Gone are the days when beIN SPORTS Connect was a streaming service that could be ignored. As beIN SPORTS has not only added more TV rights but has also increased the number of games it broadcasts, the amount of soccer games that are streamed live on beIN SPORTS Connect is at a record high.
If you haven’t been paying attention to beIN SPORTS Connect, let me catch you up on the service. The streaming service from beIN SPORTS Connect features 11 streaming channels. The first two are beIN SPORTS (English-language) and beIN SPORTS en Español (Spanish-language). The other nine channels are the jewel of the crown as they broadcast streams of games that aren’t available live on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español.
To give you an idea of how vital beIN SPORTS Connect now is for soccer fans in the United States, beIN SPORTS Connect will be airing 8 League Cup games during the next 48 hours and only one of them will be shown live on television (Barcelona and Real Madrid games take precedence this week over the EFL Cup). Those League Cup games feature teams such as Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton and others.
If you’re a fan of Italian soccer, most of the games are available exclusively via beIN SPORTS Connect. If you follow French football, almost every game each weekend is available via beIN SPORTS Connect. Outside of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, most of the games from La Liga are shown live exclusively via beIN SPORTS Connect. And last but not least, if you follow a club in the Championship, you know that out of the games that air, the vast majority are only via beIN SPORTS Connect.
Where beIN SPORTS Connect particularly becomes vital is when there are several games being played simultaneously. A perfect example of this is during the World Cup qualifiers (both CONCACAF and CONMEBOL) that beIN SPORTS air. Particularly with the CONMEBOL games, many of the games overlap with each other, which must be a headache for broadcasters. But with beIN SPORTS Connect, you can pick and choose which games you want to watch without the concern of whether the game will be on TV or not.
beIN SPORTS Connect isn’t perfect, by any means, but the most recent redesign from last year is a lot more easier to use. The only stumbling block is that the current version of beIN SPORTS Connect isn’t compatible with the Google Chrome browser.