FOX Sports and other content providers are preparing a formal lawsuit against the streaming service Sportflix one the Mexican Intellectual Property Institute (IMPI) determines if the platform violates the broadcast rights of several companies, revealed Carlos Martinez, president of FOX Networks Group (FNG) Latin America in an interview with Mexican newspaper El Financiero.
“We have prepared a lawsuit as an industry, but we have to wait for the results of the investigation,” said Martínez. “If Sportflix has content that they buy and are legal, they are welcome; but if contents are stolen, we will take legal actions,” said the executive.
Several organizations such as the F1, the MX League and the Champions League denied having deals with Sportflix or Matías Said, the vice president of the OTT service and the only visible face of the project. The IMPI opened its investigation last week after receiving a complaint for piracy alleging that Sportflix offers exclusive programming of content belonging to Televisa, TV Azteca, FOX Sports, ESPN, TNT and Univision, according to its website.
The OTT platform, which promised to become “the Netflix of sports,” had scheduled the launch of the service in Latin America on August 30, something that finally did not happened. Meanwhile, its social networks remain inactive and it is unknown if it will finally launch.