But the government plans to push ahead with measures designed to tackle illicit streaming through Android or Kodi boxes. It’s estimated that around one in four UK households aren’t paying for the content they consume.
“Illegal streaming damages our creative industries. We have always been clear that media streaming devices used to access ‘paid for’ material for free are illegal. Recent prosecutions have shown that if caught, sellers of boxes adapted in this way face fines and a prison sentence,” said minister for intellectual property, Sam Gyimah.
On Monday the government published a call for views on illicit streaming.
It also said it wants to look at administrative site blocking (as opposed to requiring a High Court injunction in every case), as well as identifying the mechanisms through which administrative site blocking could be introduced.
disruption elsewhere in the supply chain will also be investigating, working with app developers, and the effect of the new generation of smart TVs on infringement.