Saudi Arabia, in partnership with Egypt, is set to launch, on June 21, 2017, the bouquet will be called Pbs Sports, a program devoted entirely to sport to compete with the Qatari bouquet “BEIN Sports”, said the Saudi Arabian television channel Al Arabiya.
Pbs Sports will be available on Nilesat and will be free. A press conference will be held to specify the details of this dissemination.
“A first channel will initially be launched as a promotional platform for the network. With the start of the new sports season, there will be five channels that will gradually grow to become eleven channels, “said Muflih al-Haftaa, president of Saudi Media City.
In addition, the official said that Pbs Sports was created to end the monopoly of the Qatari group “beIN Sports”. He boasted, announcing that the group will broadcast the 2018 and 2022 World Cup matches, as well as the European, Asian and African Cups, in addition to the Champions League Europe.
Negotiations have begun with international sports bodies for the free distribution of programs. “In any case, if it is necessary to encrypt certain programs, it will not be difficult to find solutions,’’ declared Muflih al-Haftaa.
The capital of the chain amounts to not less than 7 billion dollars.