03 Jun 2018 – 18:20
The Peninsula / Agencies
Doha: Qatar’s beIN Media said Sunday that “lengthy” talks with Emirates telecom company Du had broken down.
“After lengthy negotiations it has not been able to reach to this day an agreement to continue its services over DU’s Network. In light of this, the service has ceased on the Network on June 2nd, 2018 as the contract between the parties had expired on May 31st, 2018. The GROUP has further acted in good faith by granting the Network an extension of 24 hours to conclude the renewal process and sustain the service to no avail,” the Doha-based broadcaster said in a statement.
Du and Etisalat are the only two telecom companies in the United Arab Emirates showing channels from beIN, which has exclusive rights to show all 64 World Cup matches lives across the Gulf.
An agreement with Etisalat has been reached so that it can continue to broadcast beIN channels to its customers.
“While beIN MEDIA GROUP denounces the wrongful facts contained in DU’s statement, our viewers can continue to enjoy our services over satellite, and live streaming (beIN CONNECT),” beIN statement added.