Sportflix Bets on "Legal Loopholes" for Broadcasts

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by @todotvnews the 11/08/2017
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After FOX Sports Latin America denied negotiations with the streaming platform Sportflix, Matías Said, its VP, assured to the Argentine press that the company will take advantage of "legal loopholes" to broadcast Argentine football and other sports events. 

After a mega announcement last month, and a roll-out date set for August 30, the sports streaming platform Sportflix is already a hot topic on the Argentine press after FOX Sports published a harsh press release denying all negotiations with the platform.

The company also announced it is prepared to take legal action if the platform re-broadcasts any event to which they hold rights to.

"In light of some news reported by several media outlets in the region, FOX Sports Latin America categorically denies having maintained or being amidst negotiations about our sporting rights with the company Sportflix. We have no knowledge of the company and no contact has been established with it," begins the statement.

"It is important to note that most of the properties broadcasted by FOX Sports in Latin America are exclusive and will remain that way for the benefit of the 61 million subscribers and households in the 19 countries that choose us daily through our multiple television platforms and our FOX Sports App," adds the release, emphasizing the "exclusive" nature of the rights they currently hold.

Among them are the Libertadores, Sudamericana, Champions League CONCACAF, Bundesliga, NFL, MLB, WWE, UFC, Premier Boxing Champions, NASCAR, Dakar Rally, Formula 1, Formula E, Serie A TIM Italy and the UEFA Champions League, among others.

Several of these tournaments are also being promoted by Sportflix for its platform, which is the main reason why FOX is already threatening to take legal action to protect their exclusive rights.

"FOX Sports Latin America works together with the owners of this content to take all necessary actions to protect our products from piracy and illegal use of these rights," they warned.

When asked about the statement, Matías Said, VP of Sportflix, explained that they could indeed broadcast those events as they had found "legal loopholes" and "negotiation loopholes" that would allow them to do so.

"Some legal loopholes and negotiation loopholes were found with most of the channels and that will allow us to broadcast. It often happens that people have the rights to broadcast on television and not through the internet, that's our angle. In other cases, it happens that if they don't want to give me the network in one place, I can get it from another, and there you can do it legally," he added during an interview with Radio Belgrano AM 950.

"The page will go live on the 30th in Argentina, and all the content will be available for broadcast with no setbacks," he further explained.

"You can watch everything for US$ 20, not just Argentine football. We're not here to fight with the local companies; we wanted to act as a compliment. We're an international company. We won't fight with FOX and Turner. We want to work like Netflix. This is the year 2017 and we must move forward," concluded Said.

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