Netflix And Pals Beating Pirates
Online piracy of TV shows, movies, music, and games is on the wane in Australia – thanks, it seems to the rise of low-cost monthly streaming services such as Netflix and Stan.
A new Consumer Survey on Online Copyright Infringement, conducted for the federal Department of Communications, showed that downloaders of unlawful content actually spent more money than people who bought their content legally.
The percentage of people downloading content illegally fell from 43 percent to 39 percent over the year, while those who streamed content legally rose from 54 to 57 percent. The numbers streaming TV shows rose from 34 to 38 percent; those streaming movies rose from 25 to 29pc; while those streaming music fell from 29 percent to 26 percent.
Illegally downloaded movies dropped from 18 to 16 percent; music dropped from 29 to 26 percent; and TV from 19 to 17 percent, the survey found.