If you’ve noticed seemingly random numbers pop up while watching the Lions tour on television, don’t be alarmed – unless you’ve been illegally streaming the action.
Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way confirmed the technique, which is one of a number of measures to deter illegal streamers, to the New Zealand Herald.
“These numbers are one method we use to detect pirated streams and where they come from,” she said.
“That is as much as I will say, as we don’t want to give our whole game away.
I’m sick of anti theft tactics by sky TV. I pay, stop flashing up random numbers 😡
Work out another way to stop it
— Kelly Hemana (@kellyhemana) June 13, 2017
” We’ve took down many YouTube and Facebook streams”.
She added: “around 10 people” were “likely to face court with the evidence we have”.