However, there is another way of watching aljazeera Arabic without installing the iPhone application itself that is by starting the TV feed using the iPhone Safari or any third party iPhone web browser.
Once you open an iPhone browser and enter the aljazeera.net in the URL area, you will start an iPhone web app that allows you to browse Aljazeera site, and also allows you to watch aljazeera arabic live feed right from the iPhone browser.
Running Aljazeera TV arabic as an iPhone web app gives you the advantage of using some iPhone hacks to enhance the TV experience of watching aljazeera.
For example, you can create a shortcut that can be placed on the iPhone screen for quick access. That shortcut is just a link to aljazeera.net. It is similar to creating a bookmark in iPhone safari, but you would create an iPhone icon right on your home screen.
So, instead of downloading and running the Aljazeera AJA Live application from the App Store, you can simply tap the aljazeera iPhone icon from the home screen.
You will notice the difference between the AJA Live App and the iPhone web app using Safari or other iPhone browsers. You will see a big button at the bottom, which is a link to play aljazeera TV live using the standard iPhone movie player.
When you start watching Arabic
using iPhone Safari or any third party iPhone browser you will be able to rotate the video to portrait and landscape, while running the AJA Live App from the App Store only allows Landscape.
So, if you are watching TV on iPhone and want to read your iPhone mail, or open an iPhone Note, your
will stop immediately until you flip back to the TV application. You simply can't watch an iPhone video while doing something else. The iOS assumes that you are finished watching the video and that is why you are switching to something else.
Of course, this is annoying sometimes because you might want to listen to the
but not necessarily want to watch it. So, you might want to read your iPhone mail or iPhone notes while still listening to Aljazeera TV audio without interruption.
Therefore, I found a work around that works for Aljazeera Arabic, and any iPhone application that plays video through iPhone safari or any iPhone web browser.
First you must have a jailbroken iPhone, and must install an iPhone hack called Multiflow which allows you to switch between running iPhone applications which works a little different than the built in iPhone Task Switcher. You must also have an iPhone hack called Backgrounder installed. Once you have those two iPhone hacks installed, you will be able to switch to your iPhone mail while Aljazeera TV is still running in the background. You must start Aljazeera from iPhone Safari or any iPhone browser as an iPhone web app as explained above in order to use this methods.
Using the native iOS multtasking function to switch to your email while Aljazeera arabic is running will not work. Aljazeera TV will stop immediately, and therefore, you must use the Multiflow task manager hack instead.
Here is a summary of what iPhone hacks you need to install from Cydia in order to be able to watch or listen to Aljazeera Arabic in the background:
1- Multiflow: Allows you to switch between running iPhone application similar to the default iOS 4 task switcher.
2-Backgrounder: Allows iPhone applications to stay running in the back ground bypassing the native multitasking feature of the iPhone and iPhone 4.