Arabsat welcomes French court’s ruling against Qatar’s beIN SPORTS

The ruling fined BeIN SPORTS, and charged the group to pay the prosecution cost. (File/AFP)
Updated 16 June 2019
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Arabsat welcomes French court’s ruling against Qatar’s beIN SPORTS

  • The judiciary’s ruling rejected all allegations made by beIN against Arabsat
  • Arabsat said the ruling has proven “beyond a shadow of a doubt” the organization’s valid position from day one

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) welcomed on Thursday a ruling issued by the President of Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris on the false allegations made by Qatar’s beIN SPORTS and its France-based branch.

Arabsat said it “greatly values and respects the integrity of the French judiciary, which has skillfully and professionally addressed the allegations of Qatar’s Al Jazeera subsidiary, beIN SPORTS.”

The judiciary’s ruling rejected all allegations made by beIN against Arabsat, confirming Arabsat’s position regarding all the accusations and defamation attempts led by Qatar’s media group, which sought to link the organization to the dubious beoutQ piracy.

Arabsat said the ruling has proven “beyond a shadow of a doubt” the organization’s valid position from day one, despite beIN SPORTS' attempts to cast doubt.

“Its media smear campaign; and its relentless attempts to push bogus and misleading claims,” a statement said from Arabsat.

The ruling fined BeIN SPORTS, and charged the group to pay the prosecution cost, which Arabsat says is a representation of “justice and refutes all false accusations that Qatar’s beIN SPORTS group tried to pin on Arabsat to cover its technical failure to address media piracy.”

Arabsat says that it hopes that the international federations will not drift behind defamation attempts and misleading campaigns led by the beIN organization, whose reputation has been tarnished by criminal investigations in France and Switzerland on charges of corruption and bribery.

Arabsat concluded it’s statement by saying that it reserves “the right to take legal action against beIN, its executives, and all parties involved in spreading false news regarding the Arabsat ruling.”


Netflix to roll out cheaper mobile-only plan for India

Updated 18 July 2019
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Netflix to roll out cheaper mobile-only plan for India

  • India is among the last big growth markets for the company
  • Netflix faces competition from Amazon’s Prime Video and Walt Disney Co’s Hotstar
Netflix said on Wednesday it would roll out a lower-priced mobile-only plan in India within the next three months to tap into a price-sensitive market at a time the streaming company is losing customers in its home turf.
India is among the last big growth markets for the company, where it faces competition from Amazon.com Inc’s Prime Video and Hotstar, a video streaming platform owned by Walt Disney Co’s India unit.
Netflix lost US streaming customers for the first time in eight years on Wednesday, when it posted quarterly results. It also missed targets for new subscribers overseas.
“India is a mobile-first nation, where many first-time users are experiencing the Internet on their phones. In such a scenario, a mobile-only package makes sense to target new users,” said Tarun Pathak, analyst at Counterpoint Research.
The creator of “Stranger Things” and “The Crown” said in March that it was testing a 250-rupee ($3.63) monthly subscription for mobile devices in India, where data plans are among the cheapest in the world.
The country figures prominently in Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings’ global expansion plans.
“We believe this plan, which will launch in the third quarter, will be an effective way to introduce a larger number of people in India to Netflix and to further expand our business,” the company said in a letter to investors released late on Wednesday.
Netflix currently offers three monthly plans in India, priced between 500 rupees ($7.27) and 800 rupees $11.63).
It has created a niche following in the country by launching local original shows like the thriller “Sacred Games” and dystopian tale “Leila,” which feature popular Bollywood actors.
The second season of “Sacred Games” is set to release in August.
In contrast, Hotstar, which also offers content from AT&T Inc’s HBO and also streams live sports, charges 299 rupees ($4.35) per month. Amazon bundles its video and music streaming services with its Prime membership.
“We’ve been seeing nice steady increases in engagement with our Indian viewers that we think we can keep building on. Growth in that country is a marathon, so we’re in it for the long haul,” Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said.