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10 Sep 2020
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The Premier League will clamp down heavily on illegal streams this season as further actions are being taken to prevent matches being watched for free online.


The Premier League is ramping up measures against streaming services ahead of the 2020/21 season. The League plans to stop fans from illegally streaming matches as they plan a crackdown on IPTV services with warnings sent to customers to inform them, they are breaking the law.

To make this a success, time, and resources have been poured into finding the best companies to work with. And now, a Scottish tech company is driving the push to leave IPTV illegal streamers locked out and help the Premier League protect its brand.

The company, Vistalworks, has developed a cutting-edge software tool that warns users of the high-risk dangers of signing up to reduced price services that provide live streams and video on demand.

The project has been in the pipeline for some time, with the Premier League trying to clamp down on streaming services season by season.

During the 2018/19 campaign, the division blocked 210,000 live streams and over 360,000 clips of its matches.

It is now hoped that the new pop-up tools due to be implemented will deter online users from continuing to source and use high-risk streaming platforms.

Vistalworks chief executive Vicky Brock informed the Daily Record, “Lockdown has led to a rise in people accessing illicit IPTV. And we expect to see that increase further with the return of English Premier League football”.

“Our checker alerts people using sites like eBay to search for cut-price streaming products. That what they’re looking at is both dangerous and illegal”.

“IPTV sales can end up with consumers’ sensitive information being placed in the wrong hands, which in turn can lead to identity theft and fraud”.

Trading Standards have also backed the move by the Premier League, noting the steep rise in ads for streaming services during the coronavirus lockdown, with many people indoors trying to stream the return of live football.


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