In the latest component of its venture into the US, Al Jazeera's beIN SPORT subsidiary has signed a deal with Verizon to host its content on the FiOS TV service.
Claimed to be America's fastest growing network, dedicated to live and exclusive coverage of international sports in particular football, beIN SPORT will take its HD channels both in English and, crucially for the beautiful game in the US, Spanish via beIN SPORT en Español HD to Verizon's fibre-based TV service which regards itself as America's most advanced video network, with over 4.7 million customers nationwide.
FiOS TV customers will now have access to leagues and tournaments from Europe and South America, including Spain's La Liga — boasting the big draws of Lionel Messi and Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid — as well as Italy's Serie A, France's Ligue 1, South American World Cup Qualifiers and Copa America 2015. The network also carries the US Men's National Soccer Team away games of the 2014 World Cup as well as international tennis, golf, volleyball, rugby, handball, motorsports and more.
Verizon will offer beIN SPORT on FiOS TV as part of its Ultimate HD package. The Spanish-language channel, beIN SPORT en Español HD, will be available on FiOS TV Channel in Verizon's La Conexion and Spanish-language TV packages. The channels are available now to FiOS TV customers in Florida, Texas, California, and Pittsburgh, and will be available in all markets by mid-April.
"FiOS TV customers can now enjoy the exclusive international sports programming found only on beIN SPORT and beIN SPORT en Español," commented Ben Grad, director of content strategy and acquisition for Verizon. "We know how important this channel is for many of our customers, and we are excited to provide them with a way to watch the top leagues from around the world. The addition of beIN SPORT is part of our ongoing commitment to give our customers access to the most exciting sports programming and most popular multicultural content available today."
"We're celebrating. To be a part of FiOS TV is another significant milestone," added Yousef Al Obaidly, managing director of beIN SPORT. "Now FiOS sports fans can experience the power and drama of live international competition with our unique presentation that enables viewers to 'be in' the game and enjoy every thrilling moment."