Aug 162014
Looks like BeIN are trying their best to satisfy the Premier League, and restricting English Premier League matches from their streaming service.
This means that IPTV systems, like mag250 and android / Costasmart TV / Brit TV Boxes, that take these feeds (usually for free) and then use them on their systems (for a charge),  will not be able to view English Premier League matches from BeIN Sports on their little Android tv boxes.
It also looks like this “rights card” is also being displayed on many of the systems used by the paid for mag250 systems also.

Many users are seeing the following on some of their streams when trying to watch BeIN Sports.

Hopefully by blocking them on the internet, then they can revert back to a full match choice of 3pm kick offs in full HD via satellite.
“IPTV is the future” they say – well it is if you want to watch a “rights restrictions” card!





If you want to watch English Premier League matches, live and in FULL HD then you need an official BeIN Sports viewing card and receiver :

Mar 272014

The chief executive of Discovery has held talks with potential partners about launching joint bids for premium sports such as the Premier League TV rights.

The owner of the Discovery factual channel, the new majority shareholder in Eurosport, is aggressively eyeing the UK market, its biggest outside the US, including bidding for Richard Desmond’s Channel 5.

David Zaslav, chief executive of the US cable giant, kept his cards close to his chest on the Channel 5 sale process, where Discovery is considered to be a frontrunner among buyers offering much less than Desmond’s lofty £700m-plus target.

Zaslav was more open about the potential for Discovery to enter the next three-year Premier League TV rights deal, which is expected to start later this year, as part of a strategy to boost Eurosport in the 55 markets it broadcasts.

“Eurosport is a bigger platform than ESPN on cable in the US and it reaches more people,” he said, speaking at the FT Digital Media conference in London on Thursday. “The question is what we do about that. If we look at big sports rights will be careful about it, we are going to be thoughtful about it.”

The idea of a potential joint bid opens up an intriguing range of possibilities, not least of which could be the potential to join forces with Virgin Media to snatch the TV rights.

Another option could be to partner with BSkyB, which is desperate to see off direct rival BT in the next football rights auction, with whom Discovery already has a strong commercial relationship.

Nov 092013

A man who streamed English Premier League matches live across the internet has been jailed for a couple of years by the Sheffield Crown Court. The fellow, named Kevin Broughton, apparently got a little greedy as he was charging viewers up to £29.99 for a season to watch the matches online. This isn’t a bad little earner when you consider he had about 10,000 customers. This works out to a cool £299,000 a year .

The games he streamed originated from Sky and of course this is a no-no since the television company has the exclusive rights to show the matches. The Premier League found out about Broughton’s illegal activities and filed an official complaint with the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) back in January of 2012.

The organization looked into the matter as did the East Midlands Police and this spelled bad news for the 30-year-old Broughton and he ended up facing various fraud-related charges. Investigators found he had been stashing the subscription money in an offshore bank account down in Belize.

FACT said criminals are running profitable and sophisticated illegal online operations and stated, “We continue to work to protect our members’ intellectual property and to ensure that they can continue to invest in exciting new ways to watch sports, films and television programs.”

Jul 262013

English Premier League : Al Jazeera Sport Channel 2013

Al Jazeera Sport has won the broadcast rights to show all 380 English Premier League football matches for the next three seasons, taking over from AD Sports.

You can watch the English Premier League on Al Jazeera Sport in Spain on an 80cm or 1m satellite dish, and with an Al Jazeera viewing card and compatible satellite receiver.

For more information see:

Jul 262013

New Al-Jazeera Sport Channels for their coverage of the English Premier League

Al Jazeera Sport and the Premier League

On August 1st 2013, Al-Jazeera Sport will launch new channels.

Al-Jazeera Sport will also have new packages with increased prices.

Al-Jazeera Sport will be showing Barclays English Premier League (EPL) football for the first time, from 17th August when the new EPL season starts.

New Al-Jazeera Sport Channels

From 1st August 2013 Al-Jazeera Sport will have 16 Al Jazeera Sport Pay TV channels (compared to 12 before 1st August), 6 of which will be in Full HD.

Interestingly there has been no confirmation as to if all matches will be available with English commentary.

The viewing cards should work in existing AD Sports receivers. If you do not have an AD Sports receiver then you will need to purchase a compatible receiver. However, it has been rumoured that Al Jazeera may be producing their own receiver, that the viewing cards MUST be paired with to fully function.


Al-Jazeera Sport Question and Answer guide:

Which channels will have Barclays Premier League football on them?
The scheduling of our channels is still ongoing and we will communicate this as soon as it is finalised.

Will I still be able to watch Barclays Premier League on Abu Dhabi Sports?
No. Al Jazeera Sports has the exclusive rights to EPL, so you will need to be an AJS subscriber to watch Barclays Premier League football.

What will there be on the new HD channels?
The scheduling of our channels is still ongoing and we will communicate this as soon as it is finalised.

Further information on Al Jazeera:

Jul 112013

BSkyB has muscled out challenger BT Sports to secure key matches at the start of the Premier League season, including Manchester United’s clashes with other top teams, José Mourinho’s first fixture back at Chelsea and Manuel Pellegrini’s first game in charge of Manchester City.

The first round of televised Premier League fixtures published on Thursday reveal that Sky Sports has focused its efforts on keeping out BT from Manchester United’s top matches, which attract the biggest football audiences, including the Manchester derby.

BT’s top matches in the opening weeks of the 2013/14 season are the London derby clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea and Everton versus Liverpool in the Merseyside derby.

Sky have exercised their right to first refusal in the first rounds of the season. They also say they will screen every meeting between last year’s top four.

Although BT have the rights for 18 first choice matches, Sky have been ruthless in their ability to tell them when these will be.

However, while Sky has plucked the pick of the top Premier League games until December, BT could have a strong end to the season, as it has only exercised five of its 18 first picks, leaving with it with 13 first picks at the business end of the season. Sky has exercised eight of its 20 picks, leaving it with 12.

But the contrast in the early games is marked, with BT’s first game of the season Liverpool v Stoke, while Sky is airing David Moye’s much-anticpiated first game in charge of Manchester United in a free-to-air live broadcast, in an effort to get one over on BT, which has spent £738m over three years securing the rights to 38 live matches a season. Sky paid £2.3bn for 116 matches per season.

Sky is also showing every fixture between last season’s top four clubs and will have shown a live match featuring every Premier League team at least once by 6 October.

But BT does have some prize games in the first half of the season, including Tottenham v Manchester United.

Live football on satellite TV :

Live football in August 2013 on satellite TV :

Jul 022013

Further to yesterdays post ( ) 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 ( 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……