Even with Al-Jazeera rarely available on TV in the U.S., the Al-Jazeera English network had a substantial following online. But that will end; as a condition of being carried on cable systems, Al-Jazeera will no longer be able to send out a live Internet stream of its programming.
That seems unwise, Marash said. Essentially, Al-Jazeera will be trading a young and growing audience online – the distribution form that best represents the industry’s future – for a smaller, older television audience, he said.
“None of this makes any sense unless you talk about it in the context of ego,” Marash said.