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Volume 10 No. 25


Qatar-based broadcaster beIN Sports joined 10 of its rights holders "to protest against Saudi Arabian focused web channel beoutQ," which it says is broadcasting beIN's content in Saudi Arabia without permission, according to Paul Nicholson of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The website, which provides a series of links to live streaming of matches that are being broadcast by beIN, is a "thinly veiled direct assault on the Qatari group in what is becoming the softer business and political battleground of the stand-off between Qatar and Saudi Arabia." BeIN is "demanding that action is taken against beoutQ" and that piracy of its rights is stopped. The broadcaster has written twice to the Saudi Arabian government but has "not received a reply." To enforce its point and "in a bid to shut beoutQ down," beIN teamed up with FIFA, the Premier League, UEFA, La Liga, the French Professional Football League (LFP), the IOC, the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the U.S. Tennis Association, Tennis Australia, the NBA and anti-piracy body the Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance to form a lobby group (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 9/18).

Cricket Australia announced Ashes Cricket, a video game from Australian developer Big Ant Studios, will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC starting in November. Ashes Cricket aims to be a realistic recreation of the sport. The game utilizes photogrammetry technology, which enables photo-real likenesses of the men’s and women’s Australian and English cricket teams to be rendered in-game. Fans who play Ashes Cricket will be able to create their own players, teams, stadiums and logos as well as their own competitions and types of matches, and will also be able to engage in a career mode (CA).

Formula 1 moved a step closer to introducing live 360-degree footage from races "following successful tests that took place at the Singapore Grand Prix last weekend," according to Jonathan Noble of MOTORSPORT. F1 technology partner Tata trialed two live 360-degree video cameras at the Marina Bay circuit "to see if there was scope for them to be introduced as part of the regular television feed in the future." Tata wanted to trial the cameras and "check on its data transfer capabilities because live 360-degree feeds have proved a big challenge for sports to introduce due to a lengthy delay before the images can be processed." That delay, which can be up to 30 seconds, is caused by the 360-degree footage "requiring up to five times as much data for an image" as a normal HD camera (MOTORSPORT, 9/18).

Greece's Nova Sports channels secured carriage on Vodafone's IPTV platform. The channels, which are also broadcast on Nova's DTH platform, offer viewers exclusive coverage of the Greek Football Championship, Super League, the EuroLeague and the Basketball Champions League. In addition, they feature football from France, the Netherlands, England, Italy, Germany and Spain, "as well as numerous other sports events including Wimbledon" (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 9/18).

Dublin Gaelic Athletic Association's "narrow win over Mayo" in Sunday's All-Ireland Senior Football Championship final was the "most watched show" on Irish TV so far this year, with more than 1 million viewers tuning in to "the drama on RTÉ2." The game drew an average audience of 1,137,500 (RTÉ, 9/18).

Eleven Sports
secured live and exclusive rights to the inaugural Laver Cup men's tennis competition in Belgium and Luxembourg. The tournament will see team Europe take on a team from the rest of the world at the O2 Arena in Prague from Friday-Sunday (Eleven Sports).

Swiss pay-TV provider Teleclub will offer 12 matches of the Swiss Ice Hockey Cup live and exclusively "from the sixteen-finals and the finals co-exclusively" with public provider SRG. In addition, "selected matches will be available for free" on TV channel Teleclub Zoom. The matches will be "commented on in German, French and partially also Italian." Viewers will also be able to watch selected highlights on (TELECOMPAPER, 9/14).

Following Brexit, more than 1,000 exported TV channels "will find themselves exposed." They originate in the U.K. with an Ofcom license but "will need a new one after the country leaves" the European Union (BROADBAND TV NEWS, 9/18).

U.K. broadcaster ITV acquired the rights to this year's edition of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe horse racing event. The event takes place on Oct. 1 at the Chantilly racecourse in France (ITV).