Since Netflix reached Australia, we’re pirating less
Who needs the hassle of torrenting if you can watch something via streaming?
The number of Australians who regularly pirate movies and TV shows has dropped substantially since the introduction of streaming video on demand services, a new survey by consumer advocate Choice suggests.
The percentage of Aussies who use a subscription service has risen from 46% to 59% over the past 12 months. Of those, 55% say that they subscribe to an "Australian" service, though it would appear that Netflix, which launched here in February 2015, is included in that list, which confuses the issue a little.
|Survey question||2014 results||2015 results|
|Never download or stream pirated movies or TV shows||67%||70%|
|Have pirated content||33%||30%|
|Regularly (at least monthly) pirate content||23%||17%|
|Use pay per view or subscription services||46%||59%|
|Subscribe to Australian services||36%||55%|
|Subscribe to geoblocked services||8%||10%|
Interestingly, the number of people who subscribe to geoblocked services has also risen, from 8% to 10%. Clearly, once people are exposed to Netflix, many realise that the US service has more shows and sign up for a VPN.