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In the latest twist of the legal battle between the content provider and the cableco, beIN Sports has confirmed that it is moving forward with additional legal action against Comcast through the media bureau of US regulator the FCC.
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beIN SPORTS is the exclusive broadcast partner in the US and Canada for the global football leagues LaLiga, Ligue 1 and Süper Lig, as well as premium competitions such as Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Copa del Rey and CAF Africa Cup of Nations. It alleges that through what it calls ‘discriminatory’ practices Comcast is denying sports fans this content.

In March 2018, beIN SPORTS filed a carriage complaint against the US cable behemoth, alleging that the pay-TV distributor has offered the sports network a “discriminatory and patently unfair renewal”, and that it is prioritising its own content – a prohibited action under the US regulatory framework. At the time Comcast said that beIN SPORTS was not negotiating its carriage renewal in good faith.

beIN SPORTS was removed from Comcast/Xfinity platforms on 31 July 2018, denying subscribers access to premium soccer, tennis and motorsports content. The FCC dismissed the complaint in August 2018, but for the reason that it was requesting more information.

The new FCC filing is in addition to the ongoing FCC Complaint filed by beIN SPORTS against Comcast on 13 December 2018.

“We are extremely disappointed that after over a year spent attempting good-faith negotiations with Comcast, they have ignored customer demand, refused to negotiate and continued their practice of discriminating against beIN and other independent networks in favour of their own affiliated networks,” said Antonio Briceño, beIN SPORTS’ deputy managing director for the US and Canada, commenting on the latest action. “We are steadfast in our desire to reinstate beIN SPORTS at the same levels of distribution as Comcast’s own sports networks with which beIN SPORTS simply seeks to compete on a fair basis.”