BeIN Sports has resumed broadcast of its linear TV channels in Egypt just one day after the network went off air following a dispute with cable operator Cable Network Egypt (CNE). The beIN Media Group announced the news in a statement saying it has now reached an agreement following the lengthy negotiations, allowing football fans in Egypt to enjoy sporting events for which the broadcaster holds exclusive MENA rights.
The statement from beIN said: “beIN SPORTS is pleased to announce that Cable Network Egypt (CNE) has now signed an agreement for the carriage of beIN on its network. As such, beIN’s services have resumed on CNE as of January 9th, 2019. We are delighted that fans across Egypt can now, once again, have access to the best and most exciting sports and entertainment in the world, including all top global football leagues and competitions.”
The news is a welcome relief for Egyptian football fans who can continue to be able to watch top flight football leagues including the English Premier League, LaLiga, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A, as well as major international club and country competitions.
The service cut came after lengthy negotiations to agree on "commercial terms" for a new contract with CNE broke down, although details of the disputed terms were not disclosed.