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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. […]

UEFA seeks new anti-piracy service provider

Europe’s football governing body UEFA has issued a tender for a new anti-piracy service provider. The move comes in the wake of an investigation into Saudi-operated pirate operation BeoutQ from the World Trade Organisation and at a time when illegal piracy of sports events is rife. In light of this, UEFA is looking to improve […]

Saudi Arabia vows to clean up piracy involvement as Newcastle takeover hangs in balance

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has admitted it has a “responsibility” to help tackle piracy following the World Trade Organisation’s declaration that illegal sports broadcaster beoutQ was run by the Kingdom. According to the BBC, SAFF president Yasser Hassan Almisehal sent a letter to UEFA saying that it aims to be “a true partner […]

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 […]

UK government: Premier League must be FTA on return

The English Premier League has been given the go ahead to resume – on the condition that it makes a number of the remaining matches available to audiences for free. Culture secretary Oliver Dowden met with the league on Thursday and laid out a number of demands that must be met in order for the […]

Saudi Arabia is a ‘centre of piracy’, says Premier League

Saudi Arabia remains “a centre of piracy”, according to a submission by the English Premier League for the US Trade Representative’s Annual Report, and the Premier league faces the “insurmountable” obstacle of an obstructive legal system in pursuing civil action. The Premier League’s submission to the 202 Special 301 Report, which placed Saudi Arabia on […]

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% […]

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 […]

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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