In Brief: Be in Sport, UPC, Astra
April 13, 2012 09.00 Europe/London By Robert Briel

Free is the first platform in France to sign a distribution agreement to carry the new Al Jazeera sports channels in France, Be In Sport 1 and 2. The new broadcaster will start its pprogramming on June 1.

UPC Nederland is experiencing difficulties with handling the pay-per-view requests of the Eredivisie live football games. Due to the high demand the fulfillment system was not able to process all orders. Viewers are now offered a temporary one-month subscription to the channel.

Yet more channels on Astra at 19.2 degrees East. Soon to launch is Diät TV, a channel aimed at people who want to slim down. Launching in September is Ägypten TV (Egyptian TV), a German language channel promoting the country as a tourist attraction.