Orange is confirming it is to close down its Orange Sport channels and will offer Al Jazeera’s Be In Sport 1 and 2 channels to its subscribers from the end of June.
Orange will also distribute a news sports channel from Media365 and is in talks with Canal Plus to license it some of the sports rights held by Orange. Some staff will also switch to Media365 or Canal Plus.
“By focusing its strategy on its core business, Orange intends to draw on the power of its networks to distribute rich and diversified content and thus to propose the best content on all Orange TV platforms, whether PC, mobile or tablet, in response to new digital uses,” the company said.
Orange Sport has about 400,000 subscribers, who will be offered the option to sign up to Be In Sport 1 and 2 from May 24.