ArabSat could face legal action over beoutQ
September 17, 2019
Saudi Arabia-based ArabSat is no longer carrying beouitQ’s pirate satellite transmissions. The satellite signals were removed almost a month ago but may not protect ArabSat for potentially punitive legal actions seeking significant compensation.
The news follows a joint investigation by FIFA, the AFC, UEFA, the Bundesliga, La Liga, Lega Serie A, LFP and the Premier League which detailed a thorough investigative report into the operations of beoutQ.
beoutQ is blatantly pirating exclusive content from beIN Sport. beIN Sport is based in Qatar and diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Qatar are at an all-time low.
MarkMonitor was briefed to conduct research and produce a detailed and independent technical analysis of beoutQ’s operations, and its report says that the costs of piracy top $1 billion.
The report’s joint statement said: “As rights holders of globally followed sports events, whose intellectual property rights have been breached on a systematic and widespread basis by the pirate broadcaster known as beoutQ, we have commissioned a leading industry body, MarkMonitor, to conduct research and produce a detailed and independent technical analysis of beoutQ’s operations.
“The report confirms without question that beoutQ’s pirate broadcasts have been transmitted using satellite infrastructure owned and operated by Arabsat.”
beoutQ’s set-top boxes continue to function and now receive their signals via the Internet.