beIN Sports (/beːn/ bee-in) is a global network of sports channels owned and operated by beIN Media Group, a spinoff of Al Jazeera network.
BeIN currently operates three full-time channels in France (where beIN Sports was launched for the first time) – beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports 2, beIN Sports 3 and 7 additional channels named beIN Sports MAX (4 to 10) – 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 regulatory environment in Canada. It currently operates one channel and beIN Sports MAX 1-8 in Spain dedicated to football from July 2015 owned by beIN Media Group but operated by Mediapro.
In France, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast major 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 MotoGP, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Copa del Rey (excluding the final), South American World Cup Qualifier and Football League Championship matches, in addition to Barça TV. Despite these rights, BeIN Sports is only available to 21 percent of U.S. households, the second worst availability of any English-speaking cable network in the United States.
In Indonesia, beIN Sports holds the rights to broadcast Serie A, Ligue 1, 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 Malaysia, beIN Sports offers comprehensive coverge of European Football Leagues including La Liga, Ligue 1 and more.
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 UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Capital One Cup, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, MLS and RBS Six Nations. On March 14, 2016, beIN Sports Australia expanded from one to three channels, all in HD, and as of May 15, 2016 has been made available to all Foxtel sport pack subscribers, rather than the original add-on cost for a single SD channel.
beIN CONNECT, also known as beIN SPORTS CONNECT, is a subsidiary over-the-top content (OTT) service launched in 2014. It allows users to watch live and on demand video content from a Mac, Windows PC, mobile phone, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4 via a broadband or Wi-Fi internet connection. On demand content comprises sports highlights, movies, and TV shows. beIN CONNECT is available as a paid service in France, Spain, United States, Canada and the MENA region.