The increasingly bitter dispute between sports rights broadcaster beIN and the pirate organisation beoutQ has seen the Wall Street Journal report that payments in Saudi Arabia for access to the pirated services from beoutQ allegedly go to a business controlled by Raed Khusheim. Khusheim is CEO at Selevision.
Selevision is a UAE-based DTH and VoD IPTV service (SeeVii) and which also provides TV channels into Saudi Arabia, as well as most other MENA countries. The DTH services beam from Arabsat’s BADR satellites. SeeVii says its services are available via most cable/IP distribution services in the region.
Selevision is protected by Verimatrix conditional access.
Khusheim, in an email to the WSJ, reportedly said he has “no direct or indirect link” to beoutQ. He told the newspaper that he was a victim of a “smear campaign” launched by beIN and linked to a business dispute with beIN, of which Selevision used to be the primary distributor in Saudi Arabia. beIN dismissed the accusation as baseless.
Arabsat says through its New York law firm Squire Patton Boggs that it “vehemently denies that beoutQ is using Arabsat frequencies.”