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beIN SPORTS Launch to Redefine Broadcast Landscape

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Doha, 31 December 2013: Tomorrow’s launch of beIN SPORTS promises to surpass existing boundaries of spectatorship, essentially changing the game for sports fans across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The new network, which goes live at midnight and signifies a rebranding of Al Jazeera Sport, will grant subscribers access to unrivalled selections of first-class sports programming that transcend the walls of international stadia.

The beIN SPORTS brand heralds the dawn of a new age of spectator interaction that successfully unites international networks across the MENA, European, Asian and North American territories under one umbrella for the first time. It will grant viewers in the MENA region unmatched access to dedicated programming in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.

An astonishing 19 high-definition channels will allow fans unlimited viewing of premier sporting competitions including top European football leagues from England, Spain, Italy, and France, alongside the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, Africa Cup of Nations and the AFC Champions League.

The promise to ‘Change the Game’ flows out of the unrivalled range of top sports events available live and exclusive to beIN SPORTS subscribers, alongside new digital technology and more interactive programming through social media. By changing the game, beIN SPORTS will truly set new standards in viewing experience for subscribers in 2014.

As excitement builds ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup Finals, beIN SPORTS guarantees front row seats to all the live action in Brazil as well as live coverage from other popular worldwide sporting events.

“In a world where sports has the unique power to unite people, beIN SPORTS seeks to propel fans into a new age of sports programming by providing unmatched global sports coverage to its customers,” said Nasser Ghanim Al Khelaifi, Chairman of beIN SPORTS. “The new network will transform TVs into portals of unlimited immersive sporting action that speak to each fan in their own language, allowing events to live on long after the final whistle blows.”

The network’s unparalleled sports schedule includes, among others, football, tennis, basketball, handball, athletics, motorsport, cycling and rugby presented by some the industry’s finest broadcasters and analysts.

Meanwhile, the introduction of a range of multi-screen technology ensures beIN SPORTS subscribers can access exclusive broadcasting via television, computer, tablet or smartphone. In addition, an increased role for social media comment ensures that the network will offer greater interactivity than ever before.

The collective outcome is a single, coherent and global beIN SPORTS brand that combines superb content with state-of-the-art technology, ensuring fans a spectator experience unlike any other.

“This is a new age of sports broadcasting, and viewers will not miss any of the action with beIN SPORTS’ multi-screen digital platform. Our HD channels, available on any device, offer fans an unparalleled viewing experience that caters to them not only at home but while they are on the move,” said beIN SPORTS presenter Mohammed S. Al Kuwari. “The launch of beIN SPORTS is changing the game with a more interactive experience. Enhancing spectator engagement by offering more opportunities for our subscribers to share their opinions through social media makes this an exciting moment for me as a broadcaster live on air.”

Looking ahead to the key sports events of 2014, beIN SPORTS presenter Richard Keys said, “This is going to be an incredible sporting year. The English Premier League is more open than it has been for years and the Winter Olympics offers a chance to see if Russia will live up to London’s standards of staging an incredible Games.”

beIN SPORTS analyst Essam El Shawaly remarked, “Sport is all about passion, and beIN SPORTS is changing the game by ensuring fans don’t miss a precious moment. From the FIFA World Cup Finals, Spain’s El Clasico or tennis at Roland Garros, beIN SPORTS will plunge fans into the live atmosphere with unmatched commentary, coverage and camera angles.”

Whether fans are cheering on Algeria, Spain or Brazil, there is no greater spectacle on the sporting horizon than the World Cup finals, and beIN SPORTS subscribers will see every match live and exclusively.

To discover more on how to subscribe to beIN SPORTS, visit www.beinsports.net or follow us on Twitter @beinsports_EN

Notes

beIN SPORTS is a leading global sports network broadcasting in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), France, USA, Indonesia, Hong Kong and the Philippines.

Across MENA, beIN SPORTS broadcasts in 23 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.



beIN SPORTS subscribers in the MENA region have access to 19 HD high-definition channels: 12 channels in Arabic language (beIN SPORTS 1-10 HD, beIN SPORTS, and beIN SPORTS News), two channels in English (beIN SPORTS 11-12 HD EN); two channels in French (beIN SPORTS 13-14 HD FR); and one channel in Spanish (beIN SPORTS 15 HD ES).  Subscribers also have access to two further English-language channels, Fox Sports and NBA TV.



beIN SPORTS is a multi-sports channel providing access to prime sporting competitions including: football’s 2014 FIFA World Cup, football leagues from Europe including Spain’s La Liga, England’s Premier League, Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1; the UEFA Champions League and CAN.  Across the world’s other most popular sports, tennis (including French Open, US Open), basketball (NBA), motorsports (MotoGP, Dakar Rally, NASCAR), cycling (Tour de France), rugby (Six Nations) and many more including handball, gymnastics and the Winter Olympics.

The introduction of multi-screen technology allows beIN SPORTS subscribers exclusive access via television, computer, tablet, or smartphone app.  Programming incorporating viewers’ social media comment and reaction will ensure a more interactive experience for beIN SPORTS subscribers with presenters and analysts.

Discover more about beIN SPORTS in the Middle East and North Africa at: www.beinsports.net.