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Kodi warning as major new streaming block set to come in to force today

KODI users who attempt to stream Premier League football could find it much harder from today as new block comes into force.

Kodi users who attempt to access illegal streams could find it much harder from today.

A new ‘super block’ looks set to come into force which means any Premier League action broadcast across the web without permission can be instantly stopped.

These shutdowns aren’t anything new with the Premier League attempting to stop fans watching games illegally for a number of years.

However, the 2019 season could be the most strict yet with TorrentFreak reporting that a fresh blocking order has been gained from the High Court.

Although not confirmed, it seems that the Premier League will be doing all they can to get fans to switch to legal methods to get their fix of football.

Speaking at the Westminster Media Forum, William Bush, Executive Director of the Premier League, said: “Super Block … is proving an increasingly efficient way of blocking illegal streams at the server level.

“Piracy can be done and gone before large, slow-moving bureaucracies like the tech giants have bothered to do anything about it.

“With Super Block, we can move really quickly, and the good thing about that is just the risk of disruption of the feed means that consumers will tend to go to a legal offering if they can get it.

“Because if there’s a 15-20-30-40-50 per cent risk that the match is going to go down, then they’re going to be hacked off about it.”

It was recently confirmed that the Premier League managed to block over 200,000 streams during the 2018-2019 season which is considerably more than was stopped in the previous year.

Along with the Premier League enforcing this new ban, it seems many ISPs will also be forced to stop customers tuning into games for free.

TorrentFreak has also 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 latest ban comes as Kodi continues to distance itself from those who use the fully legal player to watch content without permission.

In fact, in a recent post on its website, Kodi alerted users to the danger of watching content online 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.”

This alert has been pushed out due to the increase in illegal streamers finding they’ve been attacked by cyber criminals.

According to a Digital Citizens research survey of 2,073 Americans, 13 per cent reported that they have a device that offers pirated content in their home.

As part of its research survey, Digital Citizens asked Americans if they’ve had a problem with malware in the last 18 months.

Of those who said they didn’t have a piracy device in their home, just seven per cent reported an issue with malware.

Of those who said they did have a piracy device in their home, 44 per cent reported an issue with malware.

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