Criminals Gain as 339 Illegal Streams Detected for Joshua vs. Parker


As Anthony Joshua defeated Joseph Parker on Saturday night to now hold the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO Heavyweight titles, Irdeto identified 339 streams that illegally redistributed the fight. Many of these lower quality, illegal streams put consumers at risk of a poor viewing experience and missing key moments during the fight as they are detected, taken down or drop out.

As with previous world title boxing matches, more can still be done to stop pirates illegally distributing live sporting events. Streaming capabilities on social media were again found to have been a major vehicle for illegal streams, with 207 pirate streams detected using multiple social media channels, including Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and Twitch, reaching approximately 225,804 viewers.

Pirates also took advantage of illicit streaming plugins for Kodi, the popular media player, with 71 streams identified on this platform. This new data from Irdeto demonstrates that the tools are available for content owners and rights holders to track and combat harmful digital piracy, particularly around live sporting events.

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