beIN Sports Arabia

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beIN Sports Arabia
Launched November 2003 (as Al Jazeera Sport)
1 January 2014 (as beIN Sports)
Network beIN Sports
Owned by Al Jazeera Media Network
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Change the game.
Country Qatar
Language Arabic
Broadcast area Middle East and North Africa
Headquarters Doha, Qatar
Formerly called Al Jazeera Sport (2003-2013)
Sister channel(s) BeIN Sport
BeIN Sports Canada
Streaming media

beIN Sports Arabia is a popular Arab sports channel launched in November 2003 as Al Jazeera Sport.

beIN Sports Arabia also owns the exclusive broadcasting rights in the Arab Middle East for major football leagues, such as the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the French Ligue 1 and the Italian Serie A. beIN Sports is based in Qatar, and is based in the same complex in Doha at TV Roundabout.


beIN Sports currently has 19 HD channels:

(All other competitions broadcast on all channels)

Also, beIN Sports offers the channels below for an additional cost to its subscribers only:

  • Alkass One HD
  • Alkass Two HD
  • Alkass Three HD
  • Alkass One SD
  • NBA HD
  • FOX Sports HD

The channels below are now canceled starting from June 1st 2014 :

  • beIN Sports 1 SD (formerly Al Jazeera Sport 1/Al Jazeera Sport +1)
  • beIN Sports 2 SD (formerly Al Jazeera Sport 2/Al Jazeera Sport +2)
  • beIN Sports 3 SD (formerly Al Jazeera Sport +3)
  • beIN Sports 4 SD (formerly Al Jazeera Sport +4)
  • beIN Sports 5 SD (formerly Al Jazeera Sport +5)
  • beIN Sports 6 SD (formerly Al Jazeera Sport +6)
  • beIN Sports 7 SD (formerly Al Jazeera Sport +7)
  • beIN Sports 8 SD (formerly Al Jazeera Sport +8)
  • beIN Sports 11 SD EN (formerly Al Jazeera Sport +9)
  • beIN Sports 12 SD EN (formerly Al Jazeera Sport +10)

From June 2014 all beIN Sports channels will no longer use Viaccess.

The channels below use Dolby Digital:

  • beIN Sports 1 HD
  • beIN Sports 2 HD
  • beIN Sports 3 HD
  • beIN Sports 4 HD
  • beIN Sports 5 HD
  • beIN Sports 11 HD EN (English)

Defunct channels:

  • Al Jazeera Sport Global

2014 World Cup[edit]

During the 2014 World Cup, the following channels are dedicated to the event:

  • beIN Sports 1 HD
  • beIN Sports 2 HD
  • beIN Sports 11 HD EN (English)
  • beIN Sports 13 HD FR (French)

beIN Sports Arabia has the full broadcasting rights for the 2014 World Cup for North Africa and the Middle East. It is the only licensed broadcaster in this region.


Notable events to which beIN Sports and its sister channels hold broadcasting rights include:

American football[edit]



Throughout the 2013/14 Premier League season, after numerous media rights debates with beIN Sports against the Premier League, beIN sports began showing only 1 live Saturday 3pm match each Saturday. For the 2014/15 season, beIN Sports will begin to show each Premier League match live and exclusive in HD. [2] However, as of 16 August 2014 viewers in the Middle East/N.Africa region were still unable to watch more than one Saturday 3pm kick-off, with beIN Sports yet to comment publicly on why the channel cannot honour its commitment to subscribers to show every English Premier League match live.




Motor Sports[edit]


Winter Sports[edit]


beIN Sports in the UK[edit]

On 23 October 2011, the Daily Mail published an article saying that Al Jazeera's eyes is on broadcasting the Premier League, with the headline: "Sky face Premier League TV rights battle as Al Jazeera ponder rival mega deal"[3] Al Jazeera is looking to get exclusive English Premier League marketing rights inside and outside UK.

On 28 February 2012, it became even more possible after it was announced it can be a “realistic prospect”.[4]

beIN Sports in France[edit]

Main article: beIN Sport

2011 was the year which Al Jazeera Sports owned the rights of broadcasting some of the French league matches inside France and full marketing rights for the French league outside France.

Monday 5 December 2011 UEFA announced on its website that Al Jazeera Sport awarded media rights in France for UEFA Champions League 2012-15.

According to the UEFA website, each season Al Jazeera Sport will broadcast 133 matches live across its television channels, internet and mobile services. The broadcaster has also committed to significant pre-match preview programming and highlights on both UEFA Champions League matchnights.[5]

beIN Sports in North America[edit]

Main article: beIN Sport

In 2012, Al Jazeera agreed with Time Warner Cable of New York as its partner. Starting in 2012, Al Jazeera carries the rights of three top leagues – Serie A, La Liga, and Ligue 1. In 2013, with the closure of Fox Sports' Speed Channel that August, Al Jazeera quickly obtained rights to the Superbike World Championship for the United States region, and quickly added FIM Motocross World Championship coverage, creating speculation that Al Jazeera could become the rights holder of Supercross in the future.

UEFA Champions League[edit]

Al Jazeera Sports pulled off a major coup at the start of 2008 by winning the rights for the UEFA Champions League starting from season 2009-2010. The rights were previously with ART Sport. Al Jazeera also won the rights for the Europa League for at least the next three seasons from 2009 to 2012.

Ayman Jadah, Al Jazeera's General Manager, said: "this is a major development for us. Right now, we have about one million subscribers. We are looking at a figure of three million subscribers in the next two years,"

Al Jazeera beat off competition from ART (which they later bought), Orbit, Showtime and Abu Dhabi Sports to secure the rights. The bid figure was not revealed.

The purchase of ART sports channels[edit]

On Tuesday, 24 November 2009, Al Jazeera Sports officially announced after various rumors on many web sites the purchase of ART sports channels, which includes the brand name and all sports rights held by the channel, including the FIFA competitions rights. The announcement was made at a conference at the Ritz-Carlton, Doha, Qatar. The purchase agreement allows the subscribers of both networks to view all ART channels and Al Jazeera channels, plus ESPN, ESPN Classic and ESPN America until 31 December. At that time the ART Sports Channels 1-6 will cease operation, allowing Al Jazeera Sports to become the largest sports network in the Middle East and North Africa.

The agreement was welcomed by many locals as Al Jazeera Sports as the value of sporting rights held by the channel is much more than the price paid to view them.

In Qatar[edit]

beIN Sports was the first sports channel to be launched from Qatar. It has broadcast events held in Qatar like the 2006 Asian Games, the Losail leg of the MotoGP, Qatari League, The Emir Cup, Heir Apparent Cup and also FIFA World Cup qualifying matches of Qatar.

beIN Sports analysts[edit]

Since the launching of the channel in November 2003 Al Jazeera Sports have numbers of sports analyst in all the championships they air

2010 FIFA World Cup
Arabic channels
Tunisia Tarak Dhiab Tunisia Nabil Maaloul Saudi Arabia Sami Al Jaber Saudi Arabia Nawaf Al-Temyat
Italy Arrigo Sacchi Italy Alessandro Altobelli Morocco Badou Ezzaki Egypt Hazem Emam
Brazil Bebeto Argentina José Pekerman Spain Luis Aragonés France Arsène Wenger
Netherlands Ronald de Boer Denmark Michael Laudrup Germany Lothar Matthäus Nigeria Emmanuel Amuneke
English channels
England Trevor Francis England Mark Hateley England David Platt England Sam Allardyce
England Tim Sherwood England Glenn Hoddle England Ray Wilkins England Terry Venables
England Peter Reid Scotland Craig Brown Scotland Graeme Souness Northern Ireland Iain Dowie
Algeria Ali Benarbia Uruguay Gus Poyet Republic of Ireland Frank Stapleton
Euro 2008
Saudi Arabia Sami Al Jaber Algeria Rabah Madjer Tunisia Tarak Dhiab France Arsène Wenger
England Sam Allardyce England Peter Reid Spain Francisco Buyo Portugal Paulo Futre
Italy Cesare Maldini Republic of Ireland David O'Leary
Domestic Leagues
Italy Cesare Maldini (Serie A) Italy Alessandro Altobelli (Serie A) Egypt Hazem Emam (Serie A)
Tunisia Tarak Dhiab (La Liga) Spain Francisco Buyo (La Liga) Algeria Rabah Madjer (Primeira Liga)
Other Competitions
Saudi Arabia Nawaf Al-Temyat (AFC Champions League)
Oman Hani Al-Dhabit (2009 Gulf Cup of Nations)
Liberia George Weah (2010 African Cup of Nations)

Also number of retired players and coaches become guests in the channel programs


beIN Sports has many frequencies on different satellites:

Satellite Freq POL S/R FEC Channels
Nilesat 12284 V 27500 3/4 beIN Sports News,beIN Sports 1,2,3,4,5
Nilesat 11449 H 27500 5/6 beIN Sports 6,7,8,11 EN (now infocard),12 EN(now infocard), NBA, Fox Sports
Nilesat 12264 H 27500 2/3 beIN Sports 1 HD,2 HD,3 HD,4 HD
Nilesat 12476 V 27500 2/3 beIN Sports 5 HD,6 HD,7 HD,8 HD
Nilesat 12245 V 27500 2/3 beIN Sports 9 HD,10 HD,15 HD SP,beIN Sports, beIN Sports News
Nilesat 10853 H 27500 2/3 beIN Sports 11 HD EN,12 HD EN,13 HD FR,14 HD FR
ARABSAT BADR-6 12379 H 27500 3/4 beIN Sports News,beIN Sports 1,2,3,4,5
ARABSAT BADR-6 12341 H 27500 5/6 beIN Sports 6,7,8,11 EN (now infocard),12 EN(now infocard), NBA, Fox Sports
Es'hail 1 11547 V 27500 2/3 beIN Sports 1 HD,2 HD,3 HD,4 HD
Es'hail 1 11585 V 27500 2/3 beIN Sports 5 HD,6 HD,7 HD,8 HD
Es'hail 1 11623 V 27500 2/3 beIN Sports 9 HD,10 HD,15 HD SP,beIN Sports,beIN Sports News
Es'hail 1 11642 H 27500 2/3 beIN Sports 11 HD EN,12 HD EN,13 HD FR,14 HD FR

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