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Customers unhappy as Foxtel increases pricing for Sport

NewsKevin Perry

Foxtel has been copping plenty of criticism this week from subscribers after it confirmed the price of its basic sports package would rise to $29.


SBS secures free-to-air rights for upcoming Wallabies Internationals

SportKevin Perry

SBS has secured the free-to-air rights to two of the upcoming Wallabies matches from the 2016 Autumn Internationals rugby union series.


beIN Sports secures broadcast rights for Wallabies Spring Tour

SportKevin Perry

Over the weekend it was confirmed beIN Sports has secured broadcast right for the Rugby Spring Tour as Australia makes its annual rugby pilgrimage to challenge the best the Northern Hemisphere has to offer.


Lots of buzz, but no numbers for beIN Foxtel launch

NewsKevin Perry

Last weekend witnessed the arrival of three new sports channels on the Foxtel platform. The highly anticipated beIN Sports channels deliver an endless stream of Football and Rugby vision for sports


Foxtel launches beIN channels early for La Liga Final Weekend

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Today’s news comes just in time for football fans to enjoy the thrilling climax to the 2016 La Liga title race with first-placed Barcelona up against Granada


Foxtel combats Optus with 3 new beIN SPORTS HD channels | @Foxtel @beINSPORTS

SportKevin Perry

Foxtel has today announced a new deal with the beIN Media Group that will see the launch of three beIN SPORTS High Definition channels in May, giving Football fans full access to the upcoming UEFA Euro 2016 Football Tournament.

The deal comes at a time when Foxtel is facing increased competition for Football rights after telco Optus recently secured rights for the EPL and World Cup Tournaments.

Previously, Foxtel subscribers had to pay an additional $19.95 to access just one BeIn SD channel, under the new deal all Foxtel Sports subscribers will receive the 3 new HD channels at no additional cost.

Foxtel has received intense criticism from football fans since losing the rights to the EPL last year.

Optus recently confirmed it will launch multiple football channels on the Fetch TV platform to provide coverage of the EPL competition, however questions remain regarding pricing and the picture quality of the broadcast which will be delivered via internet streaming.

This new deal means Australian Football fans will now have the choice of accessing Foxtel's 12 HD Sports channels for a minimum cost of $50, which includes access to the local A-League competition plus now a number of European leagues, or switch to Fetch TV for access to the EPL, plus the option of one BeIn channel.

Foxtel will launch the three HD beIN SPORTS channels (beIN SPORTS 1, 2 and 3) on Sunday May 15, 2016 ahead of the 2016 UEFA Europa League Final on Thursday May 19 and the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final on Sunday May 29, which will both screen LIVE.

The new channels are an addition to the Foxtel Sports pack and will boost that pack’s offering from nine to 12 dedicated sports channels including FOX SPORTS 1-5, FOX FOOTY, ESPN 1,2, Eurosport and beIN SPORTS 1,2,3.

In 2017 Fox Sports will launch a dedicated NRL HD channel, however this will come at the loss of one of the existing Fox Sports channels.

beIN SPORTS will broadcast all 51 games of the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament LIVE and in HD from Saturday, June 11th.

Additionally, Foxtel subscribers will receive unprecedented coverage on beIN SPORTS of the best European Football including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga.

South American football including the South American FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Brazilian Serie A and Sao Paulo Championship are also featured.

beIN SPORTS is also home of European Rugby Union with the European Rugby Champions Cup, and the Six Nations tournament LIVE and in HD as well as selected games from The Wallabies and All Black Spring Tour in November, featuring games against Wales, Scotland and Ireland LIVE and in HD.

The addition of the beIN channels will significantly increase live sport available to subscribers.

The new sports channels^ will also be available to stream via Foxtel Go and Foxtel Play, giving sports subscribers the flexibility to enjoy the service anytime, anywhere.

Richard Freudenstein, outgoing Foxtel Chief Executive said: “The addition of these new dedicated sports channels from our partners at beIN SPORTS is a huge win for sports fans who subscribe to Foxtel, greatly increasing the value of a subscription. The channels will be compulsory viewing for fans of international football and rugby and complement the already great line-up of sports channels on Foxtel. There is no doubt Foxtel is the home of LIVE sport in Australia.”


Yousef Al-Obaidly, Deputy CEO of beIN Media Group, said, “The new Australian beIN SPORTS
channels are a key component of our Asia Pacific presence and we are pleased to extend our
relationship with Foxtel to bring these high quality channels in HD to the market leading Foxtel platform.”

The new channels will replace the existing beIN SPORTS channel on Foxtel, which has been available as a premium SD buy-through channel since beIN acquired Setanta Sports Australia in 2014. Current beIN SPORTS subscribers who have the Foxtel Sports Pack will now receive the three new channels at no additional cost to their Foxtel Sports Pack subscription.

Upcoming highlights include:
- 2016 UEFA Europa League Final, 19 May, LIVE & Exclusive on beIN SPORTS
- 2016 UEFA Champions League Final, 29 May, LIVE on beIN SPORTS
- UEFA Euro 2016, 11 June to 11 July, The only place to see all 51 games LIVE is on beIN SPORTS
- Serie A, Every game LIVE on beIN SPORTS
- La Liga, Every game LIVE & Exclusive on beIN SPORTS
- Bundesliga, Every game LIVE & Exclusive on beIN SPORTS
- Ligue 1, 6 games per round LIVE & Exclusive on beIN SPORTS
- Wallabies Spring Tour, November, LIVE and ad-break free during play on beIN SPORTS

*HD channels only available to customers with the Sports and HD channel packs.
^SD channels only.


SBS secures broadcast rights for EURO 2016 Football Tournament | @sbs

SportKevin Perry

The biggest names in European Football will head to your screens this June with confirmation that SBS has secured the free-to-air rights to UEFA Euro 2016

The coverage for Euro 2016 will see 8 live matches from the knockout stage, including the final on SBS and SBS HD, with a daily highlights show at 5.30pm on SBS 2.

Pay-TV and Digital rights for the tournament are still in the final stages of negotiations with an announcement expected shortly. This website understands BeIn Sports is the frontrunner to secure all remaining rights to the tournament. 

The announcement comes just a week after SBS announced a deal with Optus that allows the government broadcaster to show one Saturday night EPL game per week. 

The 2016 edition of the European Football championships is anticipated to be the biggest yet, with 24 teams competing across France for the Henri Delauney Trophy. Spain enter the tournament as the two time reigning champions, but will face a huge battle against World Champion Germany, a revitalised England and the host nation themselves.

SBS Director of Sport, Ken Shipp said: SBS is pleased to have obtained the exclusive free-to-air rights for the UEFA Euro 2016.

“We’re incredibly passionate and proud about our football heritage. SBS has been in the football business for over 30 years and we believe that football is a sport that truly reflects our unique Charter by connecting Australia’s diverse communities.”

SBS’s coverage of the UEFA Euro 2016 will commence June 11, all on SBS and SBS HD, with daily news and video highlights on


Another blow for Fox Sports as Optus secures exclusive English Premier League deal

NewsKevin Perry

Australian pay-tv broadcaster Fox Sports has been dealt another blow today with news Optus has won exclusive Australian rights to the English Premier League for three seasons, commencing in August 2016.


SBS stays in the game with new deal to retain UEFA Champions League @SBS

SportKevin Perry

SBS has secured the exclusive free-to-air broadcast rights for the next three seasons of the UEFA Champions League in an agreement with beIN Sport.


Updated: beIN Sports obtains Australian broadcast rights for UEFA Champions League

SportKevin Perry

European football fans in Australia will need yet another subscription to follow their favourite competitions with news Pay-TV broadcaster beIN Media Group has acquired Australian and New Zealand Broadcast and IPTV rights for the UEFA Champions League