This headline could be a regular sight this season. As more Kodi Box arrests are made, discover why this is happening and what you can do to avoid it.
The Premier League have obtained a new High Court Order which now puts the onus on the Internet Service Providers (ISP) to block any illegal streams.
How do they know?
Each time you access a stream online it leaves a footprint of the URL, or server name. If this server is flagged as hosting illegal content, your ISP in the UK will block it.
This is Law now. They have no option but to comply with this court order. If they are found to be ignoring it, they could be prosecuted.
Is it only the UK that is affected?
Yes and No. I think they can only legally enforce the court order with UK ISPs but other countries may decide to jump on the bandwagon.
It’s already happened in Thailand with Thai Expat TV. Three Brits and a Thai were arrested for distributing IPTV services which showed Premier League games in the UK.
Their servers and computers were seized and they will be prosecuted for selling on content that is subject to copyright.
The Express Newspaper reports on this Court Order game changer and how the Premier League are trying to protect the copyright and their financial interests.
Online Premier League streams BLOCKED, as Kodi Box arrests are made in UK
The Premier League is working hard to protect the £5.1 billion broadcasting rights paid by Sky and BT Sport.
Both broadcasters offer a comprehensive number of packages for fans looking to watch matches online or on TV.
Director of legal services for the Premier League, Kevin Plumb said: “This blocking order is a game-changer in our efforts to tackle the supply and use of illicit streams of our content.
“It will allow us to quickly and effectively block and disrupt the illegal broadcast of Premier League football via any means, including so called ‘pre-loaded Kodi boxes’.
“The protection of our copyright, and the investment made by our broadcast partners, is hugely important to the Premier League and the future health of English football.”
How Can You Avoid Arrest?
Quite simply, the only way to avoid prosecution is by using a VPN for Kodi. Firstly, I am not condoning the use of illegal activity but if you are a Kodi user, you may not know what is legal and what isn’t.
These streams are accessed from several Add-ons which don’t include 100% of illegal streams. Maybe you access an add-on to watch other content and it includes streams that are deemed illegal.
Nah – They Won’t Catch Me!
I used to think like this until I started researching TV products and doing research for this website. It was this research that led me to discover how unsafe you are online.
The Investigatory Powers Bill 2016 (otherwise known as The Snoopers’ Charter) was first initiated by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary.
It gives the government ridiculous surveillance powers and allows them to pass your private information between 50 different agencies and departments.
They are even entitled to hack into your PC or laptop when you are connected to the internet whether you are using a Kodi Box or other device.
What Does a VPN do?
A VPN will mask your IP address and allow you to surf anonymously. This also covers everything you do online.
A Free VPN may work temporarily but they are not good at getting past the internet police. This is due to lack of servers.
Obviously, since it is free they don’t invest a lot in these so you are not getting a high end product. Most of the free VPNs also have limited bandwidth which would disappear pretty rapid if you are streaming online.
Using a VPN for Kodi
It’s super easy using a VPN with Kodi now. You download the app from the Play Store. Once it is installed you add your registration details and connect to a country server.
Once you are connected, anything you access is hidden from the prying eyes of your ISP. This information is protected by what’s called the VPN tunnel.
This is where your information gets encrypted.
Which VPN is Best for Kodi?
There are many to choose from but there’s a few things that I call pre-requisites. If the VPN provider doesn’t comply with these, it’s best to steer clear.
- No Data Log Retention
- 256-bit Encryption
- Online Customer Service
- Multiple Devices (5 minimum)
Some VPN companies will retain your data for their own use so it’s important to find one that doesn’t. The last thing you want is your online history lying around on a server which could end up in the wrong hands.
I use PureVPN and they have over 1 million customers Worldwide. They have servers in over 141 countries and meet all of my pre-requisites above.
They are also very affordable and you won’t be breaking the bank if you sign up with them for 2 years.
Their prices do fluctuate with different promotions so it’s worth checking the price first. At the time of writing their best plan is $3.25 / month.
Compare that to ExpressVPN who offer a similar service for $8.32 / month. So, for the price of a cup of coffee you can have peace of mind.
Alternatives to Kodi Boxes
If you are looking for some options, these alternatives will help you replace Kodi.
1) An IPTV subscription for Sports outside of the UK
There is more information on my other article which explains how to get this IPTV service and the different pricing plans that are available.
However, if you want to use it with a MAG TV Box, it is only available outside of the UK.
2) Mobdro Free TV App
Mobdro is another way to watch Free TV channels but it will also access similar servers to Kodi so please keep this in mind.
You can also use a VPN with Mobdro in a similar fashion to Kodi boxes. Once you are connected you will be protected.
These Kodi Box Arrests will continue but I feel that the authorities may take a different stance further down the line.
They won’t be able to completely eradicate all of these streams and I fear that they may start turning their attention to Joe Public. They could make an example of a few people to scare the population. Don’t let it be you!