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LaLiga And Movistar Will Block IPTV Pirates, No Legal Proceedings Needed TechTribune France

Spain’s top-flight LaLiga football league is a corporate giant.

In the 2020/21 season, LaLiga clubs made revenues of nearly €3.2 billion and with the help of LaLiga’s own anti-piracy division, the football group only wants to see this augmentation.

Owned by Telefónica, one of the largest telecommunications and Internet companies in the world, Movistar Plus+ is the largest TV subscription platform in Spain. Thanks to sports streamer DAZN, Movistar Plus+ has secured a distribution deal to show LaLiga matches until 2027, and everyone would rather LaLiga fans pay for their content, not pirate it.



LaLiga and Movistar have previously made separate efforts to curb piracy by cracking down on popular sports streaming site RojaDirecta and teaming up with law enforcement to root out pirate IPTV providers. Behind the scenes, however, one of the main goals is to increase and improve ISP blocking.

LaLiga and Movistar Plus+ gain improved blocking powers

In an announcement on Thursday, Telefónica revealed that subsidiary Movistar Plus+ and LaLiga emerged with a joint victory following a lawsuit heard in Commercial Court No.9 in Barcelona.

The court heard that ISPs’ accumulated blocking powers are necessary to protect companies’ rights. Due to the fluid nature of pirate IPTV and other streaming services, it is no longer enough to block domain names and IP addresses in the hope that they will remain the same over time.

Instead, ISP blocking needs to be more nimble – more dynamic – and this cannot be achieved with endlessly recurring visits to the court to obtain authorization. The Court accepted and, on July 25, issued a decision that will allow LaLiga and Movistar Plus + to respond in a much faster way.

Once new URLs, domains and IP addresses of hacker services are identified as infringing business rights, blocking of these will take place on a weekly basis, without the need to identify the court at the advance. The new arrangement follows in the footsteps of previous blocking orders won by LaLiga.

“The decision will be in effect until the 2024/2025 season and will come into effect from the week of August 8, before the start of LaLiga football on August 12,” the Telefónica statement added.

Movistar Plus + victorious in a separate trial

Given that effective blocking orders should apply to all internet service providers, it’s no surprise that Movistar Plus+ wants local ISPs on board to protect its own content. In addition to the deal with LaLiga, the subscription TV platform owns the rights to UEFA competitions and a deal-making with DAZN, Netflix, Disney+ and Prime Video, among others.

A decision handed down on July 27 by Commercial Court number 6 in Barcelona should help Movistar Plus+ achieve its goals. Valid for three sporting seasons until the end of the 2024/25 season football championships, the order enables the pay-TV platform to provide local internet service providers with updated pirate IPTV blocking instructions permanently.

“[T]The blocking must be carried out within a maximum of three hours from the notification of the new list”, explains Telefónica, adding that the list does not need to be approved by the court and covers all Movistar Plus+ content, not just football matches.

Orange España is a Spanish telecommunications company that will not hesitate to help Movistar Plus+. While competing directly with Movistar, a telecommunications company also owned by Telefónica, Orange recently struck a deal with Telefónica to provide coverage of LaLiga and UEFA matches in Spain.

What could possibly lead people to IPTV piracy?

The announcement follows a new report from Uswitch revealing that Premier League fans in the UK will have to dig deep if they want to enjoy the new season on TV. After subscribing to Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon Prime Video to access all televised matches (but not all matches played), the average cost for a fan watching all their team’s matches will be 21.93 £ per game.

“However, fans of Bournemouth, Fulham and Nottingham Forest – the three promoted teams – will pay £35.67 per game to watch their favorite club, depending on how often each team’s games are televised,” Uswitch said. . added.

For perspective, users of pirate IPTV services in the UK and Spain will likely pay less than £10/€10 per month for many thousands of channels including every match and event offered by the Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A , NHL, NBA and UFC. Plus, all the movies and TV shows, including everything Netflix, Disney+, and Prime Video have to offer.

TV sports packages are notorious for driving the adoption of cheap pirate IPTV services, so until something changes to make legal options more affordable, ISP blocking will try to frustrate fans towards legality. What blocking cannot do is put more available money in people’s pockets.

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