beIN Sports resumes full Premier League coverage in MENA
| 12 November 2014
Saturday afternoon Premier League football will once again be broadcast across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by beIN Sports, after restrictions to combat content piracy were lifted by the UK football organisation.
The Qatar-owned sports network said that all matches played at 6pm Saudi Arabia time will now be broadcast live to subscribers, following a 12-month dispute over alleged encryption failures which allowed UK viewers to illegally access beIN Sports' MENA feed.
"We are delighted to resume live broadcast of all Saturday 6pm Mecca time games on beIN SPORTS channels. The English Premier League is a primary property and we are very happy to bring back this weekend excitement to our millions of subscribers in the region," said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, chairman and CEO, beIN Sports.
English Premier League CEO, Richard Scudamore, added: "beIN Sports' strong anti-piracy measures have proved to be successful and we are very happy to work hand in hand with broadcasters to address the issue on a more global scale."
Formerly known as Al Jazeera Sport, beIN Sports acquired the Premier League rights until 2016 for 23 MENA countries from MP & Silva, who bought the broadcast rights from the Premier League for a reported US$300 million for three years.