|Owned by||Al Jazeera Media Network
Turner Broadcasting System (A Time Warner Company)
|Headquarters||Paris (French channel)
Miami (North America)
|Website||beIN Sport France
beIN Sport USA
beIN Sport Arabic Facebook
beIN Sport Arabic Twitter
|DirecTV (US)||620 (HD) beIN Sport USA (English w/Spanish SAP audio)
426 (SD) beIN Sport en Español 
|Dish Network (US)||392 (SD/HD) beIN Sport USA
871 (SD/HD) beIN Sport USA (with Spanish audio)
873 (SD) beIN Sport en Español
|Verizon FiOS (US)||598 (HD) beIN Sport USA
1538 (HD) beIN Sport En Español
beIN Sport is a global network of sports channels jointly owned and operated by Qatari Sports Investments, an affiliate of Al Jazeera Media Networks and Turner Broadcasting System, a subsidiary of Time Warner. It currently operates three channels in France – beIN Sport 1, beIN Sport 2 and beIN Sport MAX – and launched two channels in the United States (English and Spanish) in August 2012. The channel also holds Canadian broadcast rights to several sports properties despite not yet having authorization to broadcast in Canada.
In France, beIN Sport holds the rights to broadcast major association football tournaments on French television, including Ligue 1, Bundesliga, the UEFA Champions League and the European Football Championships. In the United States and Canada, beIN Sport holds the rights to broadcast La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Copa del Rey, South American World Cup Qualifier and English Championship matches, in addition to Barca TV.
Al Jazeera entered the European television rights market in June 2011 when it purchased a package of live Ligue 1 matches from 2012 to 2016 for €90 million a year. The deal makes them joint broadcasters of domestic top-flight football in France alongside long-term rights holders Canal+. The broadcaster also acquired the pay-TV rights to the UEFA Champions League, Europa League from 2012 to 2015, Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 in France. France was targeted as Al Jazeera's first entry into Europe due to the fact that there were no dedicated sports channels, unlike in the United Kingdom.
The name "beIN Sport" was first revealed in early 2012. According to Nasser Al Khelaifi, the director of Al Jazeera Sports, the name "symbolises the mind of two channels aiming at bringing live and exclusive broadcasting of the biggest events." Former Canal+ executive Charles Bietry was hired by Al Jazeera to launch the channels. The channels will be available on all cable and IPTV providers and select satellite providers. CanalSat – owned by Canal+ Group – has declined to carry the channels as of March 2012.
beIN Sport 1 launched on June 1, 2012 in time to broadcast Euro 2012. beIN Sport 2 launched on July 27, 2012 in time to broadcast the French Ligue 2 season, and before the start of the 2012–13 Ligue 1 season.
Despite most of its North American broadcast rights contracts covering both the United States and Canada, beIN Sport has not yet been authorized to broadcast in Canada nor has it sublicensed any of its programming to Canadian broadcasters. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) requires that foreign services available in Canada "not hold, nor try to obtain, nor exercise, preferential or exclusive programming rights" in Canada, which makes it unlikely that the channel's U.S. feed will be allowed to be imported directly to Canada unless it is willing to share its rights with Canadian broadcasters. While there has been some speculation of beIN partnering with a Canadian-based channel to air its programming, there is no reliable information suggesting that such a deal is imminent.
Association Football (Soccer) 
beIN Sport holds one of five rights packages for Ligue 1 from 2012 to 2016 in France – the package consisting of Friday night and Sunday evening games. The other four packages are held by Canal+. For the UEFA Champions League, it has the rights to broadcast all matches not including the 13 weekly first-choice picks (yet to be awarded to any broadcaster as of April 2012) from 2012 to 2015. It also owns the rights to all UEFA Europa League matches including the final from 2012 to 2015.
Rugby league 
beIN Sport will broadcast the Super League including all home matches of French side Catalans Dragons. Other competitions include the Australian National Rugby League and State of Origin series.
Superbike World Championship 
On 23 February 2013, as part of Al-Jazeera's increasing footprint in the Superbike World Championship, which they hold rights in the Middle East, and the transitional shutdown of Fox Sports' motorsport operations in Charlotte, North Carolina, beIN acquired the rights to the Superbike World Championship in the United States, which also includes live coverage of the races and also the support classes, which had never been televised in the United States in the past. 
Team Handball 
beIn Sport has acquired exclusive broadcast rights to the VELUX EHF Champions League (Team Handball. The EHF Champions League is the most important club competition for men's and women's teams in Europe and involves the leading teams from the top European nations.
In January of 2013, beIN Sport also acquired the broadcast rights to the 2013 Team Handball World Championships. beIN Sport USA aired live, delayed and pre-recorded HD games in the US, between January 11-27, 2013.
See also 
- Official Twitter Arabic (Arabic)
- Official Facebook Page Arabic (Arabic)
- Official Site France (French)
- Official Site USA (English)
- On August 15 four exciting channels will be available in eye-popping HD! DirecTV press release, August 15, 2012
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