Saudi Arabia


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. […]

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 […]

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