Jul 2, Says it did not make its case for discrimination based on affiliation The FCC has denied part and dismissed part of beIN Sports's program carriage complaint against Comcast. It was the third complaint filed by the programmer. It also concluded that while beIN Sports did establish a prima facie on its face case for discrimination against beIN, which was similarly situated to NBC Sports Networks and was treated differently, that was not done on the basis of affiliation or non-affiliation, so there was no violation of the Comcast-NBCU deal conditions.
As a result, that complaint was dismissed. The FCC prohibited the combined Comcast NBCU from discriminating against competitors in favor of its own, affiliated and similarly situated, programming.
The beIN-E complaint was dismissed with prejudice, which means it can't be refiled. BeIN was looking at the bright side and mulling its options following the Media Bureau decision.
In our continuing effort to place fans first, beIN Sports USA will review options concerning this Order and take appropriate steps to deliver our programming to the widest possible audience.