DOHA, Qatar — In the Stands at the World Cup, the The fraternal bonds between Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been evident. Fans arrived at games in their finest attire the The colors of both countries, and the countries’ rulers have made a show of publicly supporting one another.

Even so, the The dispute over broadcasting has seen a number of nations locked in an interesting conflict. the World Cup’s games unavailable to viewers in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi-based customers of Tod TV, a streaming service launched in January by Qatar’s beIN Media Group, which owns rights to the tournament across the Middle East suddenly blocked the platform an hour before the tournament’s opening game last Sunday. That meant they were not watching when their country’s crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, wearing a Qatar scarf, was offered a seat near to the Gianni Infantino is the FIFA president, one step removed from Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani the Qatari Emirate

Prince Mohammed was given such prominence at the World Cup would have been unthinkable only two years ago, when he led a regional boycott against Qatar, or when a yearslong effort by a Saudi-backed pirate network effectively stole billions of dollars worth of beIN’s sports content. Since the Relations had improved so much that Saudi Arabia is looking at buying a stake to beIN. a $130 million marketing agreement With the Qatari company.

With that backdrop, beIN officials have been stunned to find their streaming platform suspended by Saudi Arabia’s media regulators. BeIN has lobbied FIFA, Saudi Arabia’s sports minister and even the United States and British governments are trying to figure out a way to unlock their services. They have not been able to do so and it is unclear why. the In a country where soccer is closely followed by millions, action was taken and has brought thousands of soccer fans across the globe. the border. Qatar’s emir even wore a Saudi Arabia scarf during Saudi Arabia’s shock victory over powerhouse Argentina Monday.

So far, the only official message has been from the Media ministry: Telling subscribers who are trying to log in to their accounts that the Network has been temporarily suspended due to an unspecified violation.

Saudi subscribers are flooding social media complaining about the lack of access. the site, while electronics companies that carry Tod TV on their equipment have also sought answers from beIN’s Tod subsidiary. The network is still unsure as to why it has not been able to provide much clarity. the Action has been taken. This week, Prince Salman directed all state institutions in Qatar to support Qatar’s efforts to host. the World Cup.

“Due to matters beyond our control, we are experiencing an outage in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which is currently impacting, the official streaming partner of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. Additional information will be provided as soon as it is available,” Tod wrote to his partners.

Saudi’s media ministry did not reply to an email for comment. FIFA, which has been close to Saudi Arabia and has encouraged the Gulf kingdom will bid for the 2030 World CupThe same goes for the person who did not respond to my request for comment.

Majid al Qasabi, a board member and head of the Saudi Arabia Media Ministry, is responsible for leading the Saudi Arabia Media Ministry. the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, the An entity is currently in discussions to purchase a stake in beIN.

FIFA has joined with dozens of leagues and sports federations to demand Saudi Arabia takes action against FIFA the BeOUTQ was a Saudi-backed pirate organization that thrived during the Blockade peaked in 2018, the last World Cup It was taken to Russia and piratized in its entirety.

Until the Tod’s sudden suspension has made him a household name. the Saudi Arabia has the largest streaming service, surpassing subscriptions for international services such as Netflix and Disney Plus.

BeIN broadcasts 22 under its agreement with FIFA World Cup Saudi Arabia offers free television, which includes games the opening game, the final and all of Saudi’s games. Tod is the only place to find the 42 remaining games. This suspension has angered millions of soccer-loving fans. Saudis Their fervor only grew after. the Argentina is defeated

The ban on the Saudi Arabia is pushing for a global sports league. This streaming site was created. It has quickly become a major player in the global sports market. the The largest investors in the sector has secured a wide range of rights and events. the High-profile purchase of Premier League soccer team Newcastle, and launch of LIV Golf, a series backed billions of dollars that pretends to take over established competitions.