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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. […]

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 […]

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 offering more FTA World Cup as piracy dispute rolls on

BeIN Media is broadcasting 22 matches from the FIFA World Cup in Russia free-to-air as the Qatar-based pay TV broadcaster continues to be plagued by pirate service BeoutQ, broadcasting from neighbouring Saudi Arabia. BeIN announced the extension of its free-to-air plans at the start of the competition, with 22 matches made available unencrypted on its […]

MBC to up its focus on Saudi Arabia and neighbouring markets

Dubai-headquartered MBC Group has announced plans to shift more focus towards Saudi Arabia and neighbouring markets. The Middle East and North Africa-focused media company said the move is in line with “current transformational positive changes” in Saudi Arabia – including premium content production. Other positive factors cited by MBC included media, entertainment and information and […]

BeIN Media slams Arabsat over BeoutQ pirate service

Qatar-based pay TV operator BeIN Media has slammed Arabsat’s sponsorship of today’s MENA Anti-Piracy Conference in Dubai because it claims the Saudi Arabia-based satellite operator is facilitating the transmission of a service that deliberately pirates premium sports transmissions to which it holds the exclusive rights. The service, known as BeoutQ – a clear reference to […]

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