Illegal Premier League match streams to be shut down by ‘Super Block’ this season

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The Premier League’s so-called “Super Block” has reportedly been renewed for the 2019/20 season.

And it is said to be more effective at shutting down live streams than ever before.

The “Super Block” is a High Court blocking order that forces major Internet Service providers (ISP) to shut down internet servers hosting illegal live streams.

Previously, ISPs targeted individual websites hosting streams, making blocking campaigns slow and inefficient.

But under the new rules, enforcers are now reportedly closing down 200,000 streams a season.

The Super Block was first used in the 2017/18 season, and has been renewed every year since.

The Premier League has not officially announced a renewal for the 2019/20 season, but TorrentFreak claims the High Court renewed the injunction on July 15.

William Bush, executive director of the Premier League, was quoted by The Sun as saying at a forum earlier this month: “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 15-50% risk that the match is going to go down, then they’re going to be hacked off about it.”

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