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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 […]

Star India outbids Facebook for Indian cricket rights

21st Century Fox-owned Star India has successfully bid €2.15 billion for global Indian cricket rights, fending off competition from 14 other bidders including Facebook and Disney’s BAMTech. Star India has secured global media and digital broadcast rights for Indian Premier League cricket for the five-year period from 2018 to 2022, after submitting a winning bid […]

SFR teams up with BeIN Sports as battle with Canal+ gets underway

Altice-owned French service provider SFR has teamed up with BeIN Sports to unveil bundled offerings that include its own sports channels and BeIN Sports’ services as part of its Box Power offering for €29.99 a month for the first 12 months. SFR Sport will be available on its own in the Box Starter pack from […]

DreamWorks channel launches in MENA via beIN

The DreamWorks channel is due to launch in Arabic on the beIN platform in the Middle East and North Africa next week. The 24-hour DreamWorks channel will broadcast DreamWorks Animation content and will help expand DreamWorks outside the Asia Pacific region – where it launched for the first time in July 2015. “We are glad […]

BeIN to launch 4K Ultra HD satellite receiver in MENA

Pay TV operator BeIN has launched an Ultra-High Definition (UHD) 4K satellite TV receiver in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The new box offers DVR functionality and BeIN claims it is the first 4K receiver to launch in the MENA region. The device launches ahead of this year’s Euro Championship football tournament, where […]