Saudi Arabia


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. […]

beIN slams persistent piracy menace

Middle East pay TV operator beIN Media has warned that pirate broadcast operation beoutQ is still distributing premium channels illegally via the IPTV function of its boxes, despite ceasing satellite transmissions in mid-August. beIN Media, which holds the regional rights for UEFA Champions League, English Premier League and NBA among other assets, claims beoutQ boxes […]

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 […]

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 […]

BeIN Media hails US government reports slamming BeoutQ

Middle East pay TV operator BeIN Media has hailed the US government’s publication of two reports condemning pirate broadcaster BeoutQ. Last week the he Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published  the 2019 Special 301 Report, which identifies governments that fail to protect and enforce intellectual property around the world and  the 2018 […]

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 […]

OSN officially launches low-cost Saudi Arabian offering El Farq

Middle East pay TV operator OSN is officially launching its new low-cost, no contract offering aimed at Saudi Arabia. The commercial launch of El Farq debut follows a research period and three-month testing phase carried out in the Kingdom, which OSN said that seen a positive response from customers and impressive sales growth. Saudi Arabian […]

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 […]

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