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Football bodies identify Arabsat as source of BeoutQ broadcasts

Football bodies FIFA, the AFC, UEFA, Germany’s Bundesliga, Spain’s La Liga, Italy’s Serie A, France’s LFP and England’s Premier League have explicitly accused Arabsat of transmitting pirate operation BeoutQ’s services. Following a report commissioned by the sporting groups from MarkMonitor, they said that beoutQ’s pirate broadcasts have been transmitted using satellite infrastructure owned and operated […]

FIFA eWorld Cup attracts almost 50 million

The FIFA eWorld Cup 2019 esports tournament achieved new record figures, claims the organisation. The event, which was broadcast from London’s O2 Arena on August 2-4, saw more than 47 million viewers across online platforms.  Representing the boom period for esports, FIFA said that this was a 60% increase over the previous year’s event. In […]

Top football bodies express frustration on BeoutQ inaction

A group of top-tier international football organisations have collectively issued a condemnation of Saudi pirate organisation BeoutQ and have called on the country’s government to take action. FIFA, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Germany’s Bundesliga, Spain’s La Liga, The English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A have issued a statement condemning BeoutQ. In a carefully […]

FIFA: Women’s World Cup to reach 1 billion viewers

The upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 from France will reach “up to 1 billion viewers worldwide”, claims the organiser. The tournament is to be broadcast worldwide across a range of operators, including DAZN, BBC and beIN Sports. In a statement, FIFA said that FIFA TV will “provide broadcasters with around 1,700 hours of non-live […]

Volia enters premium sports business with Champions League deal

Ukrainian cable operator Volia and Media Group Ukraine have jointly secured rights to Champions League and Europa League football in the country for the next three seasons. The deal is a first for Volia in the premium sports rights market. The company described it as a milestone in the market for premium content in Ukraine. […]

MTS enters eSports world with Gambit acquisition

Russian service provider MTS has entered the rapidly growing eSports market by acquiring leading eSports team group Gambit Esports. MTS has acquired Praliss Enterprises, which manages Gambit Esports. The latter unites four teams of eSports players – with 16 players in total – that compete in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends, Dota 2 and […]

FIFA to use HDR and VR for World Cup 2018

FIFA has announced plans to produce all 64 matches of the 2018 Russian World Cup in Ultra High Definition (UHD) with High Dynamic Range (HDR) for the first time. FIFA said that another new feature for 2018 will allow fans to also follow the matches in virtual reality – both as a live experience and […]

TF1 secures World Cup rights

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has secured the rights to broadcast the 28 top matches from the 2018 and 2022 FIFA football World Cups, as well as coverage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup and the 2017 Confederations Cup. TF1 said the deal meant it had secured broadcast and digital rights to the top four international […]

NHK and FIFA team up for 8K World Cup

Japanese public broadcaster NHK and football’s world governing body FIFA are joining forces to cover the Women’s World Cup in 8K. NHK, which took an early lead with high definition and subsequently 4K, is also at the forefront of trialling the new 8K standard. For the World Cup it will have public 8K screenings of […]

Sony and FIFA announce 4K World Cup plans

Sony and FIFA have announced plans to produce three full matches from this summer’s football World Cup in Ultra HD, or 4K, in a move they said will help to accelerate the expansion of this technology.  The international football federation said that it will use Sony’s 4K equipment and production processes to film one game […]