beIN Sports (MENA)
Logo of the network starting January 1, 2017.
|Launched||November 2003 (as Al Jazeera Sport)|
|Network||beIN Channels Network|
|Owned by||beIN Sports (beIN Media Group)|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Slogan||Change the game.|
|Broadcast area||Middle East and North Africa|
|Formerly called||Al Jazeera Sport (2003-2013)|
|Replaced by||beIN SPORTS|
|Sister channel(s)||beIN MOVIES
beIN Sports France
beIN Sports USA
beIN Sports Canada
beIN Sports Australia
beIN Sports Spain
|beIN||beIN SPORTS HD 1-17 (Channel 1-17)
beIN SPORTS NBA HD (Channel 20)
beIN SPORTS HD "FTA" (Channel 21)
beIN SPORTS News HD "FTA" (Channel 200)
beIN SPORTS 4K (Channel 400)
beIN SPORTS HD 1-4 MAX (Channel 401-404)
beIN SPORTS is a popular sports channel launched in November 2003 originally as Al Jazeera Sport.
beIN SPORTS also owns the exclusive broadcasting rights in the Arab Middle East for major football leagues, such as the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, English Premier League, the German Bundesliga, the Spanish La Liga, the French Ligue 1 and the Italian Serie A plus the FIFA World Cup. beIN SPORTS is based in Qatar, and is based in the same complex in Doha at TV Roundabout.
beIN SPORTS currently has 24 High-Definition "HD" channels.
beIN SPORTS MENA has the full broadcasting rights for the 2018 World Cup and 2022 World Cup for North Africa and the Middle East. It is the only licensed broadcaster in this region and it will broadcasts it on beIN SPORTS 1-4 MAX channels.
UEFA Champions League
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.
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.
- "Get Bein". Get Bein. Retrieved 2016-04-06.
- Szalai, Georg (July 16, 2013). "Al Jazeera Sport Buys English Premier League Soccer TV Rights for Middle East". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
- "Al Jazeera Sport seen as strong player as EPL rights call looms". Al Arabiya. 20 June 2013.
- "Al Jazeera Sport rebranded beIN SPORTS". Al Arabiya. 31 December 2013.
- Official Site (English)