To keep patrons happy, Henry tunes Fado's 10 televisions to soccer, and closely tracks the networks' offerings. Comcast limits customers to one beIN game at a time, and doesn't include access to the channel's app, which would open up beIN's games across Spain, Italy, and France.
I get it.
The six-year-old network says that Comcast Corp. BeIN also owns the U. The beIN complaint against Comcast recalls those filed over the last decade by the NFL Network and Tennis Channel, which both claimed that Comcast denied them bigger audiences and richer revenue streams.
The beIN complaint could have global ramifications. So if Comcast can close on the Sky deal — a big if — the U.
Comcast instead downgrades beIN's signal to standard definition, beIN says. And Xfinity subscribers can't authenticate themselves for the beIN app, which offers nine additional channels of live soccer game from La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1.
I don't know if they have an agenda of their rights versus our rights but at the end of the day, we are not serving our customers. The company dismisses beIN's complaint as a negotiating tactic over a new TV distribution agreement.
Preliminary viewership analyses showed that "Comcast is likely already losing money from its beIN carriage relative to the cost of not carrying them," Comcast said in its page response to beIN.
Comcast is not allowed to treat its own channels better than those it does not own, according to federal law.
Comcast says they're not, calling beIN a niche soccer-focused channel. In , beIN televised about one-third of the live soccer games in the U. Soccer accounted for 55 percent of the content on the English-language beIN and 72 percent of the programming on the Spanish-language version.
Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice said in a statement that its treatment of beIN "is consistent with how it is carried by most other cable and satellite providers.
Unfortunately, beIN Sports has demanded substantial increases in fees and carriage that make no business sense for our company and our customers.
Rather than continue to engage in reasonable commercial negotiations for a renewal of its current agreement, beIN Sports chose to file this complaint, which is completely without merit. She also said that beIN has made its games available on other platforms so that fans can find the games there.
As for whether the Qatari-owned sports network would have the stamina to take on Comcast, with its cadre of Washington lawyers and lobbyists, Conn said that beIN would not be intimidated.
Comcast also has taken off the gloves. Comcast said "this created even more uncertainty regarding beIN's business plans, especially given Comcast's past experience with beIN's affiliate, Al Jazeera America, which abruptly shut down in Sitting at a table in Fado's, all this wrangling does not surprise Henry.
She hadn't heard about the regulatory and legal dispute between Comcast and beIN but she has had her customers complain mightily over the years. And she would like both sides to make nice and offer more games.