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Launched 2012 (France, USA),
2013 (Indonesia, Philippines, Hong Kong),
2014 (MENA, Thailand, Canada, Australia),
2015 (Spain)
Network beIN SPORTS
Owned by beIN Media Group
Country Middle East & North Africa
United States
Hong Kong
Language Arabic
Headquarters Doha (Arabia channel)
Miami (North America)
Paris (French channel)
Barcelona (Spanish channel)
Jakarta (Asia)
Formerly called beIN Sport (2012-2013)
Replaced by beIN Sports
Sister channel(s) beIN Sports Arabia
beIN Sports Australia
beIN Sports Canada
beIN Sports Spain
Website beIN SPORTS
DVB-T2 Nexmedia (Indonesia) beIN Sports 1 SD (603)
beIN Sports 2 SD (604)
beIN Sports 3 (605)[1][2]
set-top box (Arab World)
HD Channels (1-18)
DirecTV (US) 620 (HD) beIN Sports USA (English w/Spanish SAP audio)
467 (HD) beIN Sports en Español[3]
Dish Network (US) 392 & 9611 (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)[1]
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)
Movistar+ (Spain) beIN Sports HD (50)
beIN Sports MAX HD 1-8 (X-X)
Cablevision Optimum (US) beIN Sports HD (155)
beIN Sports Espanol HD (154)
Verizon FiOS (US) 596 (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)[1][4]
SkyCable (Philippines) beIN Sports 1 HD (204)
beIN Sports 2 HD (205)
beIN Sports 3 HD (206)
Foxtel (Australia) beIN Sports (SD) (525)
Vodafone (Spain) beIN Sports HD (70)
beIN Sports MAX HD 1-8 (275–281 MAX)
Orange (Spain) beIN Sports HD (60)
beIN Sports MAX HD 1-8 (61–67 MAX)
Telecable (Spain) beIN Sports HD (48)
beIN Sports MAX HD 1-8 (156-162 MAX)
Zazeen (Canada) 77 (HD)
Movistar+ (Spain) 50 (HD)
Streaming media
Sling TV Internet Protocol television
PlayStation Vue Internet Protocol television
TotalChannel (Spain) Internet Protocol television
beIN Sports CONNECT Internet Protocol television
YouTube (Only in Spain) Live on YouTube

beIN SPORTS (commonly pronounced [beːn]) is a global network of sports channels owned and operated by beIN MEDIA GROUP. It currently operates 3 full time channels in France – beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports 2, beIN Sports 3 and 7 additionnal channels named beIN SPORTS MAX (4 to 10) – and launched two channels in the United States (English and Spanish) in August 2012.[5] 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.[citation needed] It currently operates one channel and beIN Sports MAX 1-8 in Spain dedicated to football from July 2015 owned by beIN Media Group but operated by Mediapro.

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.[6]

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.[7] beIN Sports Australia holds the rights to broadcast UEFA Champions League,[8] UEFA Europa League, Capital One Cup, La Liga, Serie A,[9] Ligue 1, Bundesliga, MLS and RBS Six Nations.

As of February 2015, the channel is received by 16,945,000 households (14.6% of those with television) in the United States.[10]


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+.[11] 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.[12][13][14] 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.[15]

The name "beIN Sports" 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."[16] Former Canal+ executive Charles Bietry was hired by Al Jazeera to launch the channels.[17] The channels will be available on all cable and IPTV providers and select satellite providers.[18] CanalSat – owned by Canal+ Group – has declined to carry the channels as of March 2012.[19]

beIN Sports 1 launched on June 1, 2012 in time to broadcast Euro 2012.[20] beIN Sports 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.[20]

On 31 December 2013, Al Jazeera Sport was spun off from Al Jazeera Media Network and also rebranded as beIN Sports.[21] The company is a private institution established by the Emir of Qatar in 2013.[22]

In June 2015, it was announced that Nasser Al-Khelaifi had plans to launch the beIN Sports channel on TV operators to cable in Brazil[23]

beIN Sports Spain officially began broadcasting on July 1, 2015, the date on which Gol Televisión ceased broadcasting all football games, which during the summer were in place under the slogan "Change the game", "Cambia el juego" in Spanish. Thanks to an alliance between Al Jazeera and Mediapro, beIN Sports Spain offers UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europe League, UEFA Super Cup, Premier League, Serie A, Primeira Liga, Jupiler Pro League, Ligue 1, DFB Pokal, Coupe de la Ligue, KNVB Beker, Johan Cruijff Shield, Copa de Brasil, CONCACAF Gold Cup, Copa Libertadores and Copa Total Sudamericana. beIN Sports Spain can be viewed over the Internet, smart TV (LG and Samsung), PC, laptops, tablets, Smartphones (iOS/Android), PS3/PS4, Chromecast, TV Operators (Orange, Vodafone and Telecable) and online platforms (beIN Sports Connect, Total Channel and YouTube). On Wednesday August 19, due to the start of the playoffs of the UEFA Champions League, beIN Sports (Spain) begins to emit beIN Sports MAX (up to 8 simultaneous channels) to broadcast all matches of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europe League.

beIN Sports (Spain) offers customers Gol Televisión lost up to June 30, 2015 an exclusive promotion to watch bein Sports through beIN Sports CONNECT, and through the app "TotalChannel". In addition, it also offer channels like FOX, AXN, TNT, and the best entertainment channels in HD for just €5/month for two months, then from the third month onwards €9.99/month. beIN Sports (Spain) launched a channel licensed for bars in Spain called "beIN Sports BAR".

From the 2016/2017 season. beIN Sports Spain has acquired the television rights to La Liga (Eight games by day, always one of Real Madrid or FC Barcelona) and Copa del Rey.

beIN Media Group acquired Digiturk in July 2015.



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 matches. The other four packages are held by Canal+.[11] 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.[12] It also owns the rights to all UEFA Europa League matches including the final from 2012 to 2015.[13]

beIN Sports and Canal+ also share the rights to Serie A and Bundesliga matches in France.[24]

In France, beIN Sports Max broadcasts Argentine Primera División[25] & Brasileirao.

The network holds the rights to broadcast all UEFA Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 matches on the pay-TV platform while TF1 and M6 have the free-to-air rights to select matches.[14]

In the United States, the network holds the rights package for Ligue 1, La Liga, Serie A, Russian Football Premier League,[26] Football League Championship, Football League Cup, TIM Cup, Copa del Rey (except the final), Copa America, and FIFA World Cup qualification rounds in America (CONMEBOL and CONCACAF), except for home matches by Mexico and the United States (which are both held by Univision and ESPN).[27]

The channel's football coverage is notably fronted by Richard Keys and Andy Gray, who moved to Doha after they were sacked from Sky Sports. The pair's trademark easy banter has proved popular with viewers of beIN's English language services.

Their appointment saw the Monday Night Football brand, regarded as revolutionary when it was devised by the presenters in the 1990s, take a place in the channel's schedule.

Keys and Gray also present an eponymous magazine style show on Friday evenings, and have attracted praise for the high quality and variety of their studio guests.

Rugby league[edit]

beIN Sports will broadcast the Super League including all home matches of French side Catalans Dragons.[28] Other competitions include the Australian National Rugby League and State of Origin series.[28]

beIN Sports has been awarded the rights to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and will broadcast all matches live.[29]


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 Speed Channel 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.[30]

BeIN Sports also airs the FIA World Rallycross Championship in the United States, Middle East and North Africa.

Team handball[edit]

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.

Football coverage[edit]

A list of on-air football personalities on beIN Sports France and beIN Sports Spain:

Name Role Note
Darren Tulett Presenter Host of Sports Night
Jean-Pierre Papin Pundit Le Club pundit
Robert Pirès Pundit Le Club pundit
Patrick Vieira Pundit Le Club pundit
Luis Fernandez Pundit Le Club pundit
Sonny Anderson Pundit Le Club pundit
Ludovic Giuly Pundit Le Club pundit
Éric Di Meco Commentator Ligue 1 and UEFA Champions League co-commentator
Patrice Ferri Commentator Ligue 1, FA Cup, Football League Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League co-commentator
Bruno Cheyrou Commentator Ligue 1, Serie A, Coppa Italia, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League co-commentator
Omar Da Fonseca Commentator La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League co-commentator
Jean-Alain Boumsong Commentator Ligue 1, Ligue 2, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League co-commentator
Brahim Thiam Commentator Ligue 1 and UEFA Europa League co-commentator
Gernot Rohr Commentator Bundesliga co-commentator
Ray Hudson Commentator La Liga color commentator
Terri Leigh Presenter Host of The Express
Angus Scott Anchor Presenter of Champions League Football
Andy Gray Analyst Co-presenter of English Premier League Football
Paul Giblin Analyst Narrator of Premier League matches, pundit on Xtra Express.
Gaizka Mendieta Commentator and Pundit Xtra Champions League (Valencia playoffs UEFA Champions League).
Andoni Zubizarreta Pundit and commentator Pundit in El Club and commentator in UEFA Champions League matches.
Jorge Valdano Pundit and commentator Pundit in El Club and commentator in UEFA Champions League matches.
Alberto Edjogo-Owono Pundit Pundit in El Club.
Neymar Pundit Pundit in El Club.
Éric Abidal Pundit Pundit in Xtra Highlights.

Basketball coverage[edit]

Name Role Additional Info
Éric Micoud Commentator NBA and Euroleague co-commentator

Tennis coverage[edit]

Name Role Additional Info
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

Handball coverage[edit]

Name Role Additional Info
Olivier Girault Commentator EHF Champions League co-commentator
Véronique Pecqueux-Rolland Commentator EHF Women's Champions League co-commentator

Rugby coverage[edit]

Name Role Additional Info
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.[31]


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 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.[32]

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.[33] The channel officially launched on January 31, 2014 via MTS and NEXTV.

beIN Sports HD is available on Rogers Cable on channel 391,[34] on Bell Satellite & Fibe on channel 1412,[35] and on Videotron on channel 797.

See also[edit]


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  26. ^ "Russian Premier League 101". Retrieved 15 July 2013. 
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  33. ^ "beIN Sport partners with Ethnic Channels Group for distribution in Canada". 
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  35. ^ "beIN SPORTS USA on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 11 May 2015. 

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