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Piracy forces Qatar broadcaster to drop F1

Just days ahead of the launches of the 2019 contenders and pre-season testing, beIN Sports, which has had the contract to broadcast F1 in the Middle East and North Africa for the last five years, announced that it would not be renewing the current contract which runs out at the end of this season. Last year, admitting there was an issue with piracy in the region, Formula One Management released a statement in which it referred to problems with Saudi Arabia's beoutQ, claiming that F1 was being broadcast without having acquired the rights in the Middle East and North Africa. beoutQ was launched in 2017 after Saudi Arabia began a trade boycott of Qatar, having accused the Gulf state of aiding...
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