English Premier League to crackdown on people illegally streaming matches

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Fans of English football who use a Kodi box to watch pirated streams of Premier League matches could soon be prevented from doing so.

Last week, the Premier League secured a court order in the United Kingdom to help crackdown on people illegally streaming football matches.

In what was is a landmark legal ruling, the court order allows the Premier League to blanket block at the source, targeting the computer servers used to broadcast the illegal streams.

Previously, it had only been possible to block individual streams, meaning that sooner had they been taken down, new streams appeared online.

The streams which are taken from broadcasters such as BT Sport and Sky Sports are watched via so called Kodi set top TV boxes.

A spokesman for the Premier League said: “For the first time this will enable the Premier League to disrupt and prevent the illegal streaming of our matches via IPTV, so-called Kodi, boxes.”

The order means that internet service providers in the UK will have to block access to the illegal streams. Bloomberg reported that streams can even be blocked mid-match.

What is Kodi?

Kodi if free and legal open source software that allows you to play a variety of multimedia content in one easy to use application.

Once installed, it turns any device such as a smartphone, tablet or Android box into a multi media player allowing users to stream a wealth of online content including movies, TV shows and sports broadcasts.

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