In other words, in order to watch the US World Cup road qualifier games you’ll have to do it on Jihad TV. via Comcast agrees to carry new beIN Sport network | Fox News.
NEW YORK – The new beIN Sport network has reached an agreement with Comcast Corp. to be carried on its Xfinity TV.
Owned by the Al-Jazeera Sport Media Network, beIN Sport will be carried in English on the Xfinity TV Sports Entertainment Package and in Spanish on the Xfinity TV MultiLatino Package. It also will be available to Comcast customers online and some content will be shown on Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand.
Launched last week, beIN Sport initially was carried only by DirecTV and the DISH Network, which combine with Comcast to create a total potential universe of 54 million homes. However, the number of households receiving the tier beIN is on is only a fraction of that.
Of the 34 million homes that receive DirecTV and DISH, about 8 million get the tier showing beIN. Network spokesman Mike Kilroy said the figure for Comcast was not available.
The new network has rights to Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1 and England’s second-tier League Championship. It also has rights to U.S. road qualifiers in World Cup qualifying, except for the potential game at Mexico in next year’s regional finals.
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Qatar own and funds Al-Jazeera. There is no freedom of the press in Qatar and WikiLeaks cables note that “U.S. officials consider the channel to be a foreign policy instrument of Qatar.” The Qatarai emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani uses the network as “an integral tool of the emirate’s foreign policy.”
In fact, at a conference in June 2011 at the National Press Club, the panel of experts concluded that “the network [Al Jazeera] is often used by terrorists to deliver their messages to the world” and has “actually helped radical [groups] such as al-Qaida, Hezb’allah and Hamas in their efforts to radicalize Muslims.”
The Al-Jazeera Arabic language network has “frequently served as a mouthpiece for Muslim Brotherhood figures” according to conference members. Furthermore, independent TV producer Jerry Kenney alleges that “[i]n effect, foreign propagandists have hijacked public television stations made possible by the American taxpayers.”
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