BeIN Sports

Mediapro strikes BeIN Sports deal with Telecable

Following similar deals with Vodafone and Orange, Catalan broadcaster Mediapro has struck a deal with Asturias region cable operator Telecable for the carriage of its new BeIN Sports channel, a joint venture with Qatar’s BeIN Sports group for the Spanish market. The deal will enable Telecable to make a broad range of football content, including […]

Orange secures Champions League with BeIN Sports deal

Catalan media outfit Mediapro is to distribute BeIN Sports, its new joint venture sports channel which will carry coverage of Champions League and Europa League football, to Orange’s TV customers. Mediapro’s deal with Orange follows an agreement with Vodafone to make the channel available to its TV customers. IN addition to the European football league competitions, […]

Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sports acquires Digitürk

Al Jazeera has acquired Turkish pay TV operator Digitürk via its BeIN Sports arm. Financial details of the acquisition were not released. Reports in April suggested that BeIN Sports was expected to pay between US$1 billion and US$1.2 billion for the operator. Digitürk, which holds top-tier Turkish football rights until the end of the 2016-17 […]

YipTV launches OTT TV service for expats and immigrants in US

US-based YipTV has launched a new OTT TV service aggregating channels from around the world to distribute to multilingual consumers in the US.  The YipTV service – an acronym for Your Individualised Personalised TV, according to the company – will provide access to a range of 50 international services on a rolling contract for US$14.99 […]

BeIN Sport taps Cisco for Videoscape

Al Jazeera-owned sports network BeIN Sports has tapped Cisco to provide its Videoscape TV service deliver platform to deliver advanced services across over 20 countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.  BeIN Sports is using Cisco’s VideoGuard conditional access system, Cisco MediaHighway middleware, and Cisco DVR and user interface technologies. Across the MENA […]

Canal+ retains rugby Top 14 rights

Canal+ has retained the rights to exclusive live coverage of French rugby matches from the Top 14 teams.  Canal+ has secured from the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) the rights to the entirety of tournament rights, including live coverage of seven matches each day of the tournament, the final stages of the competition and weekly […]

Es’hailSat order second satellite for 26° East

Qatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat has ordered its second satellite, which will be built by Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric (Melco). The satellite, Es’Hail 2, will be positioned at the Middle East hotspot of 26° East. It will have a Ku- and Ka-band payload and will provide TV distribution and government services as well as the first satellite […]

Canal+ loses unfair competition case against BeIN Sports

French pay TV operator Canal+ has lost its legal case against Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sports for alleged unfair competition and has been ordered to pay legal costs.  The Nanterre commercial court threw out Canal+’s suit, filed in July last year. The pay TV operator had claimed €293 million in damages for unfair competition. Canal+ was […]

SFR launches smart home device and packages

French service provider SFR has launched a new smart home device, Home de SFR. SFR begun comercialising the Home by SFR home security service last year. The new box, available from June 3, will integrate all the group’s services in a single device that can be used to deliver control of the connected home, according […]

Spain’s Movistar TV wins exclusive football rights

Spain’s Movistar TV has secured exclusive rights to Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches over the next four years. UEFA has awarded Telefónica-owned IPTV service provider Movistar TV the exclusive rights to qualifying matches for the Euro 2016 competition in France, as well as rights to qualifying matches of European teams for […]