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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. […]

Pay TV in MENA continues to suffer

Pay TV revenues in the MENA region are not expected to grow in the immediate future, and actually saw a significant decline to 2019. According to figures from Digital TV Research, revenues in the 20 MENA countries fell by 12% between 2016-19. This left revenues at just under US$3 billion. For the 13 Arabic-speaking countries, […]

BeIN picks up Euro 2020 in France

BeIN Media has acquired the rights to Uefa Euro 2020 in France.  Under the terms of the deal, BeIN will broadcast all 51 of the month-long tournament’s matches with 28 matches being fully exclusive. The deal will cover linear and digital output, and includes highlights near-live and on-demand clips. The deal is believed to be […]

Canal+ and BeIN Sport secures Champions League, leaving Mediapro out in cold

French pay TV operator Canal+ and rival BeIN Sports have between them secured the rights to UEFA Champions League football in France for the 2021-24 seasons, leaving existing rights holder Altice France and Spanish disruptor Mediapro out in the cold. Free-to-air broadcaster TF1 has meanwhile secured the rights to air the final of the competition.  […]

BeIN Media to air Club World Cup

Qatar-based pay TV broadcaster BeIN Media has secured a two-year agreement to air the FIFA Club World Cup in 24 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. The 2019 edition of the annual event, which features champion clubs from each continent, will take place in Qatar this month in what is seen as a […]

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