beIN call on Saudi to shut 'Beout Q'

Published September 2nd, 2017 - 12:18 GMT
Beout Q receiver (Photo: Twitter)
Beout Q receiver (Photo: Twitter)

beIN Media Group, a Qatari-owned sports and entertainment broadcaster, has called on authorities in Saudi Arabia to close a pirate channel that is airing its content illegally.

beIN Media Group said in a statement on Thursday that Saudi's "Beout Q" uses its platforms to broadcast beIN Sports' propriety content in the kingdom.

The group said it had notified authorities of what it terms unlawful action and demanded an immediate investigation.

"We hope that the Saudi authorities will honour Saudi domestic laws, and Saudi Arabia's international legal obligations," said Yousef al Obaidly, Deputy Chief Executive Officer at beIN Media Group.

"We are pursuing all available legal options to ensure our and our rights holders' intellectual property rights are respected," he added.

"We are committed to providing all of our customers with the highest quality access to the latest and greatest global sporting events."

A beIN official in Qatar's capital, Doha, told Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity, that efforts are under way to identify and hold those responsible accountable.

beIN Media Group holds the exclusive rights to broadcast European and international championship tournaments to the Middle and North Africa region.

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