Abu Dhabi could be without World Cup TV channels

Broadcaster beIN withdraws service from the UAE

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Football fans in Abu Dhabi could miss out on seeing the World Cup at home after broadcaster beIN withdrew its services.

As reported in Arabian Business here beIN Sports, which holds the exclusive rights to broadcast the FIFA World Cup in the Gulf region, has pulled its channels and packages from du customers in the UAE.

Viewers noticed the beIN Sports channels were missing and contacted the telecoms provider to ask what was going on.

In a tweet, the Dubai-based telecoms operator said it was "temporarily unable to show beIN sport channels & packages.” And were “working with our partner to restore broadcasting beIN Sports channels.”

Customers were told they would not be charged for the period the cannels were unavailable and it regretted the inconvenience.

“We understand the inconvenience caused by the sudden and unexpected loss of the service. There will be no charges for the period during which the channels are not available. We are currently assessing the situation and any decision on the matter of compensation will be communicated to our customers," du added.

With the 2018 World Cup kicking off in less than two weeks, viewers will be eager to see the situation resolved, though its understood public venues that are due to show the World Cup shouldn’t be affected, as many deal with beIN directly.

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