beIN SPORT Begins Asian Expansion


JAKARTA: Marking its expansion into Asia, beIN SPORT is partnering with MP & Silva to roll out three new HD sports channels in Indonesia delivering Barclays Premier League coverage as well as other events.

As of July 1, beIN SPORT 1 HD, beIN SPORT 2 HD and beIN SPORT 3 Premier League HD will be carried on Orange TV and NexMedia, and two of the three will be on First Media. In addition to BPL, the portfolio is promising Indonesians coverage from Italian Serie A, French Ligue 1, Major League Soccer, the Brazilian national league (Paulistao & Brasileirão), nPower Football League Championship, FA Cup, FIFA World Cup Qualifiers featuring top South American and European teams, and more. It also has the rights to the 17th Asian Games INCHEON 2014

"Expansion into the Asia market has been a priority objective for beIN SPORT and in particular we have been keen to be involved in the growth potential of pay TV in Indonesia,” said Nasser Al Khelaifi, the chairman of beIN SPORT. “We are delighted to be partnering with MP & Silva, who bring to our joint venture exceptional expertise in the Asia market.”

Andrea Radrizzani, MP & Silva Group CEO, added, “We are delighted to partner with beIN SPORT to launch three television sports channels featuring the best football in Indonesia as it is the market where we foresee will have the highest pay-TV growth in terms of subscription in the next five years. beIN SPORT is a consolidated and successful international broadcaster with an excellent track record of delivering high quality sports programs. Most importantly, we believe that sports fans across Indonesia will appreciate and welcome the introduction of the fastest growing sports channel brand today, with their expertise in sports television production."

The sports broadcaster, an affiliate of Al Jazeera Media Network, is currently available in France and the U.S.