the feds shut down 16 streaming sites.
OT - streaming games just got more difficult
Well, now it's getting more annoying that I can't legally get BTN2go.
That includes firstrowsports too!
Shit, I loved that site
Instead of firstrowsports.tv, which was banned, use firstrowsports.eu <-- new domain!
They did this to adhte.tv or whatever that one was last year right before the Super Bowl as well. Adhte was back up via direct IP within a few hours but eventually firstrowsports eclipse it. If they somehow get the .eu link, it will just pop back up. Just Google for it.
That site would send my work computer's anti virus into a frenzy.
I was in a frenzy to watch a Lions game this past fall and in an act of desperation went to that site. I should've worn a condom for protection. My computer and web browser had so much crap loaded onto it by the time I got the write plug-in working. I was madly pressing any "agree" and "OK" button in order to watch the game that I'm not sure what I was doing. Hilarious in hindsight, although I'm still trying to uninstall browser toolbars to this date. Not a fan of this site.
You may have just saved my life haha
I would hate to imagine the profits the Super Bowl loses from these streaming websites. I'll sleep better knowing that justice is served.
Hey! That's the same logic I use when I shoplift!
"Investigators seized 16 sites and brought criminal charges against a Michigan man who controlled nine of them."
Oh no! He's giving us a bad name!
It appears firstrowsports.tv was registered via a US company. What a dummy. Register all such sites with a company that isn't subject to US court orders.
It looks like it is still up.
I've said it a million times...
You are not bigger than wrestling.
for all of us!
I can see watching games on a streaming site if they are blacked out on a pay package, but what the hell is the point of watching a game on a streaming service when you can get it for free in HD?
I haven't had cable for 4 years, thanks to the rise of ESPN3. So streaming is useful if for some reason I want to see some NFL action. I'm too lazy to go rig up a pair of bunny ears to feed into my giant monitor, so I just stream it.
My parents actually no longer get ABC ever since broadcast TV went digital (the digital signal has less range and they live in the sticks) so I taught them how to stream for CFB. I just fail to get how someone can broadcast for free over the airwaves but refuse to set up a freaking stream. At least NBC gets it with Sunday Night Football.
NFL is one of the greediest corporation when it comes to stuff like this.
You can't even say the word "Super Bowl" on the radio if you are trying to promote something. You have to call it the "big game" or something else.
The NFL was strongly for the whole SOPA/PIPA bill.
I also think their blackout rule is the epitome of greed and spite.
I fail to see how my watching a soccer game on a streaming site (which I could not physically get access to anywhere else even if I'm willing to pay) impacts the media conglomerate with the rights to that game in any way whatsoever.
I try to watch everything "legally" and will pay if it is available. When companies make it impossible for me to give them money, I say eff it and stream whatever I wanted to watch.
I will admit that I have premium digital and some of the sports packages because I do try to play by the book if I can, but for some games, I still have relied on streaming, or if I wanted to check up on other games while watching another, I have relied on it. Seriously, most polls in the US show football as the #1 sport, and yet, if there is any league that is good at finding ways of jilting fans who don't always have unfettered access to things, it is the NFL.
I'd like to see the sports leagues' and broadcasters' work on how much money they're losing (yeah, I'm not holding my breath). I figure they're losing some money, which may still be a significant amount, but not as much as they claim.
Imagine if the content providers joined the information age and instead of spending money on lawyers, put it towards a robust digital distribution system with reasonable - not overpriced - rates for access (cold day in hell, pigs flying, etc.). Maybe they'd see a net gain.
It will not be more difficult to stream games. The government could do this evey day and never stop new streams from popping up. Internet policing of copyright infringement is an exercise in futility..... quite like the drug war.
While music piracy is still an issue, it nothing like it was pre-itunes when literally everyone was doing it. They just need to come up with more delivery systems like ESPN3 and BTN2GO so people aren't driven to streaming sites.
Giving up on copyright enforcement is idiotic and would simply lead to less televised sports. If these companies don't make enough cash to justify televising games, they simply won't be televised
God bless you Tom Brady!
Wait, does this mean I can't use Napster anymore?
Blocking viewing of games in your market in stadiums funded by your tax dollars is one of the dumbest things in all of sports.