Yahoo Gets Rights For Online English Premier League Highlights

As I’m sure all of you know, the English Premier League kicked off this weekend, with defending champions Chelsea knocking six goals past an unfortunate West Brom. Drogba’s still got it. Wealthy-beyond-all-reason Manchester City, having spent more than £100M this summer, only managed a 0-0 draw with Tottenham. Manchester United play later today. Why should you all care? Because Yahoo, the little engine that could, now has the exclusive rights to show highlights online.

Keep in mind the highlights are only available to UK viewers; international viewers are out of luck.

Well, not entirely out of luck, but you didn’t hear that from me.

One could configure his or her browser to connect through a UK-based proxy, or, even easier, download an install the Mgeni browser in conjunction with Tor. I was able to watch BBC’s World Cup highlights show using that exact method.

The Premier League has a history of fighting to keeps its videos off the Internet. It’s a losing battle, of course, as full games are available online via BitTorrent and other means right after airing on TV.