Close on the heels of reports that piracy is costing Premier League $1.24 million in sponsorship for each game and UK Government’s request to Saudi Arabia for action against illegal broadcast of sports content; pirate network in the country beoutQ is running promos to telecast next season of the league.
The minute-long video features London buses, English fans, shots of marching guards, Jurgen Klopp and the Premier League trophy.
Saudi Arabian State has time and again been accused of promoting piracy by helping beoutQ, which reportedly gets broadcast signals illegally from Arabsat. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia owns a major stake in Arabsat.
The promotional video is released shortly after a report by digital piracy authority MUSO. The report had claimed that the Premier League is missing out $1.24 million per game due to piracy of its content.
UK’s chancellor of exchequer Philip Hammond had during a visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this week urged the state to stop beoutQ’s piracy of sports rights.
The matter has also been raised three times in the British Parliament with MPs worried about how piracy on an industrial scale will affect funding and support for UK sport.