Want to watch the World Cup at home? Telcoms company Etislat has just announced its packages for the 2018 tournament.
If you’re willing to spend AED 555 (plus VAT), all 64 games in Russia will be yours to enjoy when the World Cup starts on 14th June.
du, the UAE’s other telecoms provider, had offered its own packages through beIN Sports. Qatar-based broadcaster beIN has exclusive rights in the region to screen the World Cup 2018. However, for du customers, subscriptions were halted as sports channels went off-air over the weekend.
du tweeted that it was “temporarily unable to show beIN sports channels and packages due to a decision by the broadcaster beIN Sports.” Instead an error message on a blue screen is shown to viewers. du added it had “temporarily stopped new subscriptions of beIN packages” and current customers would receive “no charges for the period beIN Sports channels are not available.”
beIN Sports later released a statement to say its contract with du expired on 31st May and would not be renewed.
Etisalat says all its beIN services are working as normal.