Last weekend millions of people were glued to their television to watch the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. While the event was a sporting and financial success, not everyone was willing to pay close to a hundred dollars to view it. This resulted in a surge in pirate IPTV streams on Saturday night.
Last night, during the megafight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, some fans viewing via pirate sources had additional information to digest at several points during the fight. Hardly visible during the action, what appeared to be some kind of code appeared on screen, raising suspicions that someone, somewhere, was trying to find out who was ‘stealing’ streams.
Many thousands of people without access to the Mayweather v McGregor fight tonight will download the spectacle tomorrow using BitTorrent. What many won’t know, however, is that the fight will also be streamed live using torrent technology. Unlike ordinary streams, that will groan and strain under unprecedented demand, live torrents will thrive under the pressure.
The super-fight between boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor won’t take place until August 26 but Showtime Networks is already suing to prevent piracy. In a lawsuit filed in California, the TV network demands that 40 sites are subjected to a pre-emptive injunction, forbidding them from streaming the event.