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As video-on-demand streaming services have become more available and ubiquitous in Australia, film and television piracy has steadily decreased. But now, live sports -- which television networks often pay extraordinary amounts for -- are being pirated in increasingly sophisticated operations.

In the Middle East, a reportedly Saudi Arabian satellite company BeoutQ has been pirating sporting streams from codes around the world, using rights held by Qatar-based beIN. FIFA has previously launched legal action against the group pirating soccer matches, and beIN has this week launched a website it says demonstrates "one of the greatest threats to the future of the sports and entertainment industry". BeIN says the stolen content is worth billions of dollars, initially only available inside Saudi Arabia but becoming increasingly professional since its launch in 2017.