The exclusive broadcasting rights in Middle East North Africa for all 380 Barclays English Premier League matches per season for the seasons 2013/14-2015/16 has been awarded to Al Jazeera Sport.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Al Jazeera Sport as a new partner in Middle East North Africa” said the Premier Leagues Richard Scudamore.
Al Jazeera Sport’s chairman, Mr. Nasser Al Khelaifi, was delighted to obtain the rights, which were acquired from international media company MP & Silva.
He said: “We are extremely excited by the addition of the Barclays Premier League for the next three year cycle, the value that this can add to our customer proposition and extending further our portfolio of top European football.”
Al Jazeera Sport plans to bring its subscribers complete coverage of the Barclays Premier League including dedicated studios for both Arabic and English coverage.
Premier League Chief Executive, Mr. Richard Scudamore said, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Al Jazeera Sport as a new partner in Middle East North Africa. We look forward to working with them and are confident they will broadcast the Barclays Premier League in a comprehensive and innovative manner to our fans in the region.”
Al Jazeera Sport will be the exclusive Barclays Premier League broadcast in the Middle East North Africa region which includes: Bahrain, Iraq, Iran; Kuwait; Jordan; Lebanon; Mauritania; Oman; Qatar; Saudi Arabia; Sudan; South Sudan; Syria; United Arab Emirates; Yemen; Algeria; Chad; Libya; Morocco; Somalia; Tunisia; Egypt and Djibouti.
To cover this extent of matches, Al Jazeera Sport will launch three additional HDTV channels, and has signed up what it describes as the best-loved and most respected local commentators to cover the games. Richard Keys and Andy Gray, formerly of Sky Sports, will present the English-language coverage, while Ayman Jada and Mohammed Saadon Al Kuwari will present the Arabic coverage.
You will require an Al Jazeera viewing card
You will require a satellite dish aligned to 26 east or 7 West.
It is unlikely that these live English premier league matches ill be made available on the Al Jazeera channels on Hotbird satellites at 13 east, as these Hotbird satellites are able to be received in the UK.