Al Jazeera to broadcast beIN Sport via Eutelsat

MUMBAI: Al Jazeera‘s sports network beIN Sport has selected Eutelsat Communications to broadcast its two new channels for the French market, beIN Sport 1 and beIN Sport 2.

The two channels will be broadcast through Eutelsat Hot Bird satellite TV neighbourhood at 13° East and Eutelsat 5 West A satellite at 5° West.

beIN Sport 1 is on track for launch on 1 June and will show premium coverage of the Uefa Euro 2012 championship from 8 June. Its sister channel, beIN Sport 2, will follow this summer.

The contract with Eutelsat follows beIN Sport’s acquisition of LFP Ligue (France’s Professional Football League) and Uefa Champions League rights and many other premium sports for the French market.

Favouring two satellite TV positions already well-anchored in French TV homes will enable beIN Sport 1 and 2 to optimise their reach from day one and ensure the highest broadcast quality for live and exclusive viewing of premium sports.

Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen said, "The longstanding presence of two of our leading satellite TV neighbourhoods in France’s media landscape will be further consolidated by the arrival of beIN Sport’s first television channels for viewers in France. The launch of these new TV ventures also testifies to the dynamic of the satellite broadcasting market that continues to welcome new players and programming concepts in order to deliver viewers premium content and the finest image quality."

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