Saudi Arabia


BeIN Media looks to lifting of ban as Saudi Arabia ends Qatar blockade

Qatar-based BeIN Media has tentatively welcomed Saudi Arabia’s decision to end its blockade of Qatar but noted that the Saudi government has not yet addressed the ongoing permanent ban on BeIN Sports in Saudi Arabia. The ban on the sports service has meant that the English Premier League, among other high-profile sports, has not been […]

Premier League stays with BeIN Sports for entire MENA region

The English Premier League and beIN Media Group have struck a new rights deal that will see beIN Sports be the Premier League’s official broadcast partner in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) until 2025.   The deal for the 2022-25 rights cycle means beIN Sports can broadcast all 380 matches live in each season across […]

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 permanently bans beIN Sports

The sparring between Qatar and Saudi Arabia has taken a new turn, with the latter permanently banning broadcaster beIN Sports from the Kingdom. The move comes as the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia – chaired by crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman – looks to acquire Premier League club Newcastle United. The Qatar-based beIN […]

Saudi Arabia reportedly looking to snatch Bundesliga rights from beIN Sports

The Saudi government has reportedly entered into talks with Germany’s Bundesliga in an attempt to beat Qatar’s beIN Sports to the league’s broadcast rights across the Middle East. According to the Financial Times, beIN Sports has been in exclusive talks with the Bundesliga to renew its US$250 million five-year deal which ends this summer, but […]

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 […]

E-Vision taps Synamedia for multi-country, multi-tenant OTT service

UAE service provider Etisalat’s E-Vision subsidiary has chosen Synamedia’s Infinite platform to underpin a new multi-country, multi-tenant OTT service for the Middle East. The E-Vision service is already live in Egypt and is set for a launch in Saudi Arabia soon, with other markets to follow. The multi-tenant, cloud-based service is designed to give operators […]

Movistar+ steps in to air Saudi Supercopa

Telefónica’s pay TV service Movistar+ is to broadcast the next three editions of the Supercopa de España football competition, which is controversially being hosted by Saudi Arabia in January. Movistar+ will transmit all of the matches from the competition, which will feature top Spanish clubs Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Atlético de Madrid and Valencia battling […]

Mediapro latest to reject bid for Saudi-hosted Supercopa

No Spanish broadcaster has bid for rights to the Supercopa club football competition following the decision of the  the Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF), the governing body of Spanish football, to relocate the competition to Saudi Arabia.  The RFEF has struck a lucrative three year deal to have the tournament hosted in Saudi Arabia, with the […]

RTVE confirms it won’t bid for Saudi-hosted Spanish Super Cup

Spain’s public broadcaster RTVE will not bid for the rights to the Spanish Super Cup to be held in Saudi Arabia.  The Spanish football federation (RFEF) last week announced a three-year deal to host a refreshed version of the tournament in Saudi Arabia, with the first iteration to be held in Jeddah in January 2020. […]

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