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Saudi Arabia reportedly ends beIN blackout

Qatar’s beIN Sports was broadcast in Saudi Arabia on Monday for the first time in more than three years. The broadcaster had been the target of a Saudi state-sponsored piracy campaign dubbed beoutQ amid tensions between the nations and a trade blockade on Qatar. The Kingdom’s General Authority for Competition (GAC) also permanently cancelled beIN’s […]

BeIN Media looks to lifting of ban as Saudi Arabia ends Qatar blockade

Qatar-based BeIN Media has tentatively welcomed Saudi Arabia’s decision to end its blockade of Qatar but noted that the Saudi government has not yet addressed the ongoing permanent ban on BeIN Sports in Saudi Arabia. The ban on the sports service has meant that the English Premier League, among other high-profile sports, has not been […]

Premier League stays with BeIN Sports for entire MENA region

The English Premier League and beIN Media Group have struck a new rights deal that will see beIN Sports be the Premier League’s official broadcast partner in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) until 2025.   The deal for the 2022-25 rights cycle means beIN Sports can broadcast all 380 matches live in each season across […]

Omdia: MENA pay TV faces shift to OTT and break up of sports rights

The TV business in the Middle East and North Africa region faces big changes over the course of next year as satellite pay TV operators switch to offering OTT services to take on cord cutting, sports rights holders move to selling rights on a country-by-country basis and OTT providers start to invest significant amounts in […]

Saudi Arabia launches appeal into WTO beoutQ ruling and pulls out of Newcastle takeover

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has appealed against the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling which directly tied it with pirate broadcast operation beoutQ. The 130 page ruling stated that representatives of the state had facilitated the operation of beoutQ, which has pirated content from sports broadcasters around the world – chiefly that of Qatar-based beIN Media. […]

Saudi Arabia permanently bans beIN Sports

The sparring between Qatar and Saudi Arabia has taken a new turn, with the latter permanently banning broadcaster beIN Sports from the Kingdom. The move comes as the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia – chaired by crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman – looks to acquire Premier League club Newcastle United. The Qatar-based beIN […]

Saudi takeover of Newcastle slammed by beIN Media CEO over history of piracy

Qatari broadcaster beIN Media has publicly come out against the takeover of Newcastle United by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia. PIF, which has Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman as its chairman, emerged as a surprise buyer of the English football club earlier this month and has agreed to buy an 80% […]

BeIN Media launches ‘cinema replacement’ TVOD service

Middle East and North Africa region pay TV operator BeIN Media has launched a ‘cinema replacement’ video-on-demand offering in partnership with distributors to bring new movies to subscribers ahead of their theatrical release. The pay TV service provider said that with cinemas closed across the MENA region due to the coronavirus pandemic, the initiative would […]

Pay TV providers respond to Coronavirus with new offers

Pay TV providers are continuing to respond to the Coronavirus crisis and the confinement at home of large swathes of the world’s population by launching a range of free windows and other initiatives. In Russia, pay TV operator NTV+ has de-encrypted its TV channels, movies and shows on satellite and OTT platforms throughout the country […]

European Commission adds Saudi Arabia to piracy “priority list” 

The European Commission has said that Saudi Arabia is “causing considerable harm to EU businesses” through the Saudi-based pirate broadcast operation beoutQ.  The report’s publication follows widespread condemnation of the beoutQ by governments and sports bodies globally, with Qatari BeIN Media being the biggest victim as exclusive MENA rights holder to many significant sports events. […]

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