Kodi crackdown: Premier League deals huge blow to illegal live streams ahead of new season

Kodi fans have seen the ongoing crackdown against illegal live streams continue with big news from the Premier League revealed.

Research has suggested Kodi – which offers access to thousands of channels – is being used in more than five million UK homes.

Kodi software is perfectly legal, but unaffiliated developers can produce third-party add-ons that provides free access to pirated and illegal content.

These apps allow users to illegally stream premium content, like paid-for sports, movie channels and TV shows for free.

These illegal add-ons have been targeted by ISPs, government agencies, broadcasters and rights holders.

And amid the ongoing piracy crackdown those hoping to illegally stream live football matches for the new Premier League season have been dealt a blow.

It has been revealed that the Premier League has been given permission by the High Court to have UK ISPs block illegal live streams in real-time.

A landmark injunction to track illegal live streams and block them in real-time was first obtained by the Premier League in 2017.

Leading ISPs such as BT, Virgin Media, EE, Sky Broadband and TalkTalk were affected as the system was deployed during the 2017/18 season.

It was again utilised during the 2018/19 season after the Premier League once again was granted a blocking order from the High Court.

And, as revealed in a post by TorrentFreak, for the third season in a row the Premier League has again obtained this anti-piracy order.

TorrentFreak reported that so far one ISP has confirmed the existence of the order which was signed off by Justice Arnold on July 15 2019.

Sky noted: “A number of unidentified servers associated with infringing Premier League match footage will be blocked until the end of the 2019/20 Premier League season”.

This blocking order is different to the ones that target torrent sites or streaming platforms which have a fixed domain.

Instead the servers illegally streaming Premier League matches are “unidentified” until they’re located a few minutes before matches begin.

Then relevant IP addresses are forwarded to ISPs who block them with the authority of the High Court.

The news comes after Kodi users were recently given another warning about the dangers of streaming illegally.

The team behind the service have been distancing themselves from this shady online activity for some time and now they are giving users another reason to consider their actions.

In a new post on their website, Kodi is alerting users to danger of watching content without permission with the team saying: “Our simple advice is to apply the same judgement to your Kodi installation as you would to anything else in life.

“Before using any third party repository or add-on, take a moment to consider what you know about the authors, their reputation and what they are offering.

“Don’t be fooled by false promises and dodgy deals – in the end the person responsible for your devices’ safety and security is you.”

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