ISPs to block set-top boxes that illegally live-stream soccer matches

  • ISPs to block set-top boxes that illegally live-stream soccer matches

ISPs to block set-top boxes that illegally live-stream soccer matches

Now, thanks to the order from Mr. Justice Arnold, Britains four major ISPs, BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media, will be legally obliged to block any connections which are hosting illegal streams of Premier League games.

'We are pleased the English Premier League's application to crack down on illegal streaming has been granted.

A Premier League spokesman told BBC News the ruling would allow it to target pirates in a more "precise manner".

But broadcasters and the Premier League have been fretting about the rise of Kodi set-top boxes, which allow football fans to watch live streams of copyrighted material on their TVs without paying for a subscription.

This week, a millionaire who flogged Kodi boxes to pubs for £1,000 a pop was ordered to pay £250,000 and handed a 10-month prison sentence, which was suspended for one year after 65-year-old Malcom Mayes of Hartlepool, County Durham pleaded guilty to selling the boxes illegally.

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.

According to a recent survey commissioned by the security firm Irdeto, Kodi boxes are particularly prevalent in the UK.

In a post about its consultation about Kodi boxes, the IPO said: "Despite the legitimate use of this equipment, software is widely available (illicit Kodi extensions being the best known) which connect the boxes to illegal content through streaming websites, file lockers and BitTorrent trackers".

However, they can be used to gain third party add-ons that offer illegal streams as well as the legal TV services.

In the United Kingdom, the law regulating this area comes from the European Union and comes from "Article 5 of Directive 2001/29/EC".

Earlier this week Kodi boxes came under attack from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), after they launched a bid to try halt sales of the devices.