beIN Sports keeps faith in Telefónica Champions League deal


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 11 September 2015

BeIN Sports, which owns the Champions League rights in Spain, is confident that it will be able to ink a deal with Telefónica to air the competition before it kicks off.

After taking the network to Vodafone TV, Orange TV and Telecable, and then to the over-the-top (OTT) Mediapro-owned platform Totalchannel, Al Jazeera's beIN Media Group has been looking to launch on Movistar+, Telefónica's pay-TV service - the largest in the country.

"I believe there will be an agreement, but it's difficult to understand why they won't accept our offer," said Taxo Benet, founder of Mediapro, which distributes the Qatar-based network. "The conditions are the same for every operator, they are the conditions demanded by the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC)," added Jaume Roures, founder and president, Mediapro, during beIN Sports' official presentation.

Currently, beIN Sports is subscribed to by 1.2 million, and the company intends to close a deal with local cable operators Euskaltel either this or next week. Adding Movistar+ would mean adding a potential subscriber base of over three million.