beIN cuts linear service in Egypt after dispute with cable provider

beIN cuts linear service in Egypt after dispute with cable provider
Published: 9 January 2019 - 8:22 a.m.
By: Pranav Vadehra

BeIN Sports, the broadcaster holding exclusive MENA television rights to top sporting events said it had cut its service to Egypt amid a contract dispute with its service provider, Cable Network Egypt (CNE).

“beIN Sports Group regrets that it is unable to provide its services on CNE as of 8 January 2019,” the group said on Twitter. “Our viewers in Egypt can continue to enjoy beIN services on smartphones and other devices through the channel’s website.”

The news is likely to have a huge effect on football lovers in Egypt, who stands to lose access to a large pool of live sports content rights held by beIN that includes the English Premier League, LaLiga, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, as well as major international club and country competitions.

The service cut came after lengthy negotiations to agree on "commercial terms" for a new contract with CNE broke down, beIN said in a statement, without providing further details of the disputed terms.

"As such we are unable to provide our services on CNE as of January 8th, 2019 until such time that CNE agrees reasonable terms," added the statement from beIN Media Group.

CNE said that the beIN signal has been stopped from the source and added: "We are working to find a solution to the problem. However, the subscribers will get the remaining of their fees if we failed to reach an agreement."

It also means Egyptians may not be able to cheer on Egyptian Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who in 2018 emerged as one of the world's biggest football stars. Salah won the 2018 African Player of the Year in a ceremony broadcast on beIN, which viewers in Egypt were able to watch.

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