Al Jazeera to undercut Canal Plus with sports channels

Al Jazeera is to make its two new sports channels in France available for €13 a month, according to local reports. The price is one third that of pay TV operator Canal Plus’s service.

According to daily newspaper Le Figaro, the price point is likely to provoke complaints from Al Jazeera’s rivals to the country’s competition regulator.

Al Jazeera has acquired a package of French Ligue 1 football matches from next season, as well as European Champions League rights. It is also expected to offer €130 million for rights to the Euro 2012 and 2016 championships.