The Premier League has joined calls for Saudi state satellite operator Arabsat to stop providing a platform for a pirate network that is”abusing” sport.
The network, known as beoutQ started streaming sporting events and despite attempts by sports governing bodies and rights holders to prevent it, that the piracy has lasted.
Now, a report by manufacturer protection company MarkMonitor commissioned by a number of all both leagues and confederations states that a definitive connection was established between Arabsat and the network.
Arabsat has been headquartered in Saudi Arabia and has been set up in 1976 from the 21 members of the Arab League.
“The report affirms without doubt that beoutQ’s pirate broadcasts are transmitted using satellite infrastructure owned and run by Arabsat,” read a statement released jointly by FIFA, UEFA, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the Premier League, the Bundesliga, LaLiga, Serie A and Ligue 1.
“We’ve been frustrated in our attempts to go for a formal copyright claim against beoutQ from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as well as while we have received reports that beoutQ transmissions are disrupted, we still call on Arabsat and all other satellite providers to prevent (and going forward consent to refrain ) providing a platform for piracy, which harms not just legitimate licensees, enthusiasts and gamers but also the sport that it abuses.
“Cutting off its access to transmission providers would be a significant step in the struggle to prevent beoutQ. We all, individually and together, remain committed to bringing an end to international sport piracy.”
Arabsat and the Saudi state are approached to get a reply from the Press Association news agency.
The UK and US governments have previously spoken out from the surgeries of beoutQ, with the chairman of their Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) pick committee Damian Collins formerly describing the system’s actions as”simple piracy” in May of this year.
Qatar-based beIn SPORTS is your broadcaster targeted by beoutQ. Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been engaged with a political conflict because 2017.