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Premier League Can Block IPTV Boxes During Games, Judge Says

  • Soccer league joins U.K. internet providers to target piracy
  • IPTV, or Kodi, boxes allow TVs to stream online content
Premier League football match between West Ham United and Aston Villa at The Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, in east London on Feb. 2, 2016.
Photographer: Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images
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The English Premier League won a court order to block illegal streaming of soccer games on so-called IPTV, or Kodi, boxes.

Judge Richard Arnold approved the application Wednesday, meaning that companies including TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc and BT Group Plc can cut off illegal streaming of matches involving Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and other Premier League teams. The four internet service providers at the hearing in London didn’t oppose the order.