beIN Sports (commonly pronounced [be?in]) is a global network of sports channels owned and operated by beIN Media Group, the sports television subsidiary of Al Jazeera Media Network. It currently operates four channels in France ? beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports 2, beIN Sports 3 and beIN Sports MAX ? and launched two channels in the United States (English and Spanish) in August 2012. It launched a live online streaming service in Canada in October 2013 which was followed by a full channel launch on January 31, 2014, after several years of delays due to the difficult regulatory environment in Canada.
In France, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast major association football tournaments on French television, including Ligue 1, Serie A, Bundesliga, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League and the European Football Championship.
In the United States and Canada, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Copa del Rey, South American World Cup Qualifier and Football League Championship matches, in addition to Barca TV.
In Indonesia, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, Major League Soccer (MLS), the Brazilian national leagues, and with MP & Silva partnership broadcasting Premier League for three seasons from 2013/14 to 2015/16.
In Hong Kong, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast Serie A, Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), Football League Championship, Football League Cup, TIM Cup, Coupe de la Ligue, in addition to Liverpool TV, Spurs TV, Milan TV.
The channel launched in Australia in late November 2014, following the acquisition of Setanta Sports Australia which rebranded as beIN Sports. beIN Sports Australia holds the rights to broadcast Serie A.
As of February 2015, the channel is received by 16,945,000 households (14.6% of those with television) in the United States.
beIN Sports holds one of five rights packages for Ligue 1 from 2012 to 2016 in France ? the package consisting of Friday night and Sunday evening matches. The other four packages are held by Canal+. For the UEFA Champions League, it has the rights to broadcast all matches except the 13 weekly first-choice picks (yet to be awarded to any broadcaster as of April 2012) from 2012 to 2015. It also owns the rights to all UEFA Europa League matches including the final from 2012 to 2015.
beIN Sports and Canal+ also share the rights to Serie A and Bundesliga matches in France.
In France & Brasileirao, beIN Sports Max broadcasts Argentine Primera División.
The network holds the rights to broadcast all UEFA Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 matches on the pay-TV platform while TF1 and M6 have the free-to-air rights to select matches.
In the United States, the network holds the rights package for Ligue 1, La Liga, Serie A, Russian Football Premier League, Football League Championship, Football League Cup, TIM Cup, Copa del Rey (except the final), Copa America, and FIFA World Cup qualification rounds in America (CONMEBOL and CONCACAF), except for home matches by Mexico and the United States (which are both held by Univision and ESPN).
The channel´s football coverage is notably fronted by Richard Keys and Andy Gray, who moved to Doha after they were sacked, controversially, from Sky Sports - an event attributed by Keys to ´dark forces´. The pair´s trademark easy banter has proved popular with viewers of beIN´s English language services.
Their appointment saw the Monday Night Football brand, regarded as revolutionary when it was devised by the presenters in the 1990s, take a place in the channel´s schedule.
Keys and Gray also present an eponymous magazine style show on Friday evenings, and have attracted praise for the high quality and variety of their studio guests.
beIN Sports will broadcast the Super League including all home matches of French side Catalans Dragons. Other competitions include the Australian National Rugby League and State of Origin series.
beIN Sports has been awarded the rights to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and will broadcast all matches live.
On 23 February 2013, as part of Al-Jazeera´s increasing footprint in the Superbike World Championship, which they hold rights in the Middle East, and the transitional shutdown of Fox Sports´ motorsport operations in Charlotte, North Carolina, beIN Sports acquired the rights to the Superbike World Championship in the United States, which also includes live coverage of the races and also the support classes, which had never been televised in the United States in the past.
beIN Sports has acquired exclusive broadcast rights to the EHF Champions League (Team Handball). The EHF Champions League is the most important club competition for men´s and women´s teams in Europe and involves the leading teams from the top European nations.
In January 2013, beIN Sports also acquired the broadcast rights to the 2013 World Men´s Handball Championship. beIN Sports USA aired live, delayed and pre-recorded HD games in the US, between January 11-27, 2013.
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