Viewers of beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol -- the networks that carry La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 -- won't be able to get the network on Comcast/Xfinity platforms.
They have lost
access to the network, which was dropped by Comcast when the current contract expired on July 31. BeIN Sports filed a carriage complaint four months ago against Comcast, claiming it was violating
program carriage rules as well as the FCC’s non-discrimination condition following its purchase of NBCUniversal, which owns NBCSN (which carries the EPL) and Telemundo and Universo (with a heavy
dose of international soccer in Spanish).
Comcast's position to its subscribers: beIN Sports is asking for “a major increase in fees for the channel you already have, which could
have a big impact on your bill.” Antonio Briceno
, beIN’s deputy managing director for the U.S. and Canada: “We remain hopeful that Comcast will listen to its
customers and reach an agreement to reinstate beIN Sports at the same level of distribution as its own sports networks.”