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Three new Foxtel channels from beIN

The Sports division of Qatar’s beIN Media is rolling out three HD sports nets on Australian pay TV platform Foxtel. The beIN SPORTS 1, 2 and 3 nets will launch on Foxtel in mid-May.

Richard FreudensteinThe new services will replace the SD beIn Sports channel, which was a premium option. The new trio of channels will be in the operator’s Sports pack for no extra charge.

The channels have key sports rights and will cover the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final and all of the games from the UEFA EURO 2016 tournament.

Other football on the channels will include every game from the top Spanish and German leagues.

Richard Freudenstein, the outgoing Foxtel chief executive (pictured), said: “The addition of these new dedicated sports channels from our partners at beIN SPORTS is a huge win for sports fans who subscribe to Foxtel, greatly increasing the value of a subscription.”

Yousef Al-Obaidly, deputy CEO of beIN Media, added: “The new Australian beIN SPORTS channels are a key component of our Asia Pacific presence and we are pleased to extend our relationship with Foxtel.”

In North America, beIN has snagged US rights to the North American Soccer League (NASL) for the 2016/17 seasons. The NASL is the league below the MLS in the US system.

Games will be on the beIN Sports channel and its beIN Sports Connect streaming service.