beIN Sports secures Formula One TV rights for MENA

Rebecca Hawkes | 05-03-2014

Qatar's beIN Sports is the new exclusive FIA Formula One (F1) broadcaster in the Middle East and North Africa, after striking a rights deal with MP & Silva which runs until 2019.

beIN Sports will show every race live in both Arabic and English, beginning with this month's Australian Grand Prix. In addition, the network formerly known as Al Jazeera Sport will show all of F1's support races, including GP2 and Porsche Supercup.

For the past years Abu Dhabi Media (ADM) has broadcast F1 in a region that has seen the sport attract a growing following, thanks in part to the F1 Grand Prix hosted in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

Meanwhile, in a bid to combat content security issues, the premium beIN Sports satellite channels delivered by Nilesat 7 and Badr / Es'hail 1 at 25.5 degrees East can now only be viewed with viewing cards registered to an official beIN Sport receiver. Viewers now require a registered Humax IR3000 or Humax Free HD set-top box to receive beIN HD channels 6 -15.