Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Streaming Premier League games this season is going to be virtually impossible

jose.jpg

It’s 2017. Who pays for things these days? No one, that’s who. Oxygen? That’s free. The internet? That’s free. Music? Free. Films? Free. That new BMW that was in the showroom? Turns out that one’s not free which I actually think is a bloody disgrace frankly, they shouldn’t have left the keys behind the desk which anyone could get to by breaking in during the night.

But one thing which is definitely free is watching Premier League matches. No need to bother with that subscription to Sky or BT Sport – no, you just need to find a dodgy website or buy a Kodi box. Job done.

Well, shockingly, it turns out that the Premier League, Sky and BT Sport don’t want it to be free – something about them paying massive amounts of money for the rights and it not really being on that people are stealing their coverage apparently – and now they’ve won a major victory in their efforts to crack down on illegal streams.

The Premier League has obtained a High Court Blocking Order, with the ruling requiring UK internet service providers to block servers that are hosting the streams ‘by any means’. The changes will come into effect in time for the new season, which begins on 11 August.

no

It's going to be very difficult for you to stream moments like this next season

Premier League director of legal services, Kevin Plumb, said: "This blocking order is a game-changer in our efforts to tackle the supply and use of illicit streams of our content."

A BBC poll discovered that a third of fans watch illegal streams of matches – and it’s one of the possible causes of the drop in viewing figures for football – last year saw the biggest drop in viewers on Sky in at least seven years, a development which has led Sky to revamp its channels and pricing structure.

Premier League executive Plumb said: "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."

Fine, fine. But I get my massive new telly for free right?

(Images: Rex)

Related

football.jpg

There’s a new type of Fantasy Football League available this season

Alan-Shearer.jpg

Alan Shearer earns an outrageous amount of money for his punditry

live-on-sky-dec-sturridge-sterling-sanchez_3360721.jpg

Sky Sports are overhauling all their channels and slashing the price

More

Sergio Ramos just mercilessly destroyed Lionel Messi

Best in the world? Go fetch mate

by Carl Anka
17 Aug 2017

The 25 best forgotten Premier League goals of all time

Sorry, but these are all better than that Bergkamp goal

by Tom Victor
15 Aug 2017

The Premier League could make the transfer change we've all been after

Fi-na-lly

by Tom Victor
15 Aug 2017

This ref-cam video from Real Madrid's recent game is very, very cool

Shows just how impossible their job is

by Tom Victor
14 Aug 2017

Mo Farah is ditching his name for his new career as a marathon runner

Retiring from track and retiring his name

by Tom Victor
14 Aug 2017

The 50 greatest José Mourinho quotes

Not short of self-confidence

by Tom Victor
11 Aug 2017

Which new Premier League signings will flop this season?

Who'll be a hit and who will be shit?

by Sam Diss
11 Aug 2017

Brutally honest stereotypes about every Premier League team's fans

Who are ya? Who are ya? Who are ya?

by Sam Diss
10 Aug 2017

You have to watch this astonishing 15-second own goal

The other team doesn't even touch the ball

by Tom Victor
10 Aug 2017

We got Michael Owen to review the few movies he’s ever finished

"Didn’t like Rocky I, it’s rubbish"

by Alex Christian
10 Aug 2017