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Four beIN Sports Max channels showing FIFA World Cup football will now be carried by du in the UAE, after the two Gulf companies resolved their contractual dispute.
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beIN channels, which had been taken off du’s IPTV platform at the weekend, have now all resumed normal broadcasts.

The agreement allows du to offer customers 64 matches live and in full HD across the four beIN Sports Max channels. A standalone package for the duration of the FIFA World Cup costs AED551, and access to the FIFA World Cup is also being offered in ultra-high definition (UHD) at a further cost of AED38.

Qatar’s beIN Media holds the exclusive rights to the FIFA World Cup in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

“We are thrilled to extend our long-term relationship with du to provide viewers with access to the beIN FIFA World Cup. Viewers will have access to all 64 matches across four dedicated channels, bringing the best action in the world straight to their TVs, mobiles and tablets. This two-year deal kicks off a hugely exciting period for sports fans around the world and we’re delighted to be at the centre of the action,” said Tom Keaveny, MD, beIN MENA.

Fahad Al Hassawi, deputy CEO, Telco Services at du’s parent company EITC, said “We are delighted to offer this incredible event to our valued customers and add life to life by screening all 64 football matches across our dedicated beIN SPORTS channels. We continue to offer complete transparency of service for our customers, here enabling them to enjoy the biggest showpiece in the football calendar.”

Etisalat’s eLife customers in the UAE will also have access to all FIFA World Cup matches across four dedicated channels, following a two-year extension to its existing contract with beIN Media.

With Etisalat, the standalone World Cup package costs AED555 and UHD is offered for an additional AED38.

The world’s greatest football tournament, being hosted by Russia, kicks off on 14 June.