BT has confirmed that it has now blocked access to live football streaming site First Row Sports following Premier League court action.
The sports streaming site which has directed viewers to free access to live Premier League footage for years is now facing a wide-ranging block. A High Court order sought by the FA is being sent out to the UK’s biggest ISPs, BT, Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and EE.
A BT spokesperson told Recombu Digital: “As of today BT has blocked access to First Row Sports as per the terms of the court order obtained by the Premier League.”
Read Recombu Digital's guide to BT SportThis is fast work from BT. Typically, when a court order to block access to websites is received by an ISP they have 14 days to act. ISPs, keen to avoid any kind of angry backlash, often wait until the last few days before putting up blocks. When Virgin Media blocked the Pirate Bay last year, it suffered a heavy DDoS attack from internet rage mobs.
BT has a vested interest in quickly kicking this one to the kerb. Next month sees the launch of the BT Sport channels, which subscribers can also watch online through a web-based app or on their phones and tablets.
Sky, Virgin Media, TalkTalk and EE have yet to confirm whether or not they’ve received the Premier League’s court order.