Watching Premier League football via Kodi or other illegal online streams is about to get a whole lot harder.
The Premier League has announced is has obtained a court order that will make it much more difficult to watch games on so called Kodi boxes and illegal streams.
The Premier League have said this is the “biggest ever crackdown” on illegal streams and it will come into effect for the start of the 2017/18 season which is due to start on 12 August.
The ruling enables the Premier League to quickly block the servers that are hosting any streams of matches that are being broadcast by Sky and BT Sport.
These streams, which can be watched online via dedicated websites or via ‘fully loaded’ Kodi boxes or other Android TV boxes, enable people to watch football by streaming the various Sky Sports channels or other broadcasters, without paying.
According to Torrentfreak, the Premier League obtained a similar order towards the end of the 2016/17 season which resulted in 5,000 illegal streams being blocked.
“This blocking order is a game-changer in our efforts to tackle the supply and use of illicit streams of our content,” a spokesperson for the Premier League said.
“It will allow us to quickly and effectively block and disrupt the illegal broadcast of Premier League football via any means, including so called ‘pre-loaded Kodi boxes’.
“The protection of our copyright, and the investment made by our broadcast partners, is hugely important to the Premier League and the future health of English football.”
Kodi itself is completely legal, third party add ons enable users to access copyrighted content such as live sports, movies and TV shows without paying.
The so called fully loaded Kodi boxes and other Android TV boxes are popular among expats in Thailand.
The news comes on the same day Thai broadcaster TrueVision announced the launch of a new promotion aimed at Premier League football fans.