The Premier League has begun a new round of crackdowns on illegal streaming of matches by internet-TV boxes such as Kodi.
Many users were unable to watch last weekend after a new round of blocks targeted at IP addresses hosting illegal streams of matches.
The new round of blocks by the Premier League is thanks to a high-court injunction which requires internet service providers such as Sky, BT and Virgin to block ‘pirate’ streams in real-time.
The Premier League has already blocked thousands of addresses streaming matches using this method – but Torrentfreak reports that it has ‘upped its game’ this weekend.
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Within minutes of matches beginning on Saturday, many live streams went offline – leaving users watching ‘black screens’.
Torrentfreak says, ‘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.’
Using Kodi software (which can be installed on smartphones or PCs) remains legal – it’s just installing add-ons to allow piracy which is the problem.
Britain’s new Digital Economy Act has put further pressure on Kodi users – means that users of Kodi boxes could face up to 10 years in prison.
Providers of illegal content are the most likely to face long sentences under the new law.
In theory, the bill criminalises even minor copyright infringement – where copyright holders face a loss or a ‘risk of loss’ by something being published online.
In practice, ordinary users are not actually likely to be prosecuted – although you have still technically committed a crime, the government says.