Broadcast Rights

Piracy Casts A Dark Shadow Over AFCON Games In North Africa

The Confederation of African Football has seen a new major hacking incident committed by the pirate television platform called ‘beoutQ’, involving the final match of the Total Africa Cup of Nations taking place from 21 June up until 19 July 2019 in Egypt.

Television broadcasts of all 36 games in the group phase were illegally diverted and made available on beoutQ, through the satellite provider Arabsat. Arabsat refused to obey orders to take down the illegal transmissions.

Only beIN Sports had secured a contract from CAF to broadcast the AFCON games in North Africa and the Middle East, while the Egyptian Time Sport Channel is authorized by CAF to broadcast the tournament on free terrestrial television throughout Egypt.

BeoutQ broadcasts throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and can also be viewed across the world, which is causing damage to the rights of CAF and also intends to join the steps taken by the primary AFCON rights holders harmed (including Uefa, Fifa, Premier League and Bundesliga) and take all necessary measures against entities that commit, these piracy acts.

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