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(Europe, Middle East, and North America),
July 1st 2013 (Indonesia)
October 2013 (Canada Online)
November 1st 2013 (Hong Kong)
Late November 2014 (Australia)
January 2015 (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan)
|Owned by||beIN Media Group|
|Country||Middle East & North Africa
|Headquarters||Paris (French channel)
Miami (North America)
Jakarta (Asia Channel)
Doha (Arabia Channel)
Sochi (Russia, Kazakhstan and CIS countries)
|Formerly called||beIN Sport (2012-2013)|
|Sister channel(s)||BeIN Sports Canada
BeIN Sports Arabia
BeIN Sports Australia
|Website||Live beIN Sports|
|DVB-T2 Nexmedia (Indonesia)||beIN SPORTS 1 SD (603)
beIN SPORTS 2 SD (604)
beIN SPORTS 3 (605)
|DirecTV (US)||620 (HD) beIN Sports USA (English w/Spanish SAP audio)
426 (HD) beIN Sports en Español
|Dish Network (US)||392 (SD/HD) beIN Sports USA
871 (SD/HD) beIN Sports USA (with Spanish audio)
873 (SD/HD) beIN Sports en Español
|Parabola Orange TV (Indonesia)||beIN SPORTS 1 SD (607)
beIN SPORTS 2 SD (608)
beIN SPORTS 3 (600)
|Canalsat (FRA)||beIN SPORTS 1 HD (139/570)
beIN SPORTS 2 HD (140/571)
beIN SPORTS 3 HD (280)
Max 4-10 (281-287)
beIN Sports 1 SD (670)
beIN SPORTS 2 SD (671)
|TVB Network Vision (Hong Kong)||beIN SPORTS 1 HD (301)
beIN SPORTS 2 HD (302)
|TrueVisions (Thailand)||beIN SPORTS 1 HD (676)|
|Foxtel (Australia)||beIN SPORTS (SD) (525)|
|Cablevision Optimum (US)||beIN SPORTS HD (155)
beIN SPORTS Espanol HD (154)
|Verizon FiOS (US)||805 (HD) beIN SPORTS USA
1538 (HD) beIN SPORTS En Español
|AT&T U-verse (US)||beIN SPORTS SD (662)
beIN SPORTS HD (1662)
beIN SPORTS Espanol SD (663) beIN SPORTS Espanol HD (1663)
|First Media (Indonesia)||beIN SPORTS 1 SD (147) beIN SPORTS 1 HD (321)
beIN SPORTS 2 SD (148) beIN SPORTS 2 HD (322)
|SkyCable (Philippines)||beIN SPORTS 1 HD (204)
beIN SPORTS 2 HD (205)
beIN SPORTS 3 HD (206)
|Foxtel (Australia)||beIN SPORTS (SD) (525)|
beIN SPORTS (commonly pronounced [beːn]) is a global network of sports channels jointly owned and operated by Qatari Sports Investments (an affiliate of beIN Media Group). It currently operates four channels in France – beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports 2,beIN Sports 3 and beIN Sports MAX – and launched two channels in the United States (English and Spanish) in August 2012. It launched a live online streaming service in Canada in October 2013 which was followed by a full channel launch on January 31, 2014, after several years of delays due to the difficult regulatory environment in Canada.
In France, beIN SPORTS holds the rights to broadcast major association football tournaments on French television, including Ligue 1, Serie A, Bundesliga, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and the European Football Championship.
In the United States and Canada, beIN SPORTS holds the rights to broadcast La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Copa del Rey, South American World Cup Qualifier and Football League Championship matches, in addition to Barca TV.
In Indonesia, beIN SPORTS holds the rights to broadcast Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Major League Soccer (MLS), the Brazilian national leagues, and with MP & Silva partnership broadcasting Premier League for three seasons from 2013/14 to 2015/16.
In Hong Kong, beIN SPORTS holds the rights to broadcast Serie A, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), Football League Championship, Football League Cup, TIM Cup, Coupe de la Ligue, in addition to Liverpool TV, Spurs TV, Milan TV.
The channel launched in Australia in late November 2014, following the acquisition of Setanta Sports Australia which rebranded as beIN SPORTS. beIN Sports Australia holds the rights to broadcast Serie A.
Al Jazeera Media Network 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.
On January 1, 2014, Al Jazeera Sport Channel changed its name to be beIN Sports Arabia. Additionally, all channels named "Al Jazeera Sports" were retitled "beIN SPORTS" to ensure all channels have the same branding.
beIN SPORTS 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 except 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.
In the United States, the network holds the rights package for Ligue 1, La Liga, Serie A, Russian Football Premier League, Football League Championship, Football League Cup, TIM Cup, Copa del Rey (except the final), Copa America, and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds in the Americas (CONMEBOL and CONCACAF), except for home games by Mexico and the United States (which are both held by Univision and ESPN).
beIN SPORTS 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 SPORTS 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.
beIN SPORTS has acquired exclusive broadcast rights to the 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 2013, beIN SPORTS also acquired the broadcast rights to the 2013 World Men's Handball Championship. beIN SPORTS USA aired live, delayed and pre-recorded HD games in the US, between January 11–27, 2013.
A list of on-air football personalities on beIN Sports:
|Éric Micoud||Commentator||NBA and Euroleague co-commentator|
|Fabrice Santoro||Commentator||Wimbledon, ATP World Tour Finals, Masters 1000 and 500 series co-commentator|
|Tatiana Golovin||Commentator||Wimbledon, ATP World Tour Finals, Masters 1000 and 500 series co-commentator|
|Sébastien Grosjean||Commentator||Wimbledon, ATP World Tour Finals, Masters 1000 and 500 series co-commentator|
|Olivier Girault||Commentator||EHF Champions League co-commentator|
|Véronique Pecqueux-Rolland||Commentator||EHF Women's Champions League co-commentator|
|Éric Bonneval||Commentator||Test match, English Premiership and Pro12 co-commentator|
|Dimitri Yachvili||Commentator||Test match co-commentator|
|Benjamin Boyet||Commentator||Test match co-commentator|
The channels will be dominated by football coverage. beIN Sports 1 HD will focus on year-round live football with the Premier League beINg prominent as well as content from Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs club channels. Other live coverage will come from the Serie A, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), the Brazilian national leagues (Paulistao & Brasileirão), as well as major cup tournaments such as the FA Cup, Coppa Italia, and the Coupe de la Ligue. beIN Sports 2 HD will also feature live football but will have a wider sports remit. beIN Sports Premier League HD will be a 24-hour Premier League-dedicated channel in Indonesia broadcasting nearly 1,600 hours of live programming each season. This includes all 380 Premier League matches per season, weekly magazine show Premier League World, as well as pre-match coverage and post-game analysis in addition to weekly preview and review shows and highlights.
Despite most of its North American broadcast rights contracts covering both the United States and Canada, beIN Sports initially was not authorized to broadcast in Canada nor had it sub-licensed any of its programming to Canadian broadcasters. The channel had a difficult time finding a Canadian broadcaster willing to partner up with it to launch its services in Canada. Due to the regulatory environment in Canada, the only way to launch beIN Sports in Canada is by launching a Canadian version of the channel via a partnership with a Canadian broadcaster. In October 2013, beIN Sports launched an online streaming service in Canada through their website www.beINsportsplay.ca. The live service was available at no charge for registered users until February 1, 2014; since then, users can access the streams for 19.99 CAD/month. On-demand coverage is not available through beIN Sports Play Canada.
On December 18, 2013, beIN Sports announced they had reached a deal with Ethnic Channels Group, a local ethnic broadcaster, to launch their services in Canada. The channel officially launched on January 31, 2014 via MTS and NEXTV.
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- https://twitter.com/beINSPORTSUSA/status/441697088968351745. Missing or empty
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- Official website France (French)
- Official USA website (English)
- Official Indonesia website (Indonesian)
- Official Australia website
- Official MENA website (Arabic) (Arabic)
- Official MENA website (English version)
- Official MENA website (French version)