Birmingham
03 April 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

beIN enlists Friend MTS


Sports broadcaster beIN has enlisted anti-piracy system provider Friend MTS to tackle online piracy.

Friend MTS will provide its advanced subscriber identification service to protect beIN channels over the internet throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

The live-watermarking system allows identifies subscriber accounts that are being used to retransmit live channels and events.

beIN can then identify those responsible and stop their access.

Jonathan Friend, CEO of Friend MTS, said: “Our watermarking system is now the most widely used in the world, as we continue to roll out the service with some of the world’s biggest broadcasting platforms.”

Executive director of commercial affairs at beIN, Mohammad Al Subaie, said: “Piracy in the Middle East and North Africa impacts pay TV industry immensely.”

“Piracy causes millions of dollars of losses to organisations, governments and deprives legitimate industries like regional content creators from return on their investments. By deploying latest technological means, beIN wants to ensure that our ecosystem in the region grows.”

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