The Premier League has secured a court order to help tackle the Kodi epidemic.
The move aims to block Kodi set-top boxes from accessing rights-infringing video streams of football matches, giving the Premier League the means to block computer servers used to power the streams.
Previously, it was only possible to block individual video streams – meaning users could re-establish their connection through a different link.
A Premier League spokesman said: “For the first time this will enable the Premier League to disrupt and prevent the illegal streaming of our matches via IPTV, so-called Kodi, boxes.”
Fans who want to watch football on TV are being urged to subscribe to official channels, such as BT Sport and Sky.
Since it first launched back in 2003, Kodi has been shaped by some 500 developers and 200 translators. Now, the open-source media player runs on a host of different devices.
Using Kodi isn’t illegal as long the content viewed via the service has been paid for, or is free to view.
However, the problem with Kodi is that it can be used to watch content that is illegally taken from content providers like Sky Sports, Sky Cinema, Netflix, BBC Worldwide and others.