Liverpool, Arsenal and Leicester games are all on pay-per-view this weekend As well as being illegal, IPTV setups also pose a huge risk of privacy and fraud
The Premier League’s grand pay-per-view experience is more than halfway and still proves to be as controversial with fans as it was when it was announced During this weekend’s series of matches, fans from ten clubs… including Liverpool, Arsenal and Leicester â € “ who want to watch their teams play will have to shell out £ 14.95 to see their matches
The « temporary solution » to fans still banned from attending matches, five matches from each round of the October matches are available on television for a one-off fee The games broadcast on pay-per-view are those that were not selected by the broadcasters to be originally shown on television However, the decision did not go well
Pay-per-view charges are paid to either BT Sport Sky Sports broadcaster but end up coming back with the Premier League and supporting individual clubs, in addition to existing TV subscriptions and subscriptions that fans can hold Fans have been claimed to be barred from the sport And as Newcastle United were beaten 4-1 by Manchester United, Newcastle supporters protested the pay-per-view fee and donated £ 20,000 to a bank city food Fans from the other 19 Premier League clubs have now signed up for the same charity campaign
– This seems to have gotten to the heart of that all-important question, which is this year, how do you put sport and put entertainment in front of viewers and consumers? Says Julian Aquilina, Senior TV Analyst at Enders Analysis, Specializing in People’s Viewing Habits and Sports Rights The movie industry has faced similar troubles and has yet to find an answer either
This has led people to turn to illegal viewing Some football fans have continually tried to circumvent broadcast subscriptions by searching for streaming links on social media, using illegal subscription services and adapting streaming boxes – It’s going to drive people towards hacking, – Football finance expert Kieran Maguire told the BBC the pay-per-view system was revealed As fans on Twitter complained about the £ 14.95 load â ???? IPTVâ ???? (Internet Protocol TV) has become the trending topics of the site
Strictly speaking, IPTV itself is not illegal – but when used to broadcast sports and bypass payment systems, it is illegal.The technology is different from purely online streaming links because it may involve the use of specific material to view broadcast footage it also carries enormous risks for privacy
Basically IPTV is the delivery of TV content over the Internet Basically this definition can include Netflix, BBC iPlayer and other similar services These can include IPTV delivered to people via devices like Amazon Fire Sticks, various Android boxes, Kodiâ € ” boxes or other boxes that connect to other Internet TV services IPTV becomes illegal when systems are configured mostly using add-ons – to access content that a device owner shouldn’t be accessing This includes Premier League streams, subscription TV and other pay-per-view services
– We have certainly seen a surge in online sales and advertising for illegal services and frankly people are asking openly on social media where they can buy it, â € “ Says Vicky Brock, CEO and Co-Founder of Fraud and Consumer Rights Firm Vistalworks – I would say we are seeing between eight to 12 times more illegal IPTV ads and ads online than at the same time last year ???? Seeing increased salesperson activity indicates greater demand for the services, says Brock â € “ We are taking a boom in sales as the reflection is a huge increase in demandâ € ”
Tim Pearson of anti-piracy firm NAGRA agrees Since the start of the pandemic, NAGRA has seen a marked increase in piracy in the industry, due to events such as live streaming movies made necessary due to the forced closure of cinemas – and à la carte sporting events
Behind the scenes, a battle is underway to prevent people from selling, buying and using IPTV services to watch football and other services illegally More and more people using the services are being arrested “The fight against illegal IPTV services begins with shutting down service providers,” says Kieron Sharp, CEO of FACT, the UK organization that investigates cybercrime, fraud and other intellectual property crimes. FACT works alongside police forces, broadcasters such as Sky and BT and the Premier League to find and prosecute people operating IPTV networks
The Premier League is leading a lot of this work Ahead of the start of this season he has received a new High Court blocking order which makes it easier for him to shut down illegal viewing Premier League chief legal officer Kevin Plumb says order has already had an impact
– The improved blocking order granted at the start of this season is a big reason why Premier League hack in the UK has actually declined this season and is now at an all-time low Plumb says at ???? Therefore, whatever the motivation behind the decisions individuals make to try to access illegal flows, the mechanisms we have in place to shut them down and block them are complete, and they workâ € ”
The blocking order is just one of the ways the Premier League tackles piracy – ???? whether through IPTV devices or other illegal streams In the 2019/20 season, 329,000 live streams were blocked or disrupted and he expects to block many more this year In addition, 404,000 short form clips and highlights were removed from the Internet during the same season, and 250,000 links to pirate feeds were removed from Google search results.
On top of that is the use of the law.In June this year, Mark Schofield, 49, of Radcliffe was given a two-year suspended prison sentence for selling suitable Raspberry Pis that could access Sky subscription channels they were sold for £ 80-100 each and a Facebook group gave people advice on how to avoid measures put in place to prevent illegal subscriptions from working Sky says the operation cost him around £ 1million in losses Also this year a former police officer was jailed for selling ZGemma boxes with software installed to allow people to watch Sky Sports and BT Sport And last month another man who sold 2,500 illegal devices was sentenced to two years in prison
The biggest action in the UK happened last year when a Premier League investigation saw three men jailed for a total of 17 years The men had provided illegal access to league games via companies and websites called Dreambox and yourfootiecom â ???? to over 1000 pubs, clubs and houses and has earned over £ 5million in the process
Despite recent action that has had an impact, Brock says sellers have recently pursued new tactics to try to avoid getting caught As with almost all types of cybercrime and hacking, criminals often do the first steps before the authorities quickly catch up with their new tactics
– Sellers put much more effort into evasive tactics – from directing buyers to complete the transaction offline or through WhatsApp and the like (incredibly high risk for the buyer), to deliberately « mis-categorizing » services in online marketplaces to avoid detection, â € “ Brock adds – We recently found illegal streaming services listed in 98 different categories in a major market, including underwear and toys, as a deliberate attempt to evade platform processes.at ????
NAGRA’s Pearson says that technologically, security strategies include treacherous tracing elements such as watermark can be used with anti-piracy tools to remove illegal content
But it’s not just the people running and selling the boxes who are targeted for their crimes In September, police in Norfolk and Suffolk took the unprecedented step of warning ‘thousands of people’ of people using an IPTV service called GE Hosting The letters warned that people who continued to use the service could be investigated and charged – Fines and jail terms of up to five years are available for those arrested using the types of services Rather unusual, letters were sent after police obtained a warrant for names and details personal data of those who have subscribed to GE Hosting
Buying streaming boxes and potentially questionable software comes with other risks as well – Besides risking a criminal conviction, users of illegal content expose themselves to threats like malware and hacking, – says Sharp of FACT Recent research has shown that more than half of people who violate copyright laws have been victims of hackers or identity fraud IPTV systems also lack parental controls , which risks children being exposed to adult material
There is also the chance that they are poorly made â ???? Illicit streaming devices such as modified set-top boxes pose an additional risk of electrical safety issues, â € “ Sharp says When tested, these boxes do not always meet EU safety standards, giving them the potential to start a fire
Even though the risks of illegal IPTV streaming are well documented, people still search for the services online There is not a complete picture of how many people use the platforms or who manages them because many streaming options are managed from abroad where different rights agreements cover Premier League broadcasts
Endersâ ???? Aquilina says the Premier League and broadcasters have made progress in stopping these types of scams â € “ I think they’ve been doing pretty well the last few years a ???? The scale of IPTV users is not known and pay-per-view only applies to games that would not have been televised anyway, he says. Although Aquilina adds that the current situation with pay-per-view and games played behind closed doors has seen the talk of piracy resurface in more significant ways than in recent years.
As more people spend more time indoors during the winter, plus an increase in Covid-19 cases across the UK and local lockdown levels introduced, broadcasters and the football world will likely face more difficult months Demand will only increase TV consumption in general increases during the colder months of the year
At the time of writing, it’s unclear if the pay-per-view system will continue beyond October It is likely that new deals could be made on the broadcast of Premier League games in the coming months While broadcasters have refused to reveal pay-per-view audience numbers, we do know that games at the end of last season that were made free drew huge audiences. The BBC’s Premier League opener (Crystal Palace defeated Bournemouth 2-0) was watched by 39 million people and the Merseyside derby Sky show reached a whopping 55 million viewers
– You have examples of matches, which have been phenomenally successful for broadcasters, shown both on pay TV and for free, â € “ Aquilina says In the future, could other matches get the same free treatment? – I think the problem is, nobody knows how durable this stuff isâ ????
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