According to data collected by cybersecurity firm Irdeto, a total of illegal streams were found to have redistributed the boxing match this past weekend, reaching nearly three million viewers. Advertisement Advertisement Of the illegal streams, 67 were on traditional pirate streaming websites, were found on social media platforms including Facebook and Youtube, said Irdeto in a news release on Monday Aug
In a lawsuit filed in California, the TV network demands that 40 sites are subjected to a pre-emptive injunction, forbidding them from streaming the event.
Fight fans attending the much-hyped and highly-anticipated boxing match will have a chance to rub shoulders with the stars in Las Vegas - but it won't come cheap.
Of course, not everyone will be handing over cash to watch the event officially on Sky or Showtime.
Large numbers of viewers will turn to the many hundreds of websites set to stream the fight for free online, which has the potential to reduce revenues for all involved.
With that in mind, Showtime Networks has filed a lawsuit in California which attempts to pre-emptively tackle this piracy threat, reports TorentFreak.
The suit targets a number of John Does said to be behind a network of dozens of sites planning to stream the fight online for free.
US ccTLD domain name. None of the sites are currently carrying links to the fight, because the fight is yet to happen. Nevertheless, Showtime is convinced that come fight night, all of the target websites will be populated with pirate links, accessible for free.
Showtime previously applied for and obtained a similar injunction to cover the Mayweather v Pacquiao fight in In that case, websites were ordered to be taken down on the day before the fight.