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Dish sues IPTV operators over Arabic channels

Dish has filed suit against two over-the-top video providers, Spider-TV and Tiger Star, it says are pirating Arabic channels for unauthorised distribution, as per media reports.

“We feel it is our responsibility to ensure the channels and shows we pay to carry exclusively are not pirated and sold illegally,” said Timothy Messner, Dish EVP and General Counsel, in a statement. “Despite our best efforts to ask both Spider-TV and Tiger Star voluntarily to cease transmitting the channels without authorisation, they have continued to distribute the content, leaving us no course but legal action.”

As reported in the media, Dish said that starting at the beginning of 2017, it sent more than 100 notices to the operators of Tiger Star and Spider-TV, as well as their respective internet service providers, demanding that they cease and desist their allegedly unauthorised streaming.

The affected channels include Al Arabiya, Al Hayah 1, Al Jazeera Arabic News, Al Nahar, ART Cinema, Dream 2, Future TV, Igraa, LDC, MBC1, Murr TV (aka MTV Lebanon), NBN, New TV (aka Al Jadeed), Nourstat and ONTV.