TV: beIN Sports USA networks dropped from second major provider

After Comcast, Verizon Fios has dropped beIN Sports USA networks -- the networks that have the rights to La Liga and Ligue 1  -- from its platforms.

Viewers of beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol lost access to the networks on Comcast/Xfinity as of midnight Tuesday night. The same thing happened to Verizon subscribers as of midnight Wednesday night.

In a statement, beIN Sports' Antonio Briceno said Verizon chose to abruptly cease negotiations and drop beIN Sports networks after falsely claiming that beIN sought “significant” rate increases. Verizon's position is that it offered beIN Sports a "reasonable" deal.

beIN Sports USA filed a carriage complaint four months ago against Comcast, claiming it was violating FCC’s non-discrimination requirements 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.”
1 comment about "TV: beIN Sports USA networks dropped from second major provider".
  1. Brian Meyers, August 2, 2018 at 10:45 p.m.

    I want Ray and Phil back.

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