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BeIN Media goes to war with Asian Football Confederation over Saudi move

Middle East pay TV provider BeIN Media is to take legal action against its erstwhile content partner the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after the latter agreed to air content already contracted to BeIN free-to-air in Saudi Arabia. The AFC said that it would stream matches featuring Saudi Arabian clubs in the AFC Asian Champions League […]

Es’hail-2 enters commercial service

Qatar satellite operator Es’hailSat’s recently launched satellite, Es’hail-2, has entered commercial service to target the government, broadcast and telecommunications sectors in Middle East and North Africa. Es’hail-2, designed with Ka-band spot beams and Ku-band wide beams, joins Es’hail-1 at the 25.5⁰ East/26.0° East MENA broadcast hotspot and will augment the capacity already available there to […]

Media groups move to persuade US trade rep on Saudi malfeasance

A group of media companies and sports rightsholders including BeIN Media have made submissions to the Office of the United States Trade Representative  (USTR) calling for Saudi Arabia to be identified as a Priority Foreign Country or for it to be placed on the US Priority Watch List as a result of its alleged continued […]

Mediapro secures Qatar World Cup rights

Spanish broadcaster and producer Mediapro has secured the Spanish rights to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, boosting its flagging roster of domestic and international football rights in the country. Mediapro said it would create a dedicated channel providing 24/7 coverage of the competition. In addition to live broadcasts of matches, the channel will provide […]

BeIN ups campaign against BeoutQ’s ‘Saudi-supported plague of piracy’

Qatar-based pay TV operator BeIN Media Group has set up a ‘reveal all’ website to expose what it describes as “the industrial scale theft” of sports and entertainment content by Saudi Arabia-based pirate outfit BeoutQ, which BeIN alleges is supported by the Saudi government. The website, https://beoutq.tv, sets out what BeIN says is a “mountain […]

WTO panel to probe Saudi Arabia’s role in BeIN Media dispute

The World Trade Organisation has agreed to set up a panel to investigate Saudi Arabia’s alleged failure to provide protection of Qatar pay TV operator BeIN Media’s intellectual property rights amid disagreement over whether the WTO could launch a probe in a case that the Saudi government claims to be a matter of national security. […]

BeIN Media names new head of sports content

Qatar-based pay TV operator BeIN Media has appointed Martin Aurenche as vice-president of sports content, responsible for media rights acquisitions and distribution globally. Aurenche has played a key role in BeIN Media Grou’s expansion over the last six years, having been with the company since the launch of its service in France in 2012, and […]

Es’hail-2 gets ready for launch

Qatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat’s new satellite, Es’hail-2, has arrived atht eSpaceX launch facility in Florida in prepration for launch on November 15. The satellite is now undergoing final preparation at the SpaceX launch facility for launch on board a Falcon 9 rocket. The Mitsubishi Electric Company-build craft offers Ku-band capacity for the 25.5° East/26° East […]

BeIN Media ups Yousef Al-Obaidly to CEO

BeIN Media Group chairman Nasser al Khelaïfi has appointed Yousef Al-Obaidly as CEO of the sports and entertainment broadcaster, a role previously held by al Khelaïfi himself. Al-Obaidly was previously deputy CEO of the group, where played a role in establishing it as the leading pay TV sports provider in the MENA region and led […]

BBC and Sky add to pressure on Saudi Arabia over BeoutQ

The BBC and Sky have called on the European Commission to take formal action against Saudi Arabia over pirate broadcaster BeoutQ providing illegal access to content including the English Premier League. Both broadcasters have sent letters to Anna Malmström, the EC’s commissioner for trade, adding their voices to calls for a formal EU protest to […]

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