As the football world gears up for the showdown between Liverpool and Real Madrid in this weekend’s UEFA Champions League Final, data from Irdeto reveals that a total of 5,100 unique illegal streams were detected redistributing games over the internet during this year’s Champions League knockout stages. Of this total, 2,093 streams were detected across social media channels including Periscope, Facebook and Twitch and are estimated to have reached 4,893,902 viewers.
These viewing figures combined with the number of UEFA Champions League streams detected across a variety of channels suggests that more needs to be done to stop the illegal distribution of high profile live European football matches.
Web-based streams continue to be the main vehicle for illegal distribution of these matches with 2,121 web-based streams detected (of the total 5,100 streams). However, this was closely followed by social media, where potential advertising revenue drives criminals to illegally stream premium sports.
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