WTO rules beoutQ is run by Saudi Arabia putting Newcastle takeover in doubt

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has said that pirate outfit beoutQ is run by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia following a years-long campaign from broadcasters and sports leagues across the world. According to The Guardian, the WTO is scheduled to publish a final 130-page report on its investigation in mid-June which rules that the Saudi […]

Free, Virgin Media and BeIN Sports unveil new coronavirus offers

French service provider Free, the UK’s Virgin Media and MENA pay TV operator BeIN Sports are among the latest pay TV operators to make free and added-value offerings available as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. Free has extended an offering of free-to-view kids channels until the end of April and has extended and has […]

Sports bodies call on US to keep Saudi Arabia on piracy priority list

FIFA, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), UEFA and a range of US sports bodies have called on the US government to keep Saudi Arabia on its priority watchlist on the eve of a review into the Kingdom’s piracy activities.  The United States Trade Representative (USTR) office is currently holding public hearings in its annual review […]

BeIN Sports Xtra joins Xumo TV lineup

BeIN Sports has continued the expansion of its free-to-air channel, beIN Sports Xtra, with the announcement of availability on Xumo TV. The channel will initially launch on Xumo TV in the US before being made available in Canada. Joining a growing list of over 190 channels, beIN Sports Xtra will be available in 45 million […]

BeIN hires Sky Sports’s Verow as chief sports officer

BeIN Media has announced Richard Verow as its chief sports officer. Verow joins from Sky Sports where he spent more than seven years as its commercial director. He also held roles at the International Cricket Council and UEFA. In his new role, Verow will oversee beIN Media Group’s global sports acquisitions and distribution portfolio. He […]

ViacomCBS picks up 49% of Miramax

ViacomCBS has reached a deal with beIN Media to acquire 49% of Miramax. Under the terms of the deal, beIN will retain a 51% stake in Miramax and the studio’s leadership team will remain the same. ViacomCBS will acquire the stake for a total investment of US$375 million, with an initial upfront cash payment of […]

BeIN announces launch of free channel beIN Sports Xtra

Qatar’s beIN Sports has announced the US launch of beIN Sports Xtra. The free English-language channel will offer live sports, news, analysis and highlights that promises to “bring viewers closer to the game”. Launching initially on the Roku Channel, the company said that of beIN Sports Xtra will utilise its existing English and Spanish feed […]

beoutQ HQ identified in news programme

The location of pirate outfit beoutQ’s headquarters has been located. As a part of its news show What Lies Beneath, journalists at Al Jazeera detailed how Slevision and Shammas – two Saudi service providers – are involved in operations carried out by beoutQ.  The pirate broadcaster has been widely condemned by governments and sports bodies […]

WTO meets with Qatari delegation over beoutQ piracy

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has met with the piracy victims of alleged-Saudi affiliated beoutQ. The WTO dispute settlement panel had two days of meetings with a Qatari delegation, with the latter arguing that the Saudi government has failed to protect intellectual property rights consistent with the WTO’s Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property […]

Africa’s football body condemns beoutQ

Africa’s equivalent to UEFA, the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF), has come out strongly against beoutQ. The alleged Saudi-backed pirate network has recently been denounced by FIFA and Arabsat was found to be distributing the channel by a French court.  Now, with the African Cup of Nations reaching its final stages, CAF has issued a […]

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