Al Arabiya TV reports that two satellite TV channels that apparently earned their money through the broadcasting of films for which they did not own broadcast rights have been knocked off their satellites. Panorama Comedy and Panorama Action, two channels reported to originate in Egypt, have been dropped by the Nilesat satellites in response to pressure from other broadcasters who do hold the rights.

The channels that have opposed the pirates claim that up to $40 million in rights, annually, had been usurped by the illegal broadcasters. Those calling for the action include Saudi-owned MBC and Rotana.

Pirates sunk: Arab TV stations taken off air in copyright clampdown
Ben Flanagan – Al Arabiya

Two Arab TV stations that allegedly broadcast pirated content have been taken off air by a major satellite provider, as legitimate media firms step up a campaign for better copyright enforcement in the region.

Panorama Comedy is no longer broadcasting via the Nilesat satellite, while a related channel Panorama Action also came off the air this weekend.

Industry figures allege that both channels, which are believed to be based in Egypt, are involved in illegal broadcasting of films to which they do not own the rights.

Rival broadcasters MBC Group, OSN and Rotana have joined forces to put pressure on ‘pirate’ channels, in an attempt to protect their rights to films and TV series, which are worth millions of dollars a year. Al Arabiya is part of MBC Group.

Sam Barnett, the chief executive of MBC Group, said that many of the pirate satellite-TV channels operating in the region are broadcasting movies without proper license from the legitimate right holders.

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