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IPTV: 12 pirate sites closed in France, Roland-Garros wins the first set

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Since last Sunday, the Roland-Garros tournament has been launched in Paris. And all those who want to follow this event using pirate sites will find their task complicated by an order from the Paris judicial court issued on May 16, reports the site l'Informé. As a reminder, the competition is broadcast free of charge on France Télévisions and paid for on Amazon Prime Video.

A very effective method

The French Tennis Federation (FFT) has indeed requested and obtained the blocking of several streaming and IPTV which illegally broadcast tennis matches. French internet service providers, Bouygues Télécom, Free, SFR, and Orange are therefore obliged to act.

The sites affected are: livetv.sx, tennistream.com, crichd.com, sportshub.stream, viprow.nu, buffstream.sx, buffsports.me, batman-stream.live and jokerguide.com. The list is extended by three IPTV platforms: bobres.net, iceflashott.com and king-iptv.org.

To win its case, the FFT led its boat well. As our colleagues explain, she notably had a bailiff note that the portals in question were illegally broadcasting tennis. For example, in November 2023, a match from the Rolex Paris Master 2023 tournament between Grigor Dimitrov and Stéfanos Tsitsipás was broadcast on livetv.sx.

The same process was used for each of the sites in question. Enough to convince the Parisian court which ordered these blockages on the basis of article L333-10 of the Sports Code.

The celebrations don’t stop there for the FFT. Indeed, under French law, the order allows Arcom to enrich this blacklist with new pirate sites which have not yet been spotted and to impose new blocks on ISPs. In short, the procedure is greatly simplified to operate much more quickly than in the past.

Blocks are increasing

As a reminder, this is not the first time that rights holders have obtained blocking before or during a prestigious competition. We remember in particular another order from the Paris judicial court which ordered the blocking of 56 pirate sites (IPTV and streaming) at the request of beIN.

The Qatari channel noted that these portals broadcast European matches as well as the CAN, for which it holds the rights. We invite you to reread our article on this subject here.

What you need to remember:

  • The FFT obtained the blocking of 12 pirate sites ahead of Roland-Garros
  • These latter had been spotted months before
  • The list could soon be extended further if Arcom decides

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116