Where to watch Mayweather vs. The live stream of the match had official streams, but they were geo-locked. That meant if you were traveling outside of your home country you needed to use a VPN to obtain an IP address for that country. A VPN, or virtual private network, encrypts your internet traffic and routes it through a server in a location of your choosing. In this case, you can route that traffic through the appropriate country to bypass geographic licensing restrictions on Mayweather versus MacGregor.
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Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Demand for pirate streams of sporting events shows no sign of abating, after new data revealed that nearly 3 million people watched the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor boxing match illegally.
Online security firm Irdeto identified streams in total that illegally redistributed the Mayweather vs McGregor fight.
These streams are estimated to have reached approximately 2,, viewers. Of the streams identified, 67 were provided via traditional pirate streaming websites, were available on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and Twitch, and 6 were available via illicit streaming plugins for the popular media player platform Kodi.
Image: USA Today Sports Kodi Premier League streams BLOCKED as season kicks off - leaving would-be pirates with blank screens The company claims to have seen an increase in pirates creating professional websites, technology and services, fooling some consumers into thinking they are accessing a legal service.
In just one day in the week leading up to the bout, Irdeto identified 42 advertisements for illicit streaming devices offering Mayweather vs McGregor on e-commerce websites, including Amazon, eBay and Alibaba. This clearly points to how business-savvy pirates have become, creating a formidable foe for legitimate service providers, according to Irdeto.
It has been suggested that the code, around 20 to 23 digits long, was the Sky TV customer ID of the subscriber who had paid to watch the fight. Sky TV could then monitor the illegal streams and work out which customers were illegally rebroadcasting their footage online.
Sky has not commented on the reports, but this is an industry-standard technique for combating piracy. For any big event like this, the host broadcaster will usually have staff working on the night, looking for pirate streams and taking them down.
This doesn't just include Kodi, but other platforms like Mobdro as well.
Some services like Netflix and Amazon are providing viewers with reliable alternatives to piracy, but they also produce quality content that can be replicated illegally. Like us on Facebook.