beIN Sports (MENA)
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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 MAX
beIN Sports France
beIN Sports USA
beIN Sports Canada
beIN Sports Australia
beIN Sports Spain
|beIN||HD 1-17 (Channel 1-17)
NBA HD (Channel 26)
News HD (Channel 27)
Free Channel HD (Channel 28)
HD MAX 1-4 (Channel 41-44)
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 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, CONCACAF and FIFA competitions).
- beIN Sports 2 HD (focused in English domestic football competitions).
- beIN Sports 3 HD (focused in Spanish domestic football competitions).
- beIN Sports 4 HD (focused in Italian domestic football competitions).
- beIN Sports 5 HD (focused in German domestic football competitions).
- beIN Sports 6 HD (focused in French domestic 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 domestic football competitions).
- beIN Sports 12 HD EN
- beIN Sports 13 HD EN
- beIN Sports 14 HD FR HD (focused in French domestic football competitions).
- beIN Sports 15 HD FR
- beIN Sports 16 HD FR
- beIN Sports 17 HD ES HD (focused in Spanish domestic football competitions).
- beIN Sports NBA HD (24-Hour NBA channel).
- beIN 4K (4K/Closed)
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
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.
beIN Sports in North America
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
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.
beIN SPORTS presenters
- Assia Abdullah
- Issam Chaouli
- 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)