Premier League wins court order to block Kodi football streams
- Author: Lila Blake Mar 12, 2017,
Mar 12, 2017, 0:41
"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 is set to increase its crackdown on illegal streaming after it was granted a High Court order to stop live matches being streamed for free on "Kodi" boxes.
A British Court Order obtained by the Premier League means anyone with access to the illegal Kodi system, or you watch the games via pirate internet sites (doesn't matter in which country they are based) will have to shut down or the person (s) responsible can expect a hefty fine, and or prison.
The ruling now makes it much easier for the Premier League to take "precise" action to target illegal streams.
The Premier League TV rights for 2016-19 sold for £5.136 billion in 2015.
"We will continue working with ISPs, government, and other sports content producers to protect consumers from illegitimate services that offer no recourse when services are removed, provide no parental controls and, in many instances, are provided by individuals involved in other criminal activity", the Premier League said.
Rights holders could previously only shut down individual streams, which could be reconnected easily through another source or stream, making the fight against online piracy nearly impossible.
Not that this crackdown seems to have had a huge impact on the popularity of Kodi.
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.
The Hull Daily Mail reports that a review is in place aimed at putting a halt to the sale of the open-source devices, which are thought to sometimes come pre-loaded with third-party add-ons which enable viewers to watch material which they should not have access to.