French football wants to eradicate illegal streaming of matches

Streaming, IPTV… Here is a word and an acronym which give headaches to French football, besides plagued by many other concerns. While the latter suffers from the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the lack of revenue, due to lack of public, the express disengagement of the Sino-Spanish broadcaster Mediapro brings back to the fore the issue of illegal streaming of sports matches . “Because of the Telefoot imbroglio, in France everyone is pirating football. It used to be a real problem, but it’s like they poured oil on the fire. And all the value of the championship is degraded ”, do we regret in the staff of a hexagonal diffuser

In addition to the proceedings initiated before the Paris Commercial Court and the Competition Authority by Canal + to contest the call for tenders launched by the Professional Football League (LFP) for the broadcasting of the French championship, the weight of piracy illegal encounters may have influenced this consultation declared unsuccessful on Monday 1er February.

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Calling for several years for a toughening of sanctions and an adaptation of the legislation, the rights holders could soon be heard. The parliamentary group La République en Marche (LRM) has included an article intended to “Curb illegal sports streaming” to the bill aimed at democratizing sport, tabled Tuesday, January 26. Such a measure had been promised by the Elysee to broadcasters, Canal + in mind.

An increase of 70%

According to calculations, the illicit consumption of sports programs costs between 100 and 500 million euros per year to broadcasters in France. In a study, made public in early December 2020, the High Authority for the Dissemination of Works and the Protection of Rights on the Internet (Hadopi) identified 3.4 million Internet users who watched live matches in September 2020 in using streaming (live broadcasting on the Internet), or illegal IPTV offers (pirate box allowing access to many channels). This represents an increase of 70% compared to the average observed in 2019.

“The arrival of Mediapro has contributed to the explosion of piracy”, assured Maxime Saada, the boss of Canal +, at the beginning of January in an interview with Figaro. Without targeting the soon to be ex-Ligue 1 broadcaster (Telefoot should normally stop broadcasting the championship after the 23e day disputed Wednesday February 3), the Hadopi observes that the introduction of new services “Strong variations in the illicit consumption of sports content”. A strong increase was also observed in 2018, when RMC Sport started broadcasting the Champions League – with some technical difficulties.

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