beIN Sports (Australia)

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beIN Sports Australia
BeIN SPORTS logo.png
Launched 1 November 2007
Owned by beIN Media Group
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
16:9, 1080i (HDTV)
Country Australia
New Zealand
Pacific Islands
Language English
Broadcast area Australia
Formerly called Setanta Sports Australia (prior to 24 November 2014)
Website beIN SPORTS AUSTRALIA
Availability
Satellite
Foxtel beIN Sports 1 HD (channel 513)
beIN Sports 2 HD (channel 514)
beIN Sports 3 HD (channel 515)
Cable
Foxtel beIN Sports 1 HD (channel 513)
beIN Sports 2 HD (channel 514)
beIN Sports 3 HD (channel 515)
IPTV
Fetch TV Channel 117
Optus TV with Fetch Channel 117
Streaming media
beIN CONNECT beIN Sports CONNECT

beIN Sports Australia is a sports television network operating in Australia available to homes and businesses across Australia. The network started life in 2007 as Setanta Sports Australia which was part of the Setanta Sports Group of television channels that operate around the world.

In late 2014, Setanta Sports Australia was acquired by the beIN Media Group, a subsidiary of Al Jazeera Media Network. As a result, on 24 November 2014, the channel was rebranded as beIN Sports.[1][2]

beIN Sports Australia offers a range of international sport specialising in football and Rugby Union. beIN Sports Australia's broadcast rights include UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, FA Community Shield, Capital One Cup, Football League Championship, German Bundesliga, La Liga, Italian Serie A, SPFL, RBS 6 Nations and European Rugby Champions Cup, Major League Soccer

On May 14, 2016, beIN Sports expanded from one to three channels, with all available in HD. Previously, only one channel was available and only in SD. For Foxtel customers, all three channels became available for free as part of the sports pack, where previously the single channel was an add-on at an additional cost.

Prior to the announcent of the 2016 channel expansion, many customers had raised the question about high definition availability of beIN Sports on Foxtel through the appropriate social media channels, but the company had consistently deflected the questioning only to say: "We will be making some improvements to our current programming with enhancements to the service coming out over the coming months, keep watching this space for updates".

Broadcast Rights[edit]

Football[edit]

beIN Sports football rights include:

Rugby Union[edit]

beIN Sports rugby rights include:

Availability[edit]

beIN Sports Australia channels are available on all the major pay-TV home platforms in Australia: Foxtel and Fetch TV. beIN Sports Australia is also available online and via IOS & Android devices through beIN SPORTS CONNECT and available commercially to clubs, pubs and businesses.

On 31 March 2016 it was announced that beIN sports would be available as part of the Foxtel sports package at no extra cost from 15 May 2016, consisting of 3 HDTV channels.[3] This was brought forward by one day, to May 14, to allow Foxtel sports subscribers to see the final day of the 2015-16 La Liga season, with Barcelona and Real Madrid separated by only one point at the top of the table.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hilliard, Mark (14 August 2014). "Setanta SPORTS Australia set to be sold to Al Jazeera". The Irish Times. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Vojdinoski, Clint (16 October 2014). "Bein Sport Close Setanta Australia Deal". Sports Business Insider. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Smithies, Tom. "Foxtel signs football deal with beIN Sports now available to all subscribers within sports package". Foxsports.com.au. Fox Sports. Retrieved 31 March 2016. 

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