The stream, according to a screenshot posted by English himself, reachedusers — although some commenters claim seeing up toGiven the ease by which people can livestream on Facebook now, it's likely that English isn't the only one who was able to show the match on the social network or others with livestreaming capabilities such as YouTube and Instagram. What's remarkable with English's bootlegged stream was that it amassed nearly a million viewers, which means it ran for a significant amount of time, without being taken down by the social network.
Even though there was always going to people finding a way to watch the scrap for free, it's still pretty interesting to find out just how many did. Advert Digital platform security company Irdeto has estimated that there was around three million people who streamed it illegally, refusing to pay box office prices, Forbes reports.
Credit: PA The three million watched it via streams, with of them being posted to Facebook, YouTube or other social media platforms as live feeds, whereas 67 were through regular streaming sites. Kodi, as you'd expect, had a few, with a reported total of six available as an add-on through the "illicit" streaming platform.
The Daily Mail reports that many of those streaming the fight through an unofficial source saw a watermark pop up on their feed with a random selection of letters and numbers.
That mystery code, according to TorrentFreak - an online publication dedicated to news about copyright and file-sharing - was quite possibly placed there by licensed broadcasters in order to track down pirates.
Australian Darren Sharpe received a phone call from television network Foxtel asking him to stop his bootleg broadcast. If this turns out to be the case, was it worth it? Featured Image Credit: PA.