If you have had problems watching Premier League matches via Kodi or through your ‘fully loaded’ Android box, you’re not alone.
As the new season kicked off last weekend, the Premier League stepped up its crackdown on shady Kodi streams which illegally broadcast matches.
The crackdown resulted in screens going blank for many viewers trying to watch games between 11-13 August..
The crackdown not only affected Kodi streams but also other IPTV services including GSE IPTV and Perfect Player.
While the block primarily affects users in the UK, viewers elsewhere could be affected if they watch streams of coverage from Sky Sports or BT Sport, who are the official broadcasters of Premier League football in the UK.
According to Torrent Freak, a UK based provider is now instructing all UK customers to use a VPN in order to bypass the restrictions that have been put in place.
The site also reports how the crackdown on Premier League football had another side effect.
“An interesting side effect of this EPL action is that even if IPTV subscribers don’t care about football, many were affected this past weekend anyway, Torrent Freak reported.
“TF is aware of at least three services (there are probably many more) that couldn’t service their UK customers with any other channels whatsoever while the Premier League games were being aired.
“This suggests that the IP addresses hit by the EPL and blocked by local ISPs belonged to the same servers carrying the rest of the content offered by the IPTV providers.”
The crackdown on streaming Premier League football combined with the recent closure of other Kodi add ons suggests it will only get more difficult for people to stream premium sports and TV content using Kodi and other shady services.