The first report on the economic impact of the illegal retransmission of sports events in Hadopi (the high authority responsible for combating internet piracy) confirms the explosion of this phenomenon. According to the organization responsible for combating Internet piracy, 3.4 million Internet users have watched the games live using illegal means such as streaming or unauthorized IPTV offers. The figure is 70% higher than the average observed in 2019: 2 million “pirates”.
According to the instance, the entry of Mediapro as the main broadcaster for Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 could be one way of explaining the rapid increase in this number: “It is possible that illegal consumption of sports content will make a big difference with the arrival of this new entrant.”
The global deficit is one billion euros
For the audiovisual and sports broadcaster Hadopi, the total shortfall due to piracy is estimated at more than € 1 billion in 2019. However, the authority acknowledges its inability to accurately quantify illegal IPTV, which allows you to watch up to several thousand channels live for a few euros a month through an application or box.
The Hadopi report is being made public pending the adoption of an audiovisual bill and its measures against piracy due to the health crisis. Events eagerly awaited by sports channels and professional leagues marketing broadcasting rights.