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beIN Sports Xtra Brings Live Sports Free OTA in Deal With HC2 Broadcasting

Stephanie Sengwe

BeIN Sports and HC2 Broadcasting signed a new deal to bring beIN Sports Xtra to the network, making it the first 24/7 live sports channel available free, over-the-air on broadcast television.

BeIN Sports Xtra is now available in 15 major markets across the U.S. on HC2’s stations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, Atlanta, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Hartford, Columbus, Las Vegas and Austin.

“Today marks a significant day as beIN Sports is now able to deliver the best in world-class sports to a new segment of fans on over-the-air television, where all that is required for access is an antenna to start watching live events for free,” said Antonio Briceño, beIN sports deputy managing director for North America.

“We are extremely excited to build upon our current partnership with beIN Sports in delivering the very first 24/7 premium sports channel OTA-focused on the general market sports fan,” added Craig A. Geller, the executive vice president of HC2 Network.

BeIN Sports Xtra launched last month in the U.S., offering live sports, highlights and analysis for viewers. Programming includes matches from soccer leagues, including LaLiga, Ligue 1 and Süper Lig.

In addition to HC2’s stations, beIN Sports Xtra can also be viewed on The Roku Channel.