beIN Sports (MENA)

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beIN SPORTS
BeIN SPORTS logo.png
Launched November 2003 (as Al Jazeera Sport)
Network beIN Sports
Owned by beIN Media Group
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Slogan Change the game.
Country Qatar
Language Arabic
English
French
Spanish
Broadcast area Middle East and North Africa
Headquarters Doha, Qatar
Formerly called Al Jazeera Sport (2003-2013)
Replaced beIN Sport
Replaced by beIN SPORTS
Sister channel(s) beIN Sports
beIN Sports (Canada)
beIN Sports (Australia)
beIN Sports (Spain)
beIN_Sports (France)
Website beIN SPORTS
Availability
Satellite
beIN HD Channels (1-20)
Nilesat
Eshail Sat
Frequencies
Streaming media
beIN SPORTS Connect

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 English Premier League, the German Bundesliga, 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.

Channels[edit]

UEFA Euro 2012 studio

beIN SPORTS currently has 20 High-Definition "HD" channels:[1]

The channels below use (Dolby Digital Plus):

  • beIN Sports 1 HD
  • beIN Sports 2 HD
  • beIN Sports 3 HD
  • beIN Sports 4 HD
  • beIN Sports 5 HD
  • beIN Sports 11 HD
  • beIN Sports 13 HD

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.

beIN Sports in France[edit]

Main article: beIN Sport

2011 was the year which Al Jazeera Sport 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.[2]

beIN Sports in North America[edit]

Main article: beIN Sports

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.

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 presenters[edit]

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