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Sky has claimed a major victory in the battle to stop people illegally streaming its Premier League coverage.

According to Matthew Hibbert, Sky's head of litigation, pioneering injunctions obtained by the Premier League have resulted in local internet service providers blocking illegal football streams in real-time.

This has made it much harder to watch football illegally online in the UK.

Speaking at the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia Conference 2017 in Macau, Hibbert said: "Site-blocking has moved the goalposts significantly. In the UK, you cannot watch pirated live Premier League content anymore."

Though Hibbert might be jumping the gun a bit. According to TorrentFreak, there are still more than a dozen sites offering live Premier League streaming illegally.

And the problem won't go away overnight. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, around 26 million people use Kodi boxes to watch copyrighted content illegally online.

That's about 70 per cent of Kodi's 38 million users. So the demand is obviously there and the problem isn't going away in a hurry.

There has been a crackdown in the UK on fully-loaded Kodi boxes of late.

These are the devices all set up for illegal streaming at the point of sale, so all you have to do is connect to the internet to start breaking the law.

Kodi itself isn't illegal, but the third-party software add-ons that enable such activity are very much so.



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