Two satellite channels have been taken off Egypt's Nilesat for allegedly broadcasting pirated content, as official Middle East broadcasters such as MBC Group, OSN and Rotana step up a campaign for better copyright enforcement in the region.

Panorama Comedy and Panorama Action are no longer broadcasting via the Nilesat satellite located at 7 West.

"The channels were clearly illegitimately inspired. There was no attempt to get rights," said the chief executive of MBC Group, Sam Barnett. "What happened a few weeks ago was that we finally made breakthroughs. Nilesat agreed that they would stop broadcasting Panorama: Panorama Comedy has already closed down as well as Panorama Action this past Saturday," said Barnett.