Saudi Arabia


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 […]

Al Waleed arrested in Saudi corruption crackdown

21st Century Fox shareholder and Rotana Media owner Prince Al Waleed bin Talal was among senior Saudi Arabian figures arrested in Riyadh at the weekend as part of an apparent corruption crackdown ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Al Waleed was the most high-profile of the 30-odd individuals detained in the luxurious Riyadh Ritz-Carlton […]

Ampere: Saudi web users consume the most TV and video

Saudi Arabian internet users watched more TV and video online than people in any other country, according to a new global study by Ampere Analysis. The research firm found that 87% of viewers in Saudi Arabia watch online video content on their smartphones, versus a survey average of 58% across 13 countries. The number of […]

Iflix expands into MENA

South-East Asian SVOD provider Iflix has expanded into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with launches in eight territories. The service is now available in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt and Sudan, broadening Iflix’s footprint to a total of 18 countries. The firm has also established a new regional headquarters for […]

MENA pay TV revenue estimates downgraded

Digital TV Research has downgraded its pay TV revenue forecast for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by US$1 billion. The research firm now predicts that MENA pay TV revenues will reach US$4 billion in 2021, down from an earlier forecast of US$5 billion. “Along with long-running conflicts and slower economic growth, several […]

Selevision taps Voddler for peer-assisted streaming

Saudi Arabia-based service provider Selevision has chosen Voddler Group to provide technology for its streaming service. Selevision provides broadcast and online channels direct to consumers under several brands from its bases in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The company will use Voddler’s hybrid peer-assisted technology to deliver content with the aim of bringing Selevision content […]