Euros TV deal brings big Foxtel change

beIN SPORTS and Fox Sports have revealed a massive new deal in a bid to keep Foxtel subscribers after Fox Sports lost the EPL rights to Optus.

As widely expected, beIN SPORTS today confirmed they will be broadcasting all 51 Euro 2016 games live in full, with some select games also shown on SBS.

But the biggest shake up is that beIN SPORTS and three new HD channels will be available free for current Fox Sports subscribers as part of the Foxtel Sports HD package (with SD versions for those without the HD option).

Existing beIN SPORTS subscribers will be given a refund on any outstanding subscription deals.

The three HD beIN SPORTS channels (beIN SPORTS 1, 2 and 3) will launch on Sunday May 15 ahead of the 2016 UEFA Europa League Final on Thursday May 19 and the 2016 UEFA Champions League Final on Sunday May 29, which will both screen live.

Additionally, Foxtel subscribers will receive unprecedented coverage on beIN SPORTS of the best European Football including the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga.

South American football including the South American FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Brazilian Serie A and Sao Paulo Championship are also featured.  

The new sports channels will also be available to stream via Foxtel Go and Foxtel Play.

“The addition of these new dedicated sports channels from our partners at beIN SPORTS is a huge win for sports fans who subscribe to Foxtel, greatly increasing the value of a subscription," said Richard Freudenstein, outgoing Foxtel Chief Executive.

"The channels will be compulsory viewing for fans of international football and rugby and complement the already great line-up of sports channels on Foxtel.”

Yousef Al-Obaidly, Deputy CEO of beIN Media Group, added: “We are pleased to extend our relationship with Foxtel to bring these high quality channels in HD to the market leading Foxtel platform.”