Nov 302013
 

The following is an image of a statement from Al Jazeera Sports, referencing the issue of the reduction in the number of 3pm Premier League kick offs currently available on their satellite service.

(as per http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2013/11/al-jazeer-asports-3pm-premier-league-kick-offs-latest/ and http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2013/11/3pm-premier-league-matches-fa-limiting-availability-broadcasters/ )

Nov 262013
 

With reference to http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2013/11/3pm-premier-league-matches-fa-limiting-availability-broadcasters/

Here is the latest news about the sudden loss of Al Jazeera Sports not being able to show all 3pm Premier League kick offs live on a Saturday afternoon.

“The changes to the English Premier League will only affect Saturday 3pm kick-offs, which means that we can only show one live Saturday 3pm GMT match in each match week,” the broadcaster, Al Jazeera Sports, customer service centre said.

As it currently stands Al Jazeera Sports can show all the 3PM kick offs, but delayed and not live. Al Jazeera Sports customer service centre said “We are still able to show all games on delay, which means that the game must not start until two hours after its original kick-off time. All other games are unaffected.”

Al Jazeera Sports presenter Richard Keys, responding to question on social media, takes the line “We are working on it!”

The Premier League is said to have limited the number of games Al Jazeera broadcasts until the channel puts provisions in place to prevent its material being pirated. The majority of piracy in the UK is said to stem from Al Jazeera’s Premier League broadcasts, and the broadcasts being made available in pubs in the UK, according to a report.

 

Update: 30 Nov: http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2013/11/al-jazeera-sports-3pm-kick-offs-statement-jsc/

 

For our clients with JSC cards expecting to watch all the Premier League matches , we can only apologize. This is out of our control. We can only hope that JSC Sports and the Premier League come to some sort of arrangement that allows JSC to return to screening all matches, although at the moment this does look doubtful.

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Nov 212013
 

According to reports, the FAPL are starting to limit which of the 3pm FA Premier League kick offs are made available to broadcasters.

For European broadcasters this has almost always been the case, since many of these services (Sky Italia, Sky Germany, Canal+) can also be receive via satellite in the UK.

However, it appears that this “3pm blackout” has now also been imposed on other non European broadcasters, including Al Jazeera Sports.

Could this be some “retaliation” by the FA PL on JSC, due to the JSC channels being available to many IPTV Internet TV systems, and that are used by some “pubs” in the UK??

Presumably some internet streaming services will still be streaming these matches, using links from broadcasters “internet services”, such as NBC Extra Time, which shows all matches on the NBC webservice.

Al Jazeera Sports have the right to show all 380 Premier League matches to the area of the Middle East and North Africa. Apparently, a report of Al Jazeera Sport has said that they will, from the 23rd November 2013, also be limited to showing just one of the batch of 3pm kick offs. Apparently, this has angered Al Jazeera Sport, who paid millions for the rights, who apparently see this as a breach of contract and are thinking of ending their contract at the end of the 2013/ 14 season.

“FOX SPORTS ITALIA comunica ai suoi spettatori la decisione della Barclays Premier League di non rendere temporaneamente possibile in Italia la trasmissione integrale delle partite in calendario il sabato alle 16.00. Gli incontri non saranno visibili sul canale già a partire da sabato 23 novembre.”
“Fox Sports Italy announces to it’s subscribers the decision of the Barclays Premier League to temporarily not allow the transmission in Italy of the 3pm kick offs on Saturdays. This will commence immediately with the games on Saturday 23 November. ”

A statement on JSC new channel said :

“Following a decision by the FA Premier League, JSC Sports we will no longer be able to broadcast all of the 3:00 P.M. games on Saturday, except one.
Al Jazeera has decided to terminate the contract with the Premier League at the end of the 2013-14 season because there are no more the conditions of mutual respect which deserves a contract worth more than a billion dollars.”

Update: many football on satellite listings sites have been updated, and have Al Jazeera Sports channels only showing the one 3pm Saturday kick off this weekend – Arsenal v Southampton.

Update: Al Jazeera Sports Channels are only promoting three matches for Saturday…only one being a 3pm kickoff. Nothing yet said about this by Richard Keyes on his football show!

Update: Richard Keyes just said along the lines of “other games not available on satellite for reasons beyond our control, but we are working on it for the future” – but this sounded to be more for the right to show the goals from the other matches during their “+10” match, rather that all 3pmKO games in full live.

Update: This Al Jazeera blackout this weekend sounds temporary, or JSC lawyers are very hopeful
Twittor: what’s happened to coverage of the other 4 EPL games?? I know you can’t show goals from games but no coverage at all?
Richard Keys :Not today. Not our fault. I’m sorry. Normal service will be resumed soon.

@richardajkeys : During the this break will you now explain why we can’t watch other EPL games even though we have a paid subscription?
Richard Keys : It’s a contractual issue. That’s all I know. I understand the frustration. I feel it too

@richardajkeys : Hi Richard, why is there only x 1 EPL match on channels 1-10, today? Thanks
Richard Keys : contractual issues. We’re sorting it. Richard Keys : What I’m saying is trust me. We’ll sort it out.
Update: 26 November 2013 : This story has now reached the Daily Mail – under the title “Sky Sports get tough on Saturday games screened live at 3pm” – which is very misleading when the 3pm kick off blackout has nothing to do with Sky Sports!

The Premier League have reacted to the problem of Saturday 3pm matches meant for overseas viewing being broadcast in UK pubs by banning some of the coverage.
The numerous breaches of media regulations forbidding televised Saturday afternoon football have led to sanctions – after warnings – against Al Jazeera, who have the Middle East rights, and Fox Sports Italia.
The Italian broadcasters have been stopped from transmitting any Saturday 3pm kick-offs, while Al Jazeera only covered one 3pm game at the weekend and did not show immediate goals from the other fixtures as their contract allows, much to the upset of subscribers.
A PL spokesman said: ‘We have become aware that live broadcasts of PL football intended for overseas territories are being transmitted in the UK. We are working to address this and there will be some editorial changes while we do so.’

 

Update : 26 November 2013 : As it currently stands Al Jazeera Sports can show all the 3PM kick offs, but delayed and not live.
“We are still able to show all games on delay, which means that the game must not start until two hours after its original kick-off time. All other games are unaffected.”

Update : 26 Nov: http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2013/11/al-jazeer-asports-3pm-premier-league-kick-offs-latest/

Update: 30 Nov: http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2013/11/al-jazeera-sports-3pm-kick-offs-statement-jsc/

 

For our clients with JSC cards expecting to watch all the Premier League matches , we can only apologize. This is out of our control. We can only hope that JSC Sports and the Premier League come to some sort of arrangement that allows JSC to return to screening all matches, although at the moment this does look doubtful.

Live UK Football TV Coverage on Satellite TV : Sky Sports. BT Sports. ADMC Sport. Tring. Canal+ Spain. Al Jazeera Sports (JSC). Setanta Sports Ireland.

Live Premier League football in Spain – Live Premier League football on TV in Spain – Live Premier League football on satellite TV in Spain

 

Where to watch Live Premier League, Championship, FA Cup, League Cup, and Champions League football on satellite TV.

The 2013 – 2014 Football Season

Click a month to see what football matches are scheduled for live coverage on satellite TV
and what satellite TV channels they are to be shown

JUL 2013AUG 2013SEPT 2013OCT 2013NOV 2013DEC 2013JAN 2014FEB 2014MAR 2014APR 2014MAY 2014JUN 2014
Aug 142013
 

Al Jazeera Sports – Frequency Guide

Al Jazeera Sports will be showing ALL 380 English Premier League football matches for the next three years.

These will be available on BAdr at 26 east, and Nilesat at 7 west.

A trailer showing the frequencies on Badr, and Nilesat for Al Jazeera Sports channels.

More information:

http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/al_jazeera_sports_channels_frequencies.php

Jul 152013
 

Al Jazeera Sport – win English Premier League rights for all 380 live matches for MENA

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.

source: premierleague.com/en-gb/news/news/2013-14/jul/al-jazeera-awarded-premier-league-broadcasting-rights.html

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.

Update:

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.

Al Jazeera Channels – this page

Al Jazeera Satellite Frequencies

Live Football on Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera Viewing Cards

Jul 022013
 

Further to yesterdays post (http://satandpcguy.com/blog/2013/07/middle-east-north-africa-english-premier-league-broadcast-rights-expected-to-be-announced-this-week/ ) about the expected announcement of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) English Premier League broadcast rights, the Pan-Arabia Enquirer has reported that : “Alex Ferguson joins Al Jazeera as host of English Premier League coverage”

If this is true, this is a coup for Aljazeera Sports, to have one of the top football managers in the world as their pundit.

But why has no official announcement been made by Aljazeera that they have the rights to the English Premier League?

According to the article, the deal, reportedly worth over 12 million dollars, will see Ferguson front the broadcaster’s English-language EPL shows for the 2013/14 season, with an option to extend until 2016.

It isn’t yet known whether Ferguson will take up residence in Qatar or simply fly over for each TV show, but with the Middle East home to a significant number of Manchester United fans he is expected to add a significant boost to Al Jazeera Sports’ ratings.

Without any ‘official’ announcement from Aljazeera or MP and Silva about the MENA rights, this article has to be viewed with a degree of scepticism.

If Al Jazeera have won the English Premier League broadcast rights, then the English, Spanish and Italian leagues plus the Champions League and FA Cup are all available with one Al Jazeera subscription.

Jul 012013
 

Further to our previous post (http://satandpcguy.com/blog/2013/06/middle-east-english-premier-league-broadcast-rights-update-still-no-deal/) there has still been no announcement for which broadcast company has the English Premier League broadcast rights for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

However, the long-awaited decision as to the Middle East television rights for the English Premier League (EPL) is expected to be announced this week – and not a moment too soon for football fans anxious to know how they can watch the August kick-off.

Several industry sources suggest that Al Jazeera Sport is a strong contender in bidding for the three-year EPL rights. Some sources even suggest the deal was done earlier in the year, although nothing has been confirmed.

Abu Dhabi Media (ADM), the previous rights holder, has held talks with MP & Silva, the rights company, about extending its rights deal , but it is believed that its bid is less than half the $360 million ADM paid for the rights to the 2010-2013 seasons.

Rival Al Jazeera Sport, an arm of the Qatar-based broadcaster, is tipped by some as favourite to win the regional rights to the tournament from 2013 to 2016, with one of the top media executives in the region saying categorically that “Al Jazeera has won it”.

One stumbling block to an EPL deal for Al Jazeera is the security of the network’s TV platform, according to some in the industry.

Al Jazeera’s existing pay-TV platform is “not compatible” with the anti-piracy measures required by EPL broadcasts, said one industry source. ADM and rival broadcaster OSN are believed to be the only regional players with the required levels of security on their TV platforms.

Others say that Abu Dhabi’s ownership of the EPL team Manchester City should not be overlooked in ADM’s determination to renew its rights deal.

Buying the Mena rights to the EPL may bring recognition as part of Al Jazeera’s global strategy, but whether it will also bring profits is another matter.

Rights to the tournament have soared in cost over the last decade, far outpacing potential revenues. ADM’s outlay was three times the reported $120 million paid by rival OSN, which held the EPL rights for the 2007-2010 seasons. Yet Abu Dhabi Media is said to have made a vast loss on the EPL over the last three seasons, with subscription revenues amounting to just a fraction of its outlay on the rights and production.

What this means for English Premier League viewers in Spain.
Hopefully the Al Jazeera signal will be available in Spain, on 80cm or 1m satellite dishes.
It is then a question of what the supply of the receivers and viewing cards will be like……

Jun 042013
 

Middle East football fans face missing the kick-off to the English Premier League (EPL) football in August as negotiations over broadcast rights drag on, a Dubai-based TV operator has warned. Broadcast rights for the Middle East are still undecided, amid a deadlock over fees to air EPL games.

This means that – with just three months to go until the start of the next season – fans of teams such as Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have no idea how they will be able to watch the games in this region.

Regional television rights to EPL games were reportedly acquired in January by media broker MP & Silva, which plans to resell them to one or more broadcasters across 23 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena).

But despite rumors to the contrary, MP & Silva is yet to strike a deal – and the rights allocation is now running into extra time.

Negotiations have been complicated by a backlash among regional broadcasters against the soaring cost of the rights, which fetched $360 million for the 2010-2013 seasons – a threefold increase on the previous three years.

That comes despite media speculation that the Qatar-based Al Jazeera Sports had won rights to carry the EPL games exclusively on its network.

Zouein played down fears that the late allocation of the rights would mean football fans would miss the start of the season.

He said MP & Silva was confident of striking a deal “at the right time”, and insisted that would leave enough time for successful bidders to finalize the broadcast logistics, along with the marketing and sale of EPL packages to consumers.

The executive confirmed that MP & Silva had “approached all potential broadcasters” in the region about the potential acquisition of the rights.

These include Abu Dhabi Media (ADM) – the current holder of the EPL broadcast rights – along with Al Jazeera and OSN.

Others include Dubai TV – which is owned by the government-run Dubai Media Incorporated – along with Sharjah TV, as well as networks in Saudi Arabia and Iraq. “Our policy is to talk to everyone,” Zouein said.

OSN held the rights during the 2007-2010 seasons of the football tournament, for which it paid a reported $120 million.

The rights to the next three seasons were sold to Abu Dhabi-government owned ADM for almost $360 million, according to several industry sources with knowledge of the deal. That did not make for a profitable business given that ADM’s pay-TV subscriber base is below 350,000, according to several industry sources.

MP & Silva is said to have paid around $300 million for the rights, although Zouein said he did not know the exact figure.

That deal was part of a haul of global rights sales that is expected to bring the EPL a windfall of more than $7.9 billion for the 2013-2016 seasons.

Jan 312013
 

Television sports rights business MP & Silva has trumped larger rivals Abu Dhabi Media (ADM) and Al Jazeera to win a three-year contract to distribute English Premier League football in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Premier League announced the agreement with the international media agency on Thursday, the latest in a series of rights deals expected to bring the League a total windfall of more than 5 billion pounds in 2013 through 2016.

ADM previously held the rights and had been expected to fight hard to retain them, since Premier League Champions Manchester City are owned by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera has also been building up its sports broadcasting business, launching channels in France and the United States, and had been expecting to bid strongly for the Premier League rights in its home region.

MP & Silva CEO Andrea Radrizzani said the big two broadcasters did not bid as aggressively as he had feared.

“Our price was quite near what ADM paid in the past,” Radrizzani told Reuters. “Even though the price was quite high, we thought it was killer content for the region.”

The rights cover all cper season and extend across 23 countries from Iran to Morocco, taking in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

Having bought the rights, MP & Silva will seek to do its own deals with broadcasters in the region to show live action.

Viewers in some countries may not need to adjust their television sets to receive new channels because MP & Silva plans to negotiate with ADM and Al Jazeera.

The Premier League is the richest in the world in terms of TV revenue and outperforms Spanish and German rivals when it comes to selling overseas.

“There is a lot of appetite for football and the Premier League is the best league in the world,” said Radrizzani.

“The format is very good for the region in terms of time slots at the weekend,” he added.

 

 

In addition:

The Premier League is pleased to announce that MP & Silva has been awarded the live audio visual broadcast rights for all 380 Barclays Premier League matches per season for seasons 2013/14 – 2015/16 in the Middle East and North Africa region that consists of 23 individual countries.

Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said:

“We know MP & Silva well as they have acquired other Premier League rights for the 2013-2016 period, and in previous seasons. We are pleased to be working with them again and are confident that they will distribute all the best Barclays Premier League action in a comprehensive and innovative manner to fans in the Middle East and North Africa.”

Andrea Radrizzani, MP & Silva Group CEO, said:

“We are extremely excited to extend the distribution of BPL to the MENA region. With this new addition, MP & Silva is now partnering with the Premier League in 40 countries across Asia, Pacific and MENA. It is a very distinctive and strategic partnership for us. We are glad that the Premier League recognises our leadership in the market and we are looking forward to using our network of broadcasters to improve audiences of top-class English football in MENA.”

MP & Silva will be the exclusive distributor of the Barclays Premier League TV rights, mobile and digital media for the territories of 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.