Foxtel Moves To Block Bootleg Livestreamers
Reports say that Foxtel will be working directly with Facebook in order to curb the use of its Facebook Live video steaming service as a tool for broadcasting live sport and entertainment events.
“This is a major problem and so we are working with Facebook to put a stop to it. We are sure the tool will do what it says, but we are not confident of it working 100 per cent because in this game we have to increasingly play catch-up with the pirates”, Foxtel chief Peter Tonagh told The Australian.
The new custom-made tools are said to have been developed after a man was caught using the service to illegally live-stream the Danny Green-Anthony Mundine fight last week.
The pay-per-view fight was sold to Foxtel users for nearly $60 million and aired on February 3.
Tonagh says the media company are working on a new tool with Facebook that will allow us to upload a large stream of our events to Facebook headquarters where it can be tracked and matched against the content being streamed by users at the time.
“If that content is matched on users’ accounts where it’s being streamed without our authorisation then Facebook will alert us and pull it down,” Tonagh says.