Whilst many people are watching the Euro 2016 football competition direct from the broadcasters (via terrestrial, satellite or web player), some are watching via a third party internet stream.
One of the more popular ones being used, particularly by expats in fringe satellite reception areas, is called filmon. It streams the main UK TV channels (and a few others)…
Now picture quality can vary, and when the football has been on, their streaming has been suffering a lot of buffering.
But in the past few days, filmon are now only showing a “test card” during the Euro 2016 football matches, referring to “black out restrictions”.
Presumably these restrictions have come from UEFA, the Euro 2016 governing body, acting on behalf of the many broadcasters that have paid millions for the right for their channels to show these matches. Blocking this free streaming service, which is able to be access by anyone in any country, then the broadcasters who have paid for the rights in those countries will be more happy (more viewers, more advertising revenue, or more subscribers).
The same occurred during the 2014 World Cup, where FIFA requested match coverage on filmon was blocked.
However, in Spain, only half of the Euro 2016 matches will be shown live on free TV. A package of 28 matches was not bought by any Spanish broadcaster. This has meant that in Spain, if you want to view these matches you had to find alternate means to do so. One of those means was by the UEFA website, which would stream those 28 matches only for Spanish IP addresses.
But one question about this blocking of Euro 2016 matches on filmon is, if UEFA an FIFA can force filmon not to show content, why can’t broadcasters like BBC and ITV not force their content to be blocked on filmon?