beIN SPORTS Review & Guide
Previously squirreled away within a number of Foxtel bundles, sports channel and streaming services, beIN SPORTS is also available as its own service, allowing you to catch all the highlights (and lowlights) of your favourite leagues, competitions and teams. But how does it stack up in a crowded streaming market, and how much will it cost you? Find out all you need to know about beIN SPORTS with this Canstar Blue guide.
What is beIN SPORTS?
Founded back in 2012, beIN SPORTS is a sports channel that is used predominantly for European sports, with coverage broadcasted to overseas markets, including Australia. Locally, beIN SPORTS acquired the Setanta Sports Australia network, rebranding in 2014 and expanding the number of channels available in 2016. BeIN SPORTS has since evolved into more than just a sports channel, and now offers its own subscription-based streaming platform called beIN SPORTS CONNECT.
What sports are on beIN SPORTS CONNECT?
If you’re a soccer (football) nut, beIN SPORTS CONNECT is the streaming service for you, providing coverage of a number of major and minor leagues from around the world, as well as international competitions. There’s also coverage for international rugby, and even table tennis, with sport documentaries also on the schedule.
Here are the sporting leagues and competitions available on beIN SPORTS CONNECT in Australia:
- Serie A
- Ligue 1
- Scottish Premier Football League
- EFL Championship
- Carabao Cup
- Turkish Super Lig
- Copa Libertadores
- Major League Soccer
- Copa America
- Confederations Cup
- Africa Cup of Nations
- ATP Tour
- ATP 250
- ATP 500
- ATP Masters 1000
- Women’s Tennis Association (WTA)
- Davis Cup
- Asian Le Mans Series
- Ferrari Challenge
- European Rugby Challenge Cup
- Heineken Champions Cup
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How much does beIN SPORTS cost?
beIN SPORTS is available as a $14.99 monthly subscription, or annual subscription for $129.99. Sign up is available via the beIN SPORTS website or app, with a one-week free trial also available.
Does beIN SPORTS have a free trial?
A 7-day free trial is available to eligible new customers who are looking to sign-up to beIN SPORTS directly.
How does beIN SPORTS CONNECT work in Australia?
beIN SPORTS CONNECT offers live matches for the majority of competitions, leagues and games, with highlights, replays and results also available on both the website and app. beIN SPORTS CONNECT also offers a TV Guide for its channels and competitions, meaning you can book your schedule out in advance to ensure that you don’t miss your team play. If you do miss your team though, beIN SPORTS CONNECT also has ‘Catch Up’, allowing you to watch matches in your own time.
How to stream on beIN SPORTS
To catch the game, you can either stream via the beIN SPORTS app, or via the beIN SPORTS website. Simply sign into your account, search for your sport of choice, and you’re set for kick off.
How to sign up to beIN SPORTS CONNECT
Signing up to beIN SPORTS CONNECT can be done via the beIN SPORTS website, with a ‘Subscribe’ button in the top right-hand corner. Simply click it and you’ll be asked to choose what type of subscription you’d like. From here, you can choose between a monthly or yearly subscription plan.
Once you’ve chosen which subscription you’d like, you’ll be taken to the sign-up screen, where you’ll be asked to create an account. From there, you’ll need to enter your payment details, and then you’ll be all set for the big game.
- If you’re on a monthly subscription and decide to miss a month, your login details will still be the same, so you’ll still have an account when you decide to come back for another season.
How do I unsubscribe to beIN SPORTS?
You can cancel your subscription by hitting ‘Cancel Subscription’ in the ‘Subscription’ section, where you’ll then be asked to confirm your request. If you’ve accidentally cancelled your subscription, or you’ve cancelled it before realising your team is hitting the field tonight, simply go into the ‘Subscription’ tab and click on the ‘Revoke Cancellation Request’. You will be asked to confirm your request, where your account will no longer be cancelled, and you can go back to watching sports.
beIN SPORTS CONNECT app
Available through Google Play and the App Store, the beIN SPORTS app allows you to watch games live or on-demand, with the app also easily compatible with Chromecast and Apple TV if you want to put the game up on the big screen. The app is free to download, although you’ll need a beIN SPORTS subscription to properly use it.
Is beIN SPORTS worth it?
It can be a tough life for the Aussie sporting fan, especially if you’re trying to keep up with overseas results and fixtures, as time zones, broadcasting rights and all manner of other roadblocks regularly stand in the way of catching the game. Thankfully, there’s light at the end of the tunnel, with plenty of streaming services specialising in sports popping up, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice your sleeping schedule for your favourite team.
beIN SPORTS is one of the cheaper options available on the market, with the yearly plan also saving you more, so long as you don’t mind being locked in for that long. Where beIN SPORTS CONNECT may fall short is the coverage it offers, with other streaming services such as Kayo offering more sports for you to follow, but if you’re only after soccer (aka football), beIN SPORTS CONNECT may be the best fit for you.
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About the author of this page
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Site Editor, Dean Heckscher. He’s our resident expert on all things automotive, health & fitness, streaming and more. Dean is also one of Canstar Blue’s customer research report producers, helping to turn complicated subjects into easily-digestible information for our readers. He’s passionate about helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services.