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.