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Irdeto: Nearly Five Million Illegal Streamers Detected During Champions League Knockout Stages (CDSA)

Postby MrFredPFL » Thu May 24, 2018 12:36 am

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As the football world gears up for the showdown between Liverpool and Real Madrid in this weekend’s UEFA Champions League Final, data from Irdeto reveals that a total of 5,100 unique illegal streams were detected redistributing games over the internet during this year’s Champions League knockout stages. Of this total, 2,093 streams were detected across social media channels including Periscope, Facebook and Twitch and are estimated to have reached 4,893,902 viewers.

These viewing figures combined with the number of UEFA Champions League streams detected across a variety of channels suggests that more needs to be done to stop the illegal distribution of high profile live European football matches. Web-based streams continue to be the main vehicle for illegal distribution of these matches with 2,121 web-based streams detected (of the total 5,100 streams). However, this was closely followed by social media, where potential advertising revenue drives criminals to illegally stream premium sports.

While the availability of these streams may seem attractive to consumers, or even fool them into believing they’re legitimate, these illegal streams are often lower in quality and put consumers at risk of missing crucial moments from the European games as they are taken down or drop-out.

Pirates also took advantage of illicit streaming plugins for Kodi, the popular media player, with 886 streams identified on this platform. The data from Irdeto demonstrates the importance to content owners and rights holders of tracking piracy, to ensure that with a combination of state-of-the-art technology and proactive services, streams can be removed and action taken against the pirates illegally sharing this high-value content.

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