We all know the Premier League doesn’t want anybody watching its games without paying for it. This includes in pubs, highlights on You Tube and watching matches via the internet. So to nobody’s great surprise, the EPL is going to request a court order to block a website known as FirstRow.eu from showing its matches across the world.
First Row is a sports-related website located in Sweden, which broadcasts a wide variety of events and different sports live. It’s a well known site to check out football matches along with ice hockey, UFC, American football and baseball etc. The EPL is trying to force internet service providers into blocking the site before the 2013/14 season kicks off in August. However, it’s unclear if the entire site will be blocked or just the EPL contests.
If the EPL gets its way then First Row would become the first sports website to be blocked from broadcasting in Britain. Of course, the website could probably be shifted to a new domain address, but that remains to be seen. The EPL sent out a letter to all of the major internet service providers in the UK which outlined a court order if they don’t cooperate. The letter also included a June 21 deadline for any of the providers who intended to challenge a court order.
The BBC got wind of the letters and contacted the nation’s biggest service providers, but none of them would comment on it specifically. They did say that they wouldn’t voluntarily block any internet sites without a court order, but the BBC stated that none of the internet service providers would be willing to challenge a court order either.