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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 […]

English Premier League adds weight to BeoutQ piracy battle

The English Premier League has joined the chorus of sports rights-holding bodies and other organisations to condemn Saudi-based BeoutQ’s pirate broadcasts in the Middle East. All 20 Premier League matches played during the first two weeks of the season were transmitted illegally by BeoutQ, which is alleged to have stolen the content from several Premier League […]

French football league takes aim at BeoutQ

France’s Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has become the latest sporting body to line-up behind Qatar-based pay TV outfit BeIN Media’s campaign to combat what it sees as a deliberately targeted attack on it by a Saudi Arabia-based pirate broadcaster and streamer. Following the Ligue 1 Conforama season kick off, the LfP confirmed that its […]

BeIN Media enlists tech companies’ support in piracy battle with BeoutQ

BeIN Media has intensified its campaign against Saudi Arabia-based pirate service BeoutQ, which has targeted BeIN Media’s base by offering illicit transmissions of premium sports content. Following BeoutQ’s transmission of the first English Premier League and Ligue 1 football matches of the new season, BeIN Media has enlisted the support of content security providers Cisco […]

BeIN Media secures English Premier League for another three years

Middle East pay TV provider BeIN Sports has secured rights to English Premier League football in the region for the three seasons from 2019-22. The deal extends BeIN Sports’ grip on the Premier League and makes the pay TV platform the home Premier League football in MENA for at least the next four years. The […]

BBC Studios aims for Middle East expansion with BeIN Media deal

BBC Studios is set to develop its partnership with Doha-based beIN Media Group by signing a memo of understanding that establishes a strategic partnership between the two companies, “to explore opportunities for the co-development, co-production and distribution of content in Qatar, the Middle East and Turkey.” The partnership will run for three years from this […]

Formula 1 enters BeoutQ piracy battle

Formula 1 governing body the F1A has entered the dispute between BeIN Media and Saudi Arabia-based pirate streamer BeoutQ, which has targeted its exclusive sports rights by illegally broadcasting content including the World Cup and Champions League football. BeoutQ has been illicitly streaming coverage of Formula 1 motorsports. “It has come to our attention that […]

BeIN Media hails anti-piracy victory in Sweden

Qatar-based pay TV operator BeIN Media has secured a victory in its battle with piracy following a Swedish court handing prison sentences and fines to three individuals behind Arabic-region pirate outfit Advanced TV Network (ATN). The conviction follows a complaint filed by Nordic antipiracy group Nordic Content Protection in 2016. The trio behind ATN have […]

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