The Bein Media Group has protested against the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), which will live-stream matches featuring Saudi Arabian clubs in the AFC Asian Champions League for free into Saudi Arabia.
BeIn Media Group is leading a group of major US sports leagues, studios and international broadcasters mading detailed public submissions to US Trade Representative as theft of world sport and entertainment spreads.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has said it would investigate Qatar’s allegations of intellectual property breaches against Saudi Arabia. It concerns piracy of the BeIN Sports channels.
The beIN Corporation has launched an international investment arbitration against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for damages totalling more than $1 billion, having been unlawfully driven out of the Saudi market and subjected to widespread piracy of sports broadcasting.
beIN Sport claims the decision of the Saudi Arabian competition authority to remove it from the country’s TV screens is “manifestly politically motivated”.
Saudi pirate broadcaster beoutQ has ‘stolen’ the opening games of Premier League and Ligue 1 from the official licence holder BeIn Sports.
The Saudi Ministry of Media has rejected “baseless Wimbledon claims”, according to local Arab media, sparking a war of words.
NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and Eleven Sports Networks have now also complained about piracy of their live exclusive sports rights by Saudi based BeoutQ TV platform.
Doha-based Qatar’s beIN Media Group Monday urged football’s governing body FIFA to take legal action against what it called pirate broadcasters in Saudi Arabia ahead of the World Cup.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE have banned the sale of Bein Sports receivers, smart cards and subscriptions in their markets.