THE PREMIER LEAGUE have launched a crackdown on illegal streaming services and IPTV ahead of the new season.
England’s top flight aims to put a stop to ALL illegal online match viewing in a bitter blow to freeloading armchair fans everywhere.
The Prem have thrown money at the problem in a bid to finally quash the money sapping issue.
And Scottish tech firm Visualworks have developed cutting edge software to help them in their fight, according to the Daily Record.
The tool will warn users of the dangers of signing up to free or low price IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) services.
Recent figures from The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) show the Prem blocked 210,000 live streams during the 2018-19 season and more than 360,000 illegal match clips.
And it is now hoped the strong stance and clear warning about using such high-risk services will deter those who do.
Vistalworks chief executive Vicky Brock said: “Lockdown has led to a rise in people accessing illicit IPTV.
“And we expect to see that increase further with the return of the Premier League.
“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.
“And piracy is not a victimless crime.
“By purchasing these illegal services people aren’t just putting themselves at risk, they’re potentially bankrolling the criminal lifestyle of major international gangs.”
Trading standards have also backed the move.
Elsewhere, Prem clubs are facing a £1.25BILLION black hole after the latest Government clampdown added to their financial woes.