Premier League wins order to block illegal streaming


Mr Justice Arnold approved an order for Britain's top four broadband providers - BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - to block connections to the servers that host pirated streams of matches.

The Premier League has managed to secure a court order to help stop streams of football matches, which are commonly viewed on so-called Kodi boxes, that infringe broadcasting rights.

The Premier League has also been gathering intelligence to trigger arrests of people supplying Kodi boxes.

The Premier League has won a High Court order allowing it to clamp down on viewing of live games via Kodi devices.

Kodi is a free media player app for playing videos, music, pictures or games, and streams media from local and network storage or the internet.

Some vendors sell set-top boxes and TV sticks known as Kodi boxes, preloaded with the software.

"Nowadays people often prefer to stream pirated content instead of using traditional torrent sites".

It's the modification of the boxes to receive paid-for subscription services, like Sky Sports, which is illegal. They pay a whopping £5.1 billion between them for three years of rights and are therefore keen to see any activity which might undermine their business being clamped down on.

The penalties include huge fines and a possible prison sentence.

A spokesperson 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 Premier League says it is now engaged in a range of activity to protect its intellectual property, and the "significant investment" made in the competition by live broadcast partners Sky Sports and BT Sport.

So, whilst selling Kodi boxes with these add-ons pre-installed definitely is illegal, as Kodi add-ons will only ever allow you to stream content, it seems likely that they are legal in the United Kingdom themselves.