beIN Sport coming to Canalsat

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly ©RapidTVNews | 19-06-2012

Al Jazeera’s sport channel beIN Sport is to launch on the Canalsat satellite and ADSL platforms.

In what has been a huge dilemma for the respective players, the Canal+ Group couldn’t resign to see subscribers fly away to receive the new sport channel and it sister channel which will launch in July 2012 and the Qatar operator could not turn its back on five million potential homes.

beIN Sport 1 & 2’s launch in France is technically supported by GlobeCast which has built a comprehensive solution for the channels. This includes coordinating the various satellite capacities, providing fibre contribution links, and running an IPTV head end for the channels' distribution. BeIN Sport channels will be delivered by GlobeCast in SD and HD to reach satellite, cable and IPTV homes throughout France.

“GlobeCast also provides satellite distribution, handling the uplink of the channels and offering a simulcrypt encryption solution, which allows the client to directly monitor the quality of its feeds”, France Télécom commented.

BeIN Sport 1 and beIN Sport 2 are being distributed through GlobeCast on the Astra satellite operated by SES at 19.2ºE and through Eutelsat on Eutelsat Hotbird 13 and Eutelsat 5 West A. The new channels will be carried by the main pay TV operators in France.