Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera names French sports channels

Al Jazeera has confirmed that its French sports channels will be named Be In Sport 1 and Be In Sport 2. “This choice reflects the spirit of both channels towards showing the biggest events live and in exclusively,” said Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, general manager of Al Jazeera Sport. The Qatar-based broadcaster now holds a significant part […]

Al Jazeera to charge €11 for French sport channels

Al Jazeera is to charge a subscription price of €11 a month for its Sport 1 and Sport 2 channels in France, at the low end of the expected range of between €10-15, according to local reports. Al Jazeera holds a significant part of the rights to Ligue 1 football in France, including pay-per-view rights  […]

Al Jazeera moves in on more football rights for France

Al Jazeera’s battle with Canal Plus over premium sports rights in France looks set to enter a new phase. According to a report in Le Figaro newspaper, the Qatar-based broadcaster is close to striking a deal to acquire French rights to Spain’s La Liga football for €20 million. Rightsholder MediaPro has already rejected an offer […]

Canal Plus and Al Jazeera reach compromise on Serie A rights

Pay TV group Canal Plus and Al Jazeera have agreed to share the French TV rights to Italian Serie A football for the next three seasons. According to sports paper L’Équipe, Canal Plus will air one match each on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, while Al Jazeera will air the early evening match on Saturday […]

France’s content regime under threat from Google and Al Jazeera, says Canal Plus chief

The entry into TV of global internet companies including Google-YouTube and Qatari state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera present a threat to existing players and the French system of supporting content creation, according to Canal Plus president Bertrand Meheut. Writing in Le Monde, Meheut said that “new offers appearing where the mode of distribution escapes any regulatory […]

Al Jazeera extends African coverage with Eutelsat

Al Jazeera has signed a capacity deal with Eutelsat to extend its coverage over Africa. The Middle Eastern broadcaster will use capacity on Eutelsat’s 7 West A satellite located at the 7° West orbital position. This will extend coverage across north west Africa to Morocco and as far as Nigeria.  Broadcasts have already begun, with […]

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 […]

New blow for Canal Plus as Al Jazeera and M6 share Europa League

Al Jazeera has continued its assault on football rights in France by acquiring the rights to air Europa League matches for the next three seasons. Commercial broadcaster M6 obtained the right to air the best match from the competition on its W9 channel and to air the semi-final and final. The rights are currently held […]

Al Jazeera to launch two sports channels, CFoot to shut down

Al Jazeera is to launch two dedicated sports channels in France, following its acquisition of one of the five packages of Ligue 1 football rights granted by the country’s Professional Football League (LFP). According to Charles Biétry, Al Jazeera’s sports chief in France, speaking to Le Parisien newspaper, one channel will be positioned as a […]

Al Jazeera secures remaining French football rights

Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera has secured a further package of broadcast rights for France’s Ligue 1 football league between 2012 and 2016. The company fought off competition from French pay TV operator Canal Plus to win the package of six weekly matches that they will offer on a pay-per-view basis. It was also awarded the […]