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European Parliament approve anti-illegal streaming technology to shut down piracy within 30 minutes

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Pandemic benefits & costs

Throughout the pandemic, fans in the UK have been able to enjoy non-stop football, with almost every single game having been shown across some form of streaming platform or television channel.

Whilst not a smooth process when taking into account the amount of money customers have been forced to pay, it has assured matches are not missed whilst behind closed doors.

Whilst it has of course been nice to be able to watch almost every single game, the teams in the footballing pyramid, especially towards the bottom, have suffered hugely due to loss of match day revenue.

Typically, the UK has a rule in place whereby no 3 p.m. kick-offs are to be broadcast, in order to encourage people to go and watch their local teams play.

With the return of fans to grounds, this embargo is likely to be reinstated, and therefore Premier League matches kicking off at 3 p.m. will once again be barred from television broadcast.

Illegal streaming battle

Due to this, with many supporters still keen to watch their teams whilst not able to attend matches due to travel and/or financial reasons, illegal streams will be sought.

This has been a growing problem throughout the UK.

In 2017, the Premier League was granted a court order which was supposed to help crack down on illegal streaming, and saw over 5000 IP addresses blocked.

Premier League director of legal services Kevin Plumb thought it would be a ‘game changer.’

“It will allow us to quickly and effectively block and disrupt the illegal broadcast of Premier League football via any means, including so called ‘pre-loaded Kodi boxes,'” he said.

European Parliament approve anti-illegal streaming technology to shut down piracy within 30 minutes

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – JANUARY 01: BT Sport microphones lay on a table during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton FC at the Etihad Stadium on January 1, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

“The protection of our copyright, and the investment made by our broadcast partners, is hugely important to the Premier League and the future health of English football.

“The ability that clubs have to develop and acquire talented players, to build and improve stadiums, and to support communities and schools is all predicated on being able to market, sell and protect commercial rights.”

Yet, streaming remains rife, and threatens to return in a big way.

European parliament ruling

Things, from a European perspective at least, are set to change, though.

The European Parliament have approved software which is designed to remove illegal broadcasts of games within 30 minutes of their start:

“Just like you can’t enter a stadium without buying a ticket, same thing for the internet.”

This is a European initiative, but due to Brexit it is not clear whether the move will cross over into the UK broadcasting sector. It can be assumed that the Premier League will move to acquire similar technology in an attempt to halt the criminal entities involved.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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