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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 […]

BeIn lays off 300 staff, blames beoutQ

Qatari BeIn Media has announced the layoff of 300 members of staff, specifically blaming the piracy of alleged Saudi-backed BeoutQ. The figure represents 18% of its total staff in the country. The layoffs were confirmed to Bloomberg from an unnamed source, who said that the company had made “difficult decisions to right-size our business”. It […]

FIFA denounces beoutQ

Football’s international governing body, FIFA, has publicly denounced alleged Saudi-backed pirate broadcaster beoutQ. The news comes shortly after a French court ruled that Arabsat had been distributing the channel. In a statement, FIFA said: “FIFA is aware that unauthorised transmissions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019™️ are being made available across the MENA region, […]

Arabsat is distributing beoutQ, French court rules

A French court has ruled that Saudi Arabia satellite provider Arabsat has been distributing alleged Saudi Arabia-backed pirate operation beoutQ. The case was brought forward by Qatari beIN Media Group, which was the original target of beoutQ’s piracy operation as a part of an ongoing trade dispute between the two nations. Arabsat has denied any […]

UK MPs raise piracy concerns against beoutQ

BeoutQ, the allegedly Saudia Arabia-backed pirate TV network, has been slammed by members of the UK’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee. In a parliamentary session on May 10, Jeremy Wright QC, DCMS secretary of state, responded to a question from Giles Watling MP, confirming that a number of UK government departments are […]

Digital TV Research: MENA pay TV impacted by BeIN dispute

Pay TV revenues have declined in the Middle East and North Africa over the past two years thanks in to piracy, competition from OTT providers, falling revenue per user, and the Saudi-led ban on BeIN Media. This according to Digital TV Research’s latest ‘Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts’ report, which said that […]

BBC Earth launches across MENA, CBeebies debuts in Turkey

Factual channel BBC Earth is due to launch across the Middle East and North Africa region through the beIN direct-to-home satellite service on April 5. The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, announced the deal and said that BBC Earth will extend its distribution in Turkey by launching via operator Digiturk on the same day. At […]

Digital TV Research: MENA pay TV ARPU in decline

Pay TV revenues are set to grow in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) between 2017 and 2023 but at a lower rate than subscription numbers, according to Digital TV Research. The Middle East and North Africa Pay TV Forecasts report said the figures indicate that average revenues per user (ARPU) must be falling […]