At 1200 GMT on Wednesday, Al Jazeera English will begin broadcasting from the network’s main studios in Doha, Qatar.
The first such international news and current affairs channel with its headquarters in the Middle East, it will far exceed the original launch target of 40 million cable and satellite households.
Wadah Khanfar, the director-general of Al Jazeera network, said: “Our launch figure is over double the original target we set for ourselves.
Al Jazeera English platforms:
“This is unprecedented in the broadcasting industry – no other international news channel has launched with such a high number of homes across the world.
“We will continue to build on this figure after launch and will be looking to expand our reach significantly. This is another reflection of the strength of Al Jazeera brand.”
In addition to cable and satellite, it will be available on broadband, IPTV, ADSL, terrestrial and mobile phone platforms.
Lindsey Oliver, the commercial director of Al Jazeera English, said: “We particularly appreciate the support that has been shown far and wide with distributors signing up to carry Al Jazeera English on the reputation of the Al Jazeera brand, our stated goals, our on air and off air teams, and without having seen the channel on air.”
In addition to cable, ADSL, mobile platforms and satellite, Al Jazeera English will be available as a live stream to the one billion users of the internet worldwide.
Al Jazeera’s English website, aljazeera.net/english will also be re-launched on Wednesday at 12 GMT to reflect the television’s look and editorial content.
It will provide live streams of the channel, together with RSS feeds, e-mail newsletters and interactive discussion boards.