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Vivendi’s Bolloré reportedly in talks for beIN Sport acquisition

Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré has set his sights on the acquisition of Canal+ rival beIN Sport France, with talks underway, according to French daily Libération, citing unnamed sources. According to the paper, Vivendi is considering two options: an exclusive distribution agreement that would give it the right to distribute beIN Sport France to the exclusion […]

Telefónica offering beIN Sport at no extra cost to subscribers

Following its recent deal with Catalan broadcaster Mediapro, Spanish telco Telefónica has added the beIN Sport service to its Movistar TV offering at no extra charge to subscribers, giving them access to a full complement of Spanish La Liga and European Champions League football. Both Movistar+ customers and legacy Canal+ subscribers will be able to […]

BeIN Sports snatches top-tier Spanish football from Telefónica

Catalan broadcaster Mediapro has snatched key Spanish top-tier football rights for the recently launched BeIN Sports service from pay TV market leader Telefónica’s Movistar TV. In the latest round of bidding for rights to the matches for the next three years, Mediapro has secured the exclusive rights to air eight La Liga first division games […]

beIN launches movie and entertainment channels in MENA

Sports and entertainment network beIN has expanded its platform with the launch of a range of movie and entertainment channels in the Middle East and North Africa. Announcing the move, beIN said that it is launching 24 entertainment channels in HD and that the company is positioning itself as a “comprehensive pay TV entertainment player” […]

Qatar selling down stake in Vivendi

Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has reduced stake in Vivendi, according to business news service BFMTV, which noted that Qatar Holding is no longer included in the French media giant’s list of principal shareholders. Qatar Holding acquired a 1.55% stake in Vivendi in 2011, later augmented to 2%, a holding worth around €450 million. It had […]

Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sports set to take over Digiturk

Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sports is expected to acquire Turkish pay TV operator Digiturk for between US$1-US$1.2 billion (€925 million-€1.1 billion), according to local reports.  Local paper Star Gaztesi reported that finalization of the sale is imminent, pending approval by the Turkish Savings Deposit Insurance Fund (TMSF), the body that seized control of former Çukurova Holding’s […]

Canal+ contests rugby ruling

Canal+ is to contest the suspension of award of the rights to the country’s Top 14 rugby competition with the French Court of Cassation, according to local reports. According to BFMTV, which broke the story, the rights to the Top 14 have been held by Canal+ for the last five years, but the French competion […]

BeIN Sport secures suspension of Canal+’s rugby deal

Al Jazeera-owned sports networks BeIN Sports has secured the suspension of rival Canal+’s exclusive five-year deal with France’s national rugby league (LNR) for coverage of first division or ‘Top 14’ matches over the next five seasons from the country’s competition regulator. The Competition Authority’s ruling will come into effect after the 2014-15 season so as […]

LFP and Canal+ locked in combat over French football rights

France’s Professional Football League (LFP) has taken the step of denying that Orange and Eurosport have joined Canal+ in challenging its call for bids for the next round of Ligue 1 TV rights, covering the 2016-20 seasons. The LFP’s move follows reports over the weekend that Orange, which currently holds mobile rights to Ligue 1 […]

Es’hailSat moves forward with plan for second satellite

Qatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat has issued a request for proposals for a second satellite. The Es’Hail 2 satellite will be placed in orbit at the regional hotspot at 26° East. Es’hailSat said the new satellite will significantly add to its capacity to deliver premium DTH services across the Middle East and North Africa. Es’hail 2 […]