Wiziwig forums is an online forum for people who love to watch live sports and for those who like to stream live sports online. You may not recognize the name, but Wiziwig was formerly known as MyP2P.eu and had run the MyP2P forum for a number of years until a dispute arose and they were forced to change their domain names. They rebranded last year as Wiziwig though the look of the site and the forum are still as they were back in the MyP2P days.
How Does Wiwizig Forums Work?
Wiziwig works on the principle that people share. The forums are filled with people who enjoy watching sports and in order to do so they must all share with each other. A moderator will begin a thread, as an example, Football for October 1st, and he will ask people who are streaming football games that day or for people who know where there will be football streams that day to contact him and inform him of the streams. He then verifies that the stream is credible and he creates a consolidated list of all the football games that day and the links that direct people on where to go to watch the games. The links can be for a website, or a link to be used within an application like Streamtorrent or Sopcast.
Do All the Links Work?
No, all the links do not always work, but surprisingly a majority of them do work. A stream may go down during the game if the site it is streamed on receives a DMCA takedown notice. Also, the person streaming the game may run into technical difficulties. And there are always people who try to do a fake out, where they say they are streaming a game but when you get there all you see are ads. They are trying to get traffic to their page and hope that some of that traffic will click an ad. Wiziwig does a pretty good job of finding these tricky people and removing them from their forum.
Are People Allowed to Stream Games?
There is no universal law concerning the streaming of games. The United States aggressively combats this and you can get in trouble for streaming sporting events online. They have even started to go after sites that link to the streams even though they aren’t streaming anything themselves. They call this contributory copyright infringement though some people argue that they are effectively surpressing free speech. If I verbally communicate to someone that they can watch a football game at a certain web address do I run the risk of being arrested? It seems highly unlikely though they are doing just that to sites who post the links online. There are some countries, like Spain, whose high court ruled that sharing links to sporting events is legal and ok to do. You should check your local laws to see what they are before you decide to broadcast or link to broadcasts online.
Does Wiziwig Have Links to Every Game?
Of course not, it would be nearly impossible to have this though they are very impressive in the number of games they provide links to. While it is not nearly every game it is usually greater than half the games and closer to the 75%-85% range of games that are covered, especially during football season.