3 million watch Mayweather vs McGregor via 239 illegal streams

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If you thought only Game of Throne can make news for piracy. Here is what happened during the 28 minute and five second duel in the ring between Floyd Mayweather and Conor Mcgregor.

There were three million viewers to illegally watch the richest ever bout in the history of combat sports on at least 239 illegal streams, pirating the pay per view Mayweather vs McGregor fight online.

Reports suggest that the online security firm Irdeto has identified at least 239 streams which illegally redistributed the Mayweather vs McGregor bout to around 29.30 lakh viewers.

The report suggest that while social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and Twich accounted for 165 illegal streams; 67 traditional pirate streaming websites were showing the action live while 6 were available via illicit streaming plugins for the popular media player platform Kodi.

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Majority of viewers deliberately went to pirates streams to avoid the £19.95 fee on Sky Sports Box Office. Many others were tricked into choosing an illegal service over a legitimate one, Irdeto suggests. Irdeto had also ditacted 42 advertisements for illicit streaming devices offering Mayweather vs McGregor on e-commerce websites, including Amazon, eBay and Alibaba.

“Live sports are a cornerstone of global piracy, with thousands of sites providing illegal content attracting millions of viewers,” said Rory O’Connor, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Services, Irdeto. “When combatting live sports piracy, speed in disrupting piracy is essential. This is especially the case with premium events like this past weekend’s Mayweather vs McGregor boxing match.”

A report by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO) estimates that 15% of UK internet users – approximately 7 million people – stream or download material that infringes copyright. Streaming boxes that can be easily adapted to illegally stream premium TV content such as sports are now used by 13% of online infringers.