beIN Sports (MENA)

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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
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 France
beIN Sports USA
beIN Sports Canada
beIN Sports Australia
beIN Sports Spain
beIN HD Channels (1-28)
Eshail Sat
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 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 to Fifa World Cup. beIN SPORTS is based in Qatar, and is based in the same complex in Doha at TV Roundabout.


UEFA Euro 2012 studio

beIN SPORTS currently has 24 High-Definition "HD" channels:[1]

  • beIN SPORTS News HD (free-to-air)
  • beIN Sports HD (free-to-air) (focused in Arabic football competitions).
  • beIN Sports 1 HD (focused in UEFA, AFC, CAF and FIFA competitions).
  • beIN Sports 2 HD (focused in English demostic football competitions).
  • beIN Sports 3 HD (focused in Spanish demostic football competitions).
  • beIN Sports 4 HD (focused in Italian demostic football competitions).
  • beIN Sports 5 HD (focused in German demostic football competitions).
  • beIN Sports 6 HD (focused in French demostic football competitions).
  • beIN Sports 7 HD
  • beIN Sports 8 HD
  • beIN Sports 9 HD
  • beIN Sports 10 HD
  • beIN Sports 11 HD EN HD (focused in English demostic football competitions).
  • beIN Sports 12 HD EN
  • beIN Sports 13 HD EN
  • beIN Sports 14 HD FR HD (focused in French demostic football competitions).
  • beIN Sports 15 HD FR
  • beIN Sports 16 HD FR
  • beIN Sports 17 HD ES HD (focused in Spanish demostic football competitions).
  • beIN Sports NBA HD (24-Hour NBA channel).
  • beIN MAX1 HD
  • beIN MAX2 HD
  • beIN MAX3 HD
  • beIN MAX4 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 and it will broadcasts it on beIN MAX 1-4 channels.

beIN Sports in France[edit]

Main article: beIN Sports (France)

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 (USA)

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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