BeIN, Canal Plus and RMC combine to shut down pirate French sports streaming portal
Beinsport-streaming.com, a French pirate sports streaming portal, has been closed down, while those suspected of operating it have been arrested and will be tried in a court in Rennes.
The move follows a joint complaint from French broadcasters Canal Plus, BeIN Sports and RMC Sport in collaboration with ALPA, the association for combating audiovisual piracy.
The broadcasters said that about 20 pirate sites were being operated through the portal, and were visited by nearly 500,000 users per month over the last six months. “A large amount of money was seized” after the operators brought in cash through the sale of advertising banners on the site.
Separately, the Qatar-based BeIN last week blamed a bitter dispute over piracy of its BeIN Sports channels in the Middle East region for a decision to lay off some of its staff, understood to total about 300 people, or about 20 per cent of the workforce, in Doha.
The broadcaster claimed that the decision was a direct consequence of the activities of beoutQ, the now-notorious platform at the centre of a high-profile, politically-charged piracy operation.