Messenger The Premier League is desperately trying to watching football online illegal people from illegally streaming football games. The order was the latest in a series of moves to combat this illegal viewing.
Tags Nearly half of Premier League fans admit to watching illegal football stream According to a new survey by the BBC, almost a third of fans claimed they did not know accessing unauthorised streams was illegal.
The research conducted by 5 Live Daily, which collected the views of 1, fans, further revealed that a third of supporters watch matches through illegal streams at least once a month.
A quarter of all those surveyed said they use special technology such as Kodi boxes to access these streams.
The Premier League has already announced its intention to crack down on these boxes, which infringe on television rights held by Sky Sports and BT Sport. The English top flight recently won a court order that will allow it to block entire servers from which streams are originating, rather than just individual websites — an approach they believe will be more effective in tackling the problem.
Online marketplaces eBay and Amazon have also said that they will ban any users caught selling the boxes through their sites, with the latter even threatening to destroy any equipment found in the centres they provide to store and ship stock.
Sky plan to revamp their sports offering by offering more flexible packages that start at a much lower price as they battle with the change in consumer expectations created by subscription TV services such as Netflix.
Under the order, the content provided by the illegitimate servers or hosts, using streams from legal broadcast outlets, will be targeted in real time for disabling using the latest advances in technology, the court heard. It will be possible to block streams across several platforms and apps "in one blow", the court also heard.
Sky saw a 14 per cent decline and BT a two per cent drop, which amounted to the biggest decrease in seven years.
According to the BBC, just under a third of fans say they did not know whether or not it was illegal to stream Premier League matches live from unauthorised providers.
As the old saying goes, if it looks too good to be true, then it probably is.