Category: GolTV

GolTV Goes On The Offensive Against beIN SPORT In Bizarre Announcement

Twelve days after DirecTV e-mailed many of its customers to announce that GolTV was being dropped from its Sports Pack, GolTV has responded by posting a quite bizarre message on its website. “As a result of DirecTV’s new relationship with the Emir of the State of Qatar and founder of Al Jazeera, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, DirecTV intends to remove GolTV from its Sports Pack effective September 13,” read the official statement from GolTV. The GolTV statement is bizarre because one, it never mentions beIN SPORT by name – the new international soccer network that is the reason why ... Read more

DirecTV Drops GolTV From Sports Pack Tier

It’s not the final nail in the coffin, but it’s certainly a big blow. Satellite TV provider DirecTV has dropped GolTV from its Sports Pack tier. In an e-mail to DirecTV customers on Tuesday, DirecTV informed customers that “GolTV on channel 627 will no longer be available effective on 9/13 on Sports Pack.” Instead, the new international soccer network beIN SPORT has pushed GolTV off the DirecTV Sports Pack. beIN SPORT is available in HD and SD on channel 620. Although DirecTV’s e-mail to customers failed to mention it, GolTV is still available on DirecTV — albeit on the En ... Read more

Race For US Media Rights to Premier League Is Heating Up

Don’t be alarmed, but could this be the final season of the Premier League televised on FOX Soccer in the United States? In early October, we’ll discover who’ll win the US media rights to the English Premier League for seasons 2013-16. If FOX Soccer loses the rights to beIN SPORT, the consequences could be enormous — even potentially signaling the end of FOX Soccer, the channel. After all, if FOX Soccer loses the Premier League TV rights for next season, what does FOX Soccer have left other than Champions League, the Women’s World Cup (in 2015), the FIFA World Cup ... Read more

UPDATED: Nick Webster and Phil Schoen Say Farewell to FOX Soccer and GolTV Respectively

Two veterans of soccer broadcasting in the United States are moving on to new pastures. After 12 years at FOX Soccer, senior producer Nick Webster has left the network to become editor-in-chief of a new venture named Football.com   Webster was the voice and driving force behind FOX Soccer for many years. Viewers will remember him as the English co-host of FOX Football Fone-In, as well as the familiar English voice and face on many FOX Soccer programs throughout the years. Meanwhile, GolTV commentator Phil Schoen has announced that he has resigned from the 24/7 soccer network. “Today, after nearly ... Read more

beIN Sports: Al Jazeera’s New US Network For La Liga, Serie A, Ligue Un and Other Soccer

Al Jazeera’s new sports network in the United States will be named beIN Sports, an industry source has revealed to EPL Talk. The name is consistent with Al Jazeera’s summer launch of two new channels in France named beIN Sport 1 and beIN Sport 2. “[The name] symbolises the mind of two channels aiming at bringing live and exclusive broadcasting of the biggest events, “ said Nasser Al Khelaifi, the director of Al Jazeera Sports. Slowly but surely, Al Jazeera has been acquiring rights to some of the top soccer leagues in the world. In the United States, that includes ... Read more

Al Jazeera Sports Network ‘Ready to Spend and Spend Big’ For Soccer TV Rights In US, Says Source

Serie A Talk is reporting that Al Jazeera Sports Network has won the US TV rights to Serie A, beginning with the 2012-13 season, according to a source. This means that Al Jazeera Sports Network US has picked up TV rights for Serie A and La Liga beginning next season. It’s also understood that Al Jazeera has picked up rights to Ligue Un. FOX Soccer currently owns the US rights to Serie A, and will continue to broadcast Serie A games for the remainder of the season with commentators Christian Miles and Christopher Sullivan. When reached for a reaction to ... Read more

Al Jazeera Sports Network Wins US TV Rights to La Liga, Says Source

La Liga Talk is reporting that Al Jazeera Sports Network has won the US TV rights to La Liga, beginning with the 2012-13 season, according to a source. The shocking news means that GolTV’s flagship league will no longer be shown on the Miami-based network. Al Jazeera Sports Network’s acquisition of La Liga rights comes hot on the heels of similar acquisitions by Al Jazeera Sports Network worldwide including winning the bid to show Ligue 1 in France from 2012-13 through 2018-18, as well as the rights to show UEFA Champions League in France from 2012-2015. The news of Al ... Read more

Exclusive: Al Jazeera Sports Network Wins La Liga US TV Rights, Says Source

EXCLUSIVE: Al Jazeera Sports Network has won the US TV rights to La Liga, beginning with the 2012-13 season, according to a source. The shocking news means that GolTV’s flagship league will no longer be shown on the Miami-based network. Al Jazeera Sports Network’s acquisition of La Liga rights comes hot on the heels of similar acquisitions by Al Jazeera Sports Network worldwide including winning the bid to show Ligue 1 in France from 2012-13 through 2018-18, as well as the rights to show UEFA Champions League in France from 2012-2015. Al Jazeera Sports is currently only available in Arabic ... Read more