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Comcast Xfinity removes beIN SPORTS ahead of new seasons

Subscribers to beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español will no longer be able to access those channels on Comcast Xfinity due to a dispute between both parties.

According to a statement by beIN SPORTS, “This announcement comes four months after beIN SPORTS was forced to file a carriage complaint against Comcast due to violating program carriage rules and the non-discrimination condition attached with the FCC’s approval of its purchase of NBCUniversal. The network took legal action to ensure beIN SPORTS content is made available to the largest possible audience of fans, in line with the position of other major sports networks. beIN has expressed concern that this action is in retaliation for exercising its right to file with the FCC.”

Per Comcast, the dispute is about carriage fees.

In a message on the beIN SPORTS channel carried by Comcast, it reads “Have you heard about a disagreement between beIn Sports and Comcast? Every month Comcast has to pay networks to bring their programming to you. That’s right, we pay the network. Not the other way around. Now beIN sports is asking for a major increase in fees for the channel you already have, which could have a big impact on your bill. beIN Sports won’t allow Comcast to carry its channels until this is resolved.”

In response, beIN SPORTS issued the following statement.

“We are shocked that Comcast would mislead its customers concerning the negotiation of its carriage of beIN SPORTS programming,” said Antonio Briceño, beIN SPORTS’ Deputy Managing Director for the U.S. and Canada. “In fact, beIN offered to extend the agreement with Comcast on existing terms, and Comcast refused. Just like Comcast has refused to offer our networks in high definition or allow its customers to use beIN Connect. Unfortunately, Comcast would rather continue to exercise the chokehold it has on the pay-tv market and squeeze customers for more money by only carrying beIN in high priced tiers. beIN remains committed to delivering unparalleled sports content to the broadest audience and continuing to build fan engagement for its’ content partners.”

The dispute is similar to the one between Univision and DISH/Sling TV that is preventing Univision Deportes channels from being available on DISH Network and Sling TV.

For soccer fans that subscribe to beIN SPORTS, the new LaLiga season kicks off on Friday, August 17. The French Ligue 1 season kicks off a week earlier on Friday, August 10.

Hopefully the dispute will be resolved before those major soccer leagues begin.

Per beIN SPORTS, subscribers who would like to keep beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español can visit www.keepbeINonXFINITY.com or call 1-877-789-1392 to file a complaint to their cable provider directly.

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42 Comments

42 Comments

  1. John USA

    August 29, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    beIn Sports are owned by Al Jazeera Media Network from Qatar.
    I do not believe a word I read hear and I also despise Qatar the way they won the 2022 World Cup tournament by bribing the corrupt and despicable FIFA officials. I hate FIFA as they are ruining our beautiful game.
    I do not like greedy Comcast either, in fact I abhor them, but I will side with Comcast in this ugly fight. The only losers in this selfish and ugly fight are us the soccer fans.
    Shame on both these 2 super rich and despicable companies, beIn Sports and Comcast.
    All they care is more money in their dirty pockets than they care about their customers.
    A big shame on these two selfish companies.
    These selfish billionaires just want to get richer.

    • Joe Zavaleta

      October 9, 2018 at 7:31 pm

      i agree with you 100%! us the fans are the real losers in this whole deal of GREED on both parts, nothing more, nothing less. i filed an informal complaint through the FCC about Comcast’s approach, and misleading us about this, and they just replied with the same scripted verbiage Mr. Harris references on his article (“Bein sports wanted to increase the fees by a lot, comcast said no, and that was that”). bottom line, does anyone have a good, somewhat reasonable alternative to get Bein sports in the Bay Area?? thanks

  2. Diego P

    August 18, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Bravo !! I called Xfinity and they gave me back 10 cents per day because I don’t have Bein now.
    Shame on you !! You should provide a better solution not 10 cents back !!!
    Just an advise: maybe you can provide an extra channel/channels in the meantime: more sports, or movie channels. Whatever !
    Take it in consideration

  3. Nap Low

    August 5, 2018 at 7:26 am

    Comcast has never broadcast BeIN in HD nor allow steaming of any BeIN channels, now they have taken it off their lineup. I have had enough with them removing channels and still charging more, getting Fios instead.

    • Stead515

      August 5, 2018 at 10:07 am

      FIOS just dropped beIN also so that won’t do you any good.

  4. John A.

    August 5, 2018 at 6:38 am

    According to experts on Hispanic demographics in the U.S., the vast majority of Hispanics in America under the age of 35 prefer English language broadcasts over Spanish language broadcasts.
    And the huge non-Hispanic population in the U.S., especially those under 35 are becoming more and more interested in great soccer as the years go on, including of course the best pro soccer league on them all, the European Champions League.
    Turner understands that soccer has great potential in the U.S., especially considering that soccer is now played more by people, male and female, under the age of 35 than any other sport, and is gradually being watched more also by the 12 to 35 year old age group, as well as by some of the older people like myself. It is a good investment in the long haul, and it will do ok even these days. I am hoping that Turner does a good job with the European Champions League.
    Does anyone know who the tv announcers will be for the Turner TNT European games?

    • Christopher Harris

      August 5, 2018 at 7:33 am

      Turner will use the world feed for commentators.

    • MentiroTSE

      August 5, 2018 at 10:06 am

      I have no idea what study this is from and it probably is true for things like TV shows and movies, however being in that demographic I can guarantee you it does not apply to Soccer, there is very few if any who would prefer to watch the likes of whoever the D level announcers Fox has doing Liga MX over the Spanish Coverage. There is few latinos who would rather hear Martin Tyler mumbling his way through another broadcast over Andres Cantor.

      • Oliver Tse

        August 5, 2018 at 10:43 am

        Furthermore, the likes of Mark Rogodino and Jovan Kirovski are calling Liga MX on FS1/FS2 from a sound booth in LA.

        Rodolfo Landeros, John Laguna, Mariano Trujillo, and Claudio “el emperador” Suarez are calling Liga MX matches on site from the stadiums. They were at Estadio BBVA Bancomer in Monterrey on Saturday. 2 weeks ago, they were at Estadio Caliente in Tijuana.

  5. Oliver Tse

    August 4, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Found this article:

    en.calcioefinanza.com/2017/12/15/rai-italia-will-broadcast-serie-hd-2018-19/

    Serie A wanted another U.S. TV network besides beIN to carry Serie A & deliberately chose IMG instead of MP & Silva.

    Huge miscalculation, as Serie A now finds itself with ZERO bidders in U.S. for rights in English and Spanish.

    ESPN+ only wants revenue sharing with ZERO rights fee.

    Turner doesn’t need Serie A as it has already overpaid ($60 million/yr; only chance to recoup rights fee is via a blanket subscriber fee increase for TNT to cover programming costs for NBA etc.) for U.S. rights in English to UEFA Champions League.

    Furthermore, Turner finds itself in a dogfight against Univision for viewers, most of whom are hardcore and has no issue with watching UEFA Champions League matches in Spanish either on TV (across 4 networks: Univision, UniMas, Galavision, Univision Deportes Network) or on line (Univision Deportes website or app, no pay wall.)

    • MentiroTSE

      August 5, 2018 at 10:03 am

      LMAO, do your fellow guards have inside information of TV contract negotiations or is it just you that lives the fantasy life?

  6. Oliver Tse

    August 3, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Writing is on the wall for beIN U.S.A., as it is down to one relevant product in La Liga. Everything else is filler that draws less than 10000 viewers.

    beIN had U.S. rights to Copa America through 2023 via a deal brokered by Grupo Full Play, but that deal was void once the U.S. DOJ indicted CONMEBOL and Full Play officials. When the new regime at CONMEBOL reopened the bidding, beIN was nowhere to be found and Telemundo got the U.S. rights in Spanish only.

    Sheik Al-Thani has sunk over $1 billion on beIN with no profitability in sight.

    How much of that money was stuffed into “private” bank accounts in exotic locales such as Vaduz or Macau? We outsiders will never know.

    • Eddie

      August 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      When is copa America TV rights for English language next year?

      • Oliver Tse

        August 3, 2018 at 4:58 pm

        My guess wrt English-language US rights to Copa America: last-minute revenue-sharing deal to be done with ESPN+, with zero rights fee, or no deal at all.

        Just watch Copa America in Spanish on Telemundo. If you are 35 or over, you are used to watching futbol in Spanish. The 12-17 & 18-34 crowd are too spoiled.

  7. Ritchie

    August 2, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    I never realized that Direct TV Now had Bein Sports. Unfortunately, it is only on the Spanish Package which removes many channels us soccer fans enjoy (eg: NBCSN). If they had a Spanish add-on, that would be a great way to get Bein for a competitive cost.

    • sicariis

      August 3, 2018 at 9:05 am

      There is a $5 DirecTV Now Deportes add-on for their english packages that includes BeIN Espanol (but not BeIN English). https://www.directvnow.com/blog/bienvenidos-a-todo-y-mas/

      Not sure if DirecTV Now gives you an SAP option to change the language.

      • Oliver Tse

        August 3, 2018 at 4:17 pm

        beIN en Espanol on DirecTV does NOT come with English SAP.

        beIN in English on DirecTV does come with Spanish SAP for La Liga & Copa del Rey.

      • JN

        August 3, 2018 at 6:46 pm

        I am not aware of any of the streaming services having a SAP function for either channel.

  8. SM in SF

    August 2, 2018 at 3:13 pm

    Better not be “beginning of the end for BeIN”. In addition to soccer, they show live MotoGP, WSBK, & MotoAmerica. FOX (SPEED, FS1) abandoned these several years ago.

  9. Daniel

    August 1, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Cant say im really interested in watching Barcelona rolling over la liga and the copa del rey because of no competition.

  10. DiRT

    August 1, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    “beIN Sports won’t allow Comcast to carry its channels until this is resolved.”

    This is a lie. beIN agreed to keep current terms while negotiating. But hey, since beIN is gone, they can lower prices, right?

  11. Ritchie

    August 1, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    If you just need Bein sports, sling international has a stand alone $10 plan that includes it. Go90 used to offer Bein for free but Verizon sunset that app this summer.

  12. mo

    August 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    “Have you heard about a disagreement between beIn Sports and Comcast? Every month Comcast has to pay networks to bring their programming to you. That’s right, we pay the network. Not the other way around. Now beIN sports is asking for a major increase in fees for the channel you already have, which could have a big impact on your bill. beIN Sports won’t allow Comcast to carry its channels until this is resolved.”

    Surprising people are ignoring this and blaming comcast for refusing to pass on more cost to the customers

    • Monte

      August 1, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      “In fact, beIN offered to extend the agreement with Comcast on existing terms, and Comcast refused.”

    • EVR

      August 21, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      “beIN sports is asking for a major increase in fees for the channel” now that channel is gone are we having any discount or reduction in our bill?? how the math only works for their side?

  13. Ed

    August 1, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    From not carrying BEIN in HD to not carrying at all. Only reason why I’m still on Directv. Too bad because I’d rather give my business to Comcast since their service is less expensive.

  14. Lovac

    August 1, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Left comcast several years ago because of beIn and FS2. It’s probably the last carrier you want to have if you are into soccer. Curious to see what happens with bein.

    • mo

      August 1, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      how is comcast refusing to pay more to bring it to you a fault of comcast..bet a lot of people will complain if comcast pays the fees and makes the customers pay it via their bills

      • Lovac

        August 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm

        I’m not blaming Comcast for this just saying that Comcast doesn’t really care about soccer fans in general as they never lifted a finger when we were asking for FS2 and bein HD channels for years and years. Not sure if Comcast customers ever got them. I stopped paying attention couple of years after I left. I don’t know what bein is asking for, but they are screwed either way. There is no way they will win against comcast and verizon, especially as the number of providers carrying bein goes down.

        • EVR

          August 21, 2018 at 12:37 pm

          you are totally correct, I was a DirecTV customer and they have beIÑ in HD and more Football (soccer) channels.
          I called comcast and their argument is that we will see an increase in our bill if they continue with beIN, but they were silence when I asked for a reduction in my bill now that they dont have to pay for that channel that its not longer in my package

          • Ritchie

            August 21, 2018 at 6:11 pm

            In DC, we got the same run-around from the Comcast RSN. They lost baseball 12 years ago, but still charge some of the highest per-event subscriber fees in the country.

            One link I found suggested that Bein only charged like $.10 per subscriber, which would be Bein essentially giving the feed away just to get a footprint. It appears that didn’t work.

      • Monte

        August 1, 2018 at 8:37 pm

        According to this article, “In fact, beIN offered to extend the agreement with Comcast on existing terms, and Comcast refused.” If Comcast refused, then they are to blame.

        • Ritchie

          August 21, 2018 at 6:08 pm

          So apparently, Comcast is arguing that bein may not be able to keep its rights to games and therefore is not as appealing to carry. That’s born out so far as it is really down to La Liga coverage (which they will probably lose in 20 months or so).

          • Christopher Harris

            August 21, 2018 at 6:36 pm

            We discussed this topic on the latest episode of the World Soccer Talk Podcast. To me, it sounds more like scare tactics by Comcast to put pressure on beIN SPORTS. Other than LaLiga, beIN SPORTS has Ligue 1, Turkish Super Lig and could be picking up Copa America rights soon.

  15. sicariis

    August 1, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    It would be hilarious if BeIN announces tomorrow that they’ve won the FA/Serie A rights. Really hope this whole thing ends with Comcast adding BeIN HD English & Spanish. I don’t find Slings interface to be great and FuboTV’s delayed DVR is a nonstarter for me.

    • Dan

      August 2, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      If BeIN was keeping Serie A, it probably would have announced a renewal by season’s end.

  16. Anthony

    August 1, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Just like Julio, I’m a Verizon Fios customer that just got the e-mail regarding Bein sports not being available starting tomorrow.

    Unfortunately, it seems like time is up for Bein. La Liga will surely leave the network next year, and they can’t survive on Ligue 1 and random Concacaf/Conmenbol tournaments.

    • Eddie

      August 1, 2018 at 12:42 pm

      Can bein sports survive for next few years or not?

      • Julio

        August 1, 2018 at 12:46 pm

        As long as the Arabs want to keep throwing away money it will. I don’t think BeIN in the USA is even profitable.

  17. Gabe

    August 1, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Beginning of the end for Bein Sports?

  18. Julio

    August 1, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Add Verizon Fios customers too starting tomorrow August 2

    • Harry cee

      August 2, 2018 at 6:15 am

      yeah, found out firsthand this morning

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