16th August 2012 12:58
Premier League and illegal streaming
Andrew Robinson commented on reports that the Premier League has 'shut down' more than 30,000 illegal internet streams of football matches last season.
"If the Premier League stubbornly refuses to sell the fans what they want, then of course fans will find a way to watch the teams they love. Instead of playing an unwinnable game of whack-a-mole with low quality streams, surely the best solution would be to simply sell the fans the coverage they so desperately want?"
"I simply don't believe the Premier League's excuse that stopping fans watching football is essential to keep up revenue. If you give a fan a choice of missing a game, or paying something to see it, isn't it blindingly obvious which one would make more money?"
"The premier league have recently lost a court case over allowing European fans access to TV coverage that British fans are denied. I hope this ruling will encourage them to stop fighting the public and start giving British fans the same chance to watch 3pm Premiership matches that fans in other countries already have."
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Pirate Party UK
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