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beIN SPORTS channels return to Verizon Fios

The wait is over for Verizon Fios customers who subscribe to beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español. The two sports channels that feature LaLiga, Ligue 1 and the Turkish Super Lig are now back on Verizon Fios after a carriage dispute was resolved on Friday evening.

For soccer fans, the timing couldn’t be better as the new season of Ligue 1 returns to action this weekend, while the new LaLiga season is scheduled to kick off on Friday, August 17.

The agonizing 9-day blackout of beIN SPORTS on Verizon Fios was due to a disagreement between Verizon and beIN SPORTS about subscriber fees.

SEE MORE: Schedule of LaLiga games on US TV and streaming

In an e-mail to Verizon Fios customers on Friday, the message read “We are very pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with beIN Sports, which also owns beIN Sports En Espanol. .

“We want to sincerely thank you for your patience and loyalty while we worked to secure an agreement.”

While beIN SPORTS channels have returned to Verizon Fios, we’re not confident that Comcast Xfinity will reach a deal anytime soon.

“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.”

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  1. cliff kobland

    September 10, 2019 at 11:42 am

    I’ve always championed beIN’s case but can see where they have become more & more unattractive to cable carriers even with no change in rate fees. The only product they have that is worthwhile is obviously LaLiga and while this will always be a great watch for football fans, it has lost some of it its luster when Ronaldo departed & Messi has begun to show his age with more frequent ailments. Spain will always produce great footballers but these 2 supernovas don’t come along very often. Other than PSG France is a hard watch; in many stadia half the local fans don’t even attend. Turkey is a 3rd rate league for failed footballers from the major countries. England is far and away the hot commodity at this time and you need look no further than last seasons CL & Europa final to support that contention. NBC has that jewel locked up tight but beIN still could have been active in bidding for English domestic cups or the Championship League (which they lost to ESPN). Still in all I keep their service because it comes included with my extra pay sports tier that happens to also include the horse racing channel! But I’m sorry to see beIN become so unattractive commodity partly because they may not have the resources to compete with NBC,ESPN, FOX, &TBS for product but also because for some reason (proabaly economic) they have done away with the hightly soccer news show, The Extra, and bi-weekly roundtable with interesting guests mulling over hot topics in the game world wide, The Locker Room. In all honesty I can;t see them keeping La Liga past this present contract and once LL goes, so goes beIN.

  2. Brendan Soraghan

    September 8, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    In answer to your question Chris . I needed to have the Premier package with Frontier to have Bein Sport .It was the only sport channel that required this . So now that they have dropped Bein my cable bill has also dropped $60 as i do not need the Premier package any more . I do not need to drop ESPN as they are part of the lesser package . If ESPN are charging over the top fees as you say why are the cable companies not passing this on to the consumers . I don’t hear of any cable companies dropping ESPN . like we hear all the time about Bein . ESPN+ is great value at $5 . I know they don”t show much soccer on their cable channels these days but their streaming is fantastic

  3. Brendan

    September 8, 2019 at 12:57 am

    Frontier my cable company a rival to Comcast in my area in Connecticut have also dropped BeIN Sports from their line up citing outrageous fees that BeIN Sports wanted Frontier to charge customers , so they said no

    • Christopher Harris

      September 8, 2019 at 7:24 am

      I wouldn’t believe what the cable companies say. Oftentimes, beIN SPORTS are charging cable companies the same rates before with no increases. If you want to talk about TV companies charging outrageous fees, look at ESPN.

  4. Felipe Hernandez

    September 7, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Why is la Liga from Spain only available in English

    • Christopher Harris

      September 7, 2019 at 6:46 pm

      Felipe, LaLiga is available in English via beIN SPORTS and in Spanish via beIN SPORTS en Español.

  5. David van den Berg

    August 13, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Fios website lists BeIn (the English channel at least) in its “Sports Pass” package for $14 a month – is it your understanding that Fios customers like me have to buy that package to get it?

    • JP

      August 13, 2018 at 12:16 pm

      Think they changed to a lower tier a couple years ago, not sure since I initially bought the sports pass to get beIN and Redzone and haven’t switched since (Redzone never on a lower tier)

    • Christopher Harris

      August 13, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Hi David, yes. But I would recommend checking with Fios’ customer service department first in case you would be grandfathered in as an existing customer.

  6. Steve

    August 13, 2018 at 9:41 am

    It’s continually amazing (though no longer surprising) the lengths to which Comcast Xfinity will go to screw their customers.

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