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Pirate Feed of Fox Soccer Channel Creates Issues

A League logo Pirate Feed of Fox Soccer Channel Creates IssuesFox Soccer Channel is causing a bit of a stink down under, but it’s not the sports network’s fault. It seems that a web site named channelsurfing.net is playing an illegal stream of Fox Soccer Channel to viewers around the world, which has particularly upset executives in Australia.

The Age newspaper from Melbourne, Australia, is reporting that Australian soccer officials and pay TV executives failed to stop the pirate internet tranmission from showing Fox Soccer Channel’s coverage of the A-League Final between Melbourne and Adelaide. According to The Age, Fox Sports had the rights to the match. But instead of paying to watch it on Fox Digital in Australia, many soccer fans down under watched the illegal stream.

Melbourne Victory defeated Adelaide United 6-0 in the grand final.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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2 Responses to Pirate Feed of Fox Soccer Channel Creates Issues

  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes, I’m waiting for one of my favorite soccer blogs to get shut down for this very reason…who in their right mind thinks that they can really get away with it?

  2. Anonymous says:

    This was a bizarre final from what I saw. 6:0, w/ five by Archie Thompson? Wow. And he was on the roster for the Wolrd Cup but didn’t play a minute. Still, it was good to see a full house and a great atmosphere. Basically, Fred and Thompson won the game for Melbourne.

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