Fans using Kodi boxes to watch West Ham and other games for free are about to get a rude awakening.
The Premier League has secured a High Court order that allows it to shut down illegal video streams of football matches on Kodi by blocking access to the computer servers on which they are hosted.
Until now, rights holders could only shut down individual streams, which could be re-established relatively easily, so fighting piracy was like a game of whack-a-mole.
A Premier League spokesman told BBC News the ruling would allow it to target pirates in a more “precise manner”.
“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,” he said.
Fans who want to continue to watch live football on TV are urged to subscribe to official channels such as Sky Sports or BT Sport, or watch games at a venue that charges for access.
Kodi boxes are one of the most popular ways to watch pirated video content in the UK.
Perhaps, if they charged a reasonable price, more people would subscribe. So now they have a monopoly and can charge even more.
Personallu don’t see it working – there are millions of these people
Its a bummer for fans who use Kodi to watch our matches abroad.I have a mate in the United States of Trump who uses Kodi i believe,he will have the right hump.
Serves him right for leaving our green & pleasant lands 😂😂
there are so many sites it will be near impossible to shut them all down
Indeed there are plenty but you have to tread carefully with some.A buddy of mine had his PC trashed by one of these sites through a virus even though he had all anti virus/malware precautions installed.
I can honestly say I’ve never streamed a match in my life, I wouldn’t know how to. I thought Kodi was a Wild West outlaw! If I can’t go to the match or watch it on BT or Sky at home or in the pub then the last resort is Match of the Day.
I happen to think live 3pm ko’s on the box aren’t far away especially for pub use. You can watch every premiership match at 3pm in the bars in Europe and Asia etc. Only a matter of time.