The French court ruled that Arabsat, a satellite operator from Saudi Arabia, was broadcasting beoutQ – a pirate platform supported by Saudi Arabia.

The matter was brought before the court by the Qatari beIN Media Group, which was the original target of the pirated beoutQ platform as part of an ongoing trade dispute between the two nations. Arabsat has denied any connection to beoutQ since launch of the channel offer in 2017. Moreover, the operator has rejected requests for legal notices of pirate emissions from international broadcasters.

BeIN Media Group claims that beoutQ “falsely claims” that it was a pirate pay-tv offer from Cuba and Colombia. Both governments have denied this claim.
The verdict of the French court was issued on the same day as it was revealed that all 17 FIFA World Cup women’s 2019 matches in France have so far been illegally shown on the beoutQ channels. It should be noted that nothing has changed in relation to last year’s football World Cup in Russia, when all 64 matches of the tournament were illegally broadcast.(ns)


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