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beIN SPORTS decides to show Chile-Argentina on TV

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In a sudden U-turn, beIN SPORTS has announced that they are scrapping plans to show the Chile vs Argentina match on pay-per-view and will instead show the match live on its two networks in the United States — beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español.

The news comes after several providers – including Comcast – made the pay-per-view event available for purchase. In addition to the Chile-Argentina game, beIN SPORTS has decided to move all of the March 29 games, originally scheduled for pay-per-view, to its beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español networks.

However, after soccer fans reacted negatively when the news was revealed Monday, it’s possible that the network may have decided to change plans in order not to upset its loyal viewers.

SEE MORE: Schedule of international break games on US TV and live streaming

Edward Perovic is the publisher of soccertvblog.com – a source for schedules and US TV information for major European Leagues and International competitions.

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. SoccerfaninPA

    March 24, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    I wasn’t even aware that this was a possibility until Phil and Ray said something about it on the Football Show this morning. I enjoyed the Chile and Argentina game this evening, and I would have been upset had it been PPV.

    25 million households is not a lot when you compare it to how many have ESPN or NBCSN. On the cable front, it seems like BeIN sports is only available on high tier sports packages from the larger cable providers. That would indicate BeIN probably has to charge a lot per customer, and that would not surprise me given all of the broadcast and streaming rights they have.

    Our cable provider is medium sized and does not carry the channel, and it is likely they never will. I suspect this is true of most medium and small sized cable companies, and they probably don’t want to pass the costs of a pricey channel off to customers that don’t want it in the first place.

    If BeIn sports had better penetration into US households, it could probably charge less per customer. I may have heard incorrectly, but I think the idea of getting more cable companies to carry it on a more basic tier was mentioned this morning on the Football Show. It is a great idea in theory. I would love to ditch the Sling World Sports package. In practice, this may be very difficult. How many of those 25 million households that subscribe already are in the soccer hot beds in the US (e.g., California, Florida, Jersey coast….)? If they tried to get into more households, how many potential ones are outside those markets? It may be a big number. Again, those same people may not want to be charged for a channel they will never watch if it is put in a more basic tier.

    So is it incorrect to think that the broadcast or streaming of La Liga games, South Amercian games, Serie A, etc still as niche market?

  2. Danny

    March 23, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    This situation has been very upsetting to me. At least Bein Sports has reversed their decision on the Chile vs. Argentina game. Let us hope that they will stop with this nonsense and let us be tranquil and relaxed knowing our games will be broadcasted as stated in their commercials.

  3. Danny

    March 23, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    The only reason I bought the best cable package it was because it included Bein Sports HD. And that is because all the Bein Sports commercials stated they would show all the Qualifying games from the Conmebol for Russia 2018. And now they are putting some of these games on Pay Per View. If you ask me if they do not reverse their decision for all the games they have considered putting on PPV, I will discontinue my subscription.

  4. Ivan

    March 23, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    And here’s the updated schedule that I got as attachment to that e-mail:
    Date League/Tournament Event Air Time (EST)
    March 24
    CONMEBOL South American World Cup Qualifiers Round 5
    Bolivia vs. Colombia 3:50 PM LIVE
    March 24
    CONMEBOL South American World Cup Qualifiers Round 5
    Ecuador vs. Paraguay 4:50 PM LIVE
    March 24
    CONMEBOL South American World Cup Qualifiers Round 5
    Chile vs. Argentina 7:20 PM LIVE
    March 24
    CONMEBOL South American World Cup Qualifiers Round 5
    Peru vs. Venezuela 10:05 PM LIVE
    March 25
    CONCACAF North American
    World Cup Qualifiers Round 4
    St. Vincent & The Grenadines vs. Trinidad & Tobago
    3:20 PM LIVE
    March 25
    CONCACAF North American
    World Cup Qualifiers Round 4
    Haiti vs. Panama 6:50 PM LIVE
    March 25
    CONCACAF North American
    World Cup Qualifiers Round 4
    Jamaica vs. Costa Rica 7:45 PM LIVE
    March 25
    CONMEBOL South American World Cup Qualifiers Round 5
    Brazil vs. Uruguay 8:35 PM LIVE
    March 25
    CONCACAF North American
    World Cup Qualifiers Round 4
    El Salvador vs. Honduras 8:50 PM LIVE
    March 25
    CONCACAF North American
    World Cup Qualifiers Round 4
    Guatemala vs. USA 10:00 PM LIVE
    March 29
    CONMEBOL South American World Cup Qualifiers Round 6
    Colombia vs. Ecuador 4:20 PM LIVE
    March 29
    CONMEBOL South American World Cup Qualifiers Round 6
    Uruguay vs. Peru 7:00 PM LIVE
    March 29
    CONMEBOL South American World Cup Qualifiers Round 6
    Argentina vs. Bolivia 7:20 PM LIVE
    March 29
    CONMEBOL South American World Cup Qualifiers Round 6
    Venezuela vs. Chile 7:20 PM LIVE
    March 29
    CONMEBOL South American World Cup Qualifiers Round 6
    Paraguay vs. Brazil 8:45 PM LIVE
    March 29
    CONCACAF North American
    World Cup Qualifiers Round 4
    Panama vs. Haiti 9:20 PM LIVE
    March 29
    CONCACAF North American
    World Cup Qualifiers Round 4
    Costa Rica vs. Jamaica 9:45 PM LIVE

  5. Ivan

    March 23, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Yup, below is the e-mail response I just received from BeIN…who knew, in this day and age of information overload, instant gratification and internet “activism”, pissed off people sending angry e-mails to a corporation can make a difference. Enjoy:

    Dear Loyal Costumer,
    beIN SPORTS is committed to providing sports fans access to the world class live soccer coverage they crave, therefore we are excited to announce that ALL the CONMEBOL 2018 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying matches from rounds 5 and 6 will be available LIVE across beIN SPORTS’ multiple platforms including TV channels beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español, and streaming on beIN SPORTS CONNECT. The revised TV schedule can be found attached.
    Thank you for watching beIN SPORTS.
    Best,
    beIN SPORTS USA and CANADA Team

  6. Olga

    March 23, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Gracias por la buena noticias. Veremos si es cierto. Quiero ver Chile/
    Argentina. Pero estoy enferma y no puedo salir a la calle.
    Gracias.

  7. Dette

    March 23, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Twitter/Internet pressure somehow works again. I always think that these companies do this to drum up controversy, then appear to be the benevolent ones. It may get them a few more viewers in the long run /shrug

  8. Jason calvo

    March 23, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    I was going nuts considering that I use sling tv and can’t ppv it. I was very upset they would do this. Thank you for the good news.

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