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Saturday December 02, 2017

Netflix Is Not Going to Kill Piracy, Research Suggests

Generally speaking, on-demand streaming services are convenient alternatives to piracy. However, millions of people stick to their old pirate habits, Netflix subscription or not: new research shows that while legal streaming services are commonly used nowadays, the limited availability of recent content and the associated price tag are serious hurdles for many pirates.

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To measure the effects of video-on-demand access on piracy, researchers monitored the legal viewing activity and BitTorrent transfers of people who received a free 45-day subscription to a premium TV and movies package, comparing it to a control group. Subscribers who received the free subscription watched more TV, but overall their torrenting habits didn’t change significantly.