BeIN Sport

beIN Sport to roll out across MENA with Pace

Al Jazeera-owned beIN Sport has chosen Pace to deliver home media servers and HD set-top boxes to enable it to roll out its service across the Middle East and North Africa. BeIN Sport is offering a range of sports to subscribers in the region, recently adding Formula 1 motorsports to its list of rights in […]

BeIN Sport takes World handball championship rights

Al Jazeera-owned French sports broadcaster BeIN Sport has acquired the rights to the World handball championships for both men’s and women’s events for the 2015 and 2017 competitions. International Handball Federation president Hassan Moustafa and beIN Media Group CEO Nasser Al-Hhelaifi signed a deal at the IHF’s HQ in Bâle, Switzerland. beIN Sport will be […]

Canal Plus files complaint against beIN Sport

Canal Plus has filed a complaint against Al Jazeera’s beIN Sport for anti-competitive behaviour, according to local reports.  According to BFM Business new site, Canal Plus has filed a complaint with the Tribunal de Commerce after preparing a case over several months. The pay TV group is arguing that the Qatari group is engaging in […]

French government mulls reversal of pay TV VAT increase

The French government is considering reducing the rate of VAT charged on pay TV services from 7% to the previous rate of 5%, while cancelling its plan to raise the rate to 10% from the beginning of next year, according to Le Figaro newspaper. According to the paper, the reduction in the VAT rate would […]

Canal Plus reportedly lobbying for DTT reserved sports rights

Canal Plus has lobbied French parliamentary deputies to promote the idea of introducing legislation to create a reserved list of sporting events that would be available via digital-terrestrial TV, according to financial daily Les Echos. According to the paper, Canal Plus is promulgating the idea that some sports events of national importance should be accessible […]

beIN Sport France chooses Strong set-tops

Al Jazeera-owned sports channel provider beIN Sport France has chosen Strong to provide two HD satellite set-tops to receive its channels. beIN Sport, which holds the rights to broadcast football tournaments including Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League and other major sports events, operates two channels in France. […]

Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sport passes one million subscribers

Al Jazeera’s French sports venture BeIN Sport has passed the one million subscribers milestone, according to local reports. Al Jazeera launched BeIN Sport 1 on June 1, with BeIN Sport 2 following on July 28. President Nasser al-Khelaïfi told financial daily Les Echos that he thought setting a target of two million would be too […]

Biétry: 400,000 would be ‘failure’ for beIN Sport

Winning only 400,000 subscribers after one year of operation would be an “enormous failure” for Al Jazeera’s French sports channel venture, according to chief executive Charles Biétry. Biétry told journalists that he couldn’t yet reveal subscriber numbers for the beIN Sport 1 channel, which launched at the beginning of June. Its sister channel beIN Sport […]

GlobeCast delivers beIN Sport solutions

Broadcast services provider GlobeCast has been chosen as a technical partner for the launch of Al Jazeera’s new sports channels for the French market. GlobeCast has coordinated various satellite capacities, provided fibre contribution links and is running an IPTV headend for the distribution of the beIN Sport 1 and 2 channels. BeIN Sport 1 launched […]