beIN Sport 1 is a global network of sports channels owned and operated by Qatari Sports Investments. It currently operates in France, in the United States (English and Spanish) since August 2012 and in Canada since October 2013.
beIN SPORTS holds the rights to broadcast major association football tournaments including Ligue 1, Serie A, Bundesliga, Premier League, the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League, and the European Football Championship, La Liga, Serie A, Copa del Rey, South American World Cup Qualifier and Football League Championship matches, in addition to Barca TV, Liverpool TV, Spurs TV, Milan TV.
beIN Sports 1 is a pan-Arabic TV sports channel. It is part of the Al Jazeera network. Like its sister channels beIN Sports and beIN Sports 2 (as well as the Al Jazeera Children's Channel), beIN Sports 1 is headquartered in Doha's Education City (separate from Doha's Al Jazeera/Al Jazeera English studios).
Al Jazeera Sports +1 started broadcasting in 2004 and gathered a sizable audience because of its coverage of the Spanish football league. It went on to win the rights to the Italian football league the following year. beIN Sports 1, then known as Al Jazeera Sports +1, initially was a free-to-air satellite channel, but after commercial pressures, the channel was scrambled, making it pay TV, though in comparison to similar channels, the fee, as of 2007, remains extremely low.