You’ve got to love products that do what they say on the tin. beIN Sports is exactly as advertised: a streaming network that beams out non-stop action to armchair fans like us. Since its 2011 inception, the beIN network has been in a constant state of expansion, adding more and more exclusive sporting events and leagues to its ranks. That said, it has its fair share of rivals in this global market of ours and as such doesn’t offer the end user everything. So let’s take stock right now and see if you really ought to be in beIN.
How much does beIN cost?
You’ve got a binary decision to make here, sports fans. You can sign up for a monthly pass for a modest outlay of $19.95, or there’s a yearly commitment for a considerable $209.95 per annum. You should also know that beIN doesn’t deal in hidden additional pay-per-view costs, which is nice. beIN is also accessible via fubo TV.
What content does beIN offer?
In addition to providing on-demand catch-up of events (called “Xtra Live” by the marketing team) beIN divides itself into eight separate live channels of prescheduled content. It’s worth noting that when the world is short on sport, at least one of these channels will air consumer content and house renovation shows. That or it’ll simply list “no event scheduled”.
However, when sport is on you can tune into beIN to get the latest action. From the EU you can watch Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue, Trophée des Champions, the Copa del Rey, the Spanish Segunda División and Turkey’s Süper Lig. Out of Africa you can watch the CAF World Cup Qualifiers, Africa Cup of Nations and Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
From the Americas you can watch Brazil’s Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Copa do Brasil, Campeonato Paulista, the 2019 Copa América and CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers. Last but not least we have yet more soccer in the North American Soccer League and CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers.
Looking beyond the beautiful game, beIN offers a bit of motor sport with the FIA European Rallycross Championship and some two-wheeled action that spans the Superbike World Championship, Motocross World Championship, MotoGP and MotoAmerica. Rounding out the service is a dash of some completely unscripted professional wrestling with MLW Fusion.
beIN does indeed want to give you a taste in the hopes of getting you hooked. If you surrender some personal details and a payment method you can sample two weeks for free. There’s no-lock-in contract and you can cancel anytime. A word of warning, after the trial period finishes you’ll automatically be rolled into the recurring monthly plan.
Which devices are compatible with beIN?
First of all (and most easily) you can simply stream beIN Sports through your favourite web browser using the Adobe Flash Player plug-in. Alternatively, you can download the official beIN Sports Connect app for your Android or iOS phone/tablet.
How much data does beIN use?
All content on beIN automatically adjusts itself to your available Internet speed (and for a smooth experience you ought to have an Internet speed of no slower than 2 Mbps). As for how much data it’ll eat up, here are some rough estimates.
Viewing your content at 480p (720×480) will consume 800 MB per hour.
This outputs at 720p (1280×720) at 1.3 GB per hour.
Adam Mathew is a writer for Finder, specialising in video games and TV. He's been the editor of magazines such as Ultimate Nintendo and Official PlayStation AU. His words may also be found in IGN, Gamespot, Kotaku, Red Bull, Game Informer and AusGamers.
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