Wimbledon organisers condemn IPTV piracy


The All England Lawn and Tennis Club (AELTC) has demanded action be taken against pirated feeds from Wimbledon, after pirated live streams were widely available this year.

The organisers of the annual tournament issued a statement following Sunday's final, confirming that live content from AELTC's broadcast partners, including the BBC, BeIN Sports, Canal+ and ESPN had been pirated by Saudi Arabia's beoutQ's IPTV apps and made available worldwide.

The Saudi IPTV service has long been a thorn in the eyes of numerous broadcasters and sports governing bodies for distributing live sport without the necessary rights and without regards to geographic restrictions. It's the second consecutive year that Wimbledon has been subject to piracy from beoutQ.

In its statement, the AELTC said the streaming of live coverage
... is not only wholly unlawful, but undermines the commercial value of Wimbledon’s intellectual property all around the world.

It added:
The AELTC will be making the strongest representations to the UK Government to put pressure on the Saudi Arabia authorities to immediately close down the beoutQ pirate operation following its ongoing illegal exploitation of world sport.