Soccer Fans Rejoice as Optimum TV Adds International Sports Network beIN SPORTS on March 20

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Both English and Spanish Channels Will Launch with Preview for All Cablevision Optimum TV Customers March 20 – 23; Preview Will Include Live Broadcast of El Clásico – Real Madrid vs. Barcelona

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Now, Optimum TV soccer fans can catch even more of the world’s most exciting matches as the action happens.

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced the addition of beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español to the Optimum TV line-up, beginning with a preview of both channels to all customers from March 20-23. The preview will give all Optimum TV customers access to one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, soccer tournament El Clásico on March 23, featuring Spanish club rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona. Both teams' rosters are filled with soccer mega-stars such as Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

beIN SPORTS brings fans live games, sports news, live score feeds and analysis of the top international soccer leagues. Featuring top talent and sports stars, the global networks provide original sports news, entertainment programs and in-depth analysis of the world’s top matches. Fans get unrivaled coverage of the top leagues, including La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Copa del Rey, the South American World Cup Qualifier, the English Championship and many more exclusive matches and premier soccer tournaments from around the world. The English and Spanish-language networks also feature exciting coverage of the World Cup Qualifiers leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. beIN SPORTS also provides other unique sports content like motorsports, tennis, rugby, volleyball and golf, among others.

Upcoming Matches on beIN SPORTS include:

  • March 23: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona – La Liga
  • March 30: Napoli vs. Juventus – Serie A
  • April 19: PSG vs. Lyon – Coupe de la Ligue Final
  • April 27: AS Roma vs. AC Milan – Serie A
  • May 3: Fiorentina vs. Napoli – Coppa Italia Final
  • May 11: AS Roma vs. Juventus – Serie A
  • May 18: Barcelona vs. Atletico de Madrid – La Liga

“beIN SPORTS delivers unique and exciting programming that Optimum TV customers are passionate about. This addition further enhances our rich selection of live sports programming,” said Bradley Feldman, Cablevision’s senior vice president of product management. “Now, Optimum TV soccer fans can catch even more of the world’s most exciting matches as the action happens.”

“As part of our commitment to deliver premium international sports content to the U.S., we are proud to bring beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español to Optimum TV customers,” said Yousef Al-Obaidly, managing director of beIN SPORTS USA. “In addition to now having access to the leagues, races and tournaments they ardently follow, sports fans can now count on beIN SPORTS as a sanctuary where they can indulge in all the exciting action and live sports coverage they crave.”

beIN SPORTS en Español and English-language beIN SPORTS will be available on channels 154 and 155 respectively in SD and HD. After the preview ends on March 23, beIN SPORTS will be available to Optimum TV residential customers with either Optimum Gold or the Optimum Sports and Entertainment package. Further, beIN SPORTS en Español will be available to customers who subscribe to the Optimum en Español Spanish-language programming package. All customers must have a digital set-top box or CableCARD to receive beIN SPORTS.

Optimum TV residential customers who receive a beIN SPORTS network as part of their package can also watch the programming outside the home with TV to GO online. Customers simply sign in to with their Optimum ID and password, go to TV to GO, select beIN SPORTS and begin watching online. Additionally, customers will be able to stream beIN SPORTS networks inside and outside the home with the Optimum App, which is available from the App Store for their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, Google Play for Android phones and tablets or Amazon Marketplace for Kindle devices.

Optimum TV customers who also subscribe to Optimum Online high-speed Internet service have the extra convenience and flexibility of being able to access Optimum TV to GO services when away from home by using Optimum WiFi’s more than 100,000 hotspots, which are available across Cablevision’s Tri-State service area.

Cablevision’s award-winning digital cable service, Optimum TV, offers customers access to hundreds of channels, including more than 80 premium movie channels, 50 channels of commercial-free digital music, tens of thousands of titles available on demand at all times, an interactive programming guide, more than 150 high-definition channels and uniquely valuable and relevant local content through News 12, MSG Varsity and their companion interactive television applications.

beIN SPORTS USA is America’s international sports network. Launched in 2012, beIN SPORTS is the fastest growing sports network in the U.S., offering viewers premium sports content and entertainment across multiple platforms including TV channels beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español. A cornerstone of beIN SPORTS USA is its unrivaled live soccer coverage, news and in-depth analysis of the top leagues from around the world, including exclusive matches from La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Russian Premier League, Football Premiership, Primeira Liga and CONMEBOL/CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers. With beIN SPORTS PLAY, authenticated subscribers can also enjoy all the exciting action and even stream live overflow matches offered in HD on your computer, tablet or smartphone. In addition to soccer, beIN SPORTS serves as a haven to fans of motorsports, tennis, rugby, volleyball and golf, among others.

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About Cablevision
Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is a leading media and telecommunications company, serving millions of households and businesses throughout the greater New York area. Providing quality products that keep customers connected, Cablevision offers Optimum-branded digital cable television, high-speed Internet and phone services as well as Optimum WiFi, the nation's most robust wireless Internet network. Cablevision’s Lightpath subsidiary is a premier provider of integrated business communications solutions for larger companies. Through its local media and programming properties – News 12 Networks, Newsday Media Group and MSG Varsity – Cablevision also delivers news and information created specifically for the communities it serves. Additional information about Cablevision is available at

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