The Courier-Mail

Stream­ing pulls plug on pi­rates

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NEW stream­ing ser­vices such as Net­flix may be the key to end­ing piracy through­out Aus­tralia, re­search has found.

A sur­vey of more than 1000 par­tic­i­pants by con­sumer ad­vo­cacy group Choice found Aus­tralians are sign­ing up to the stream­ing ser­vices in­stead of pi­rat­ing films and TV se­ries.

The num­ber of peo­ple regularly pi­rat­ing in Aus­tralia has dropped by a quar­ter since the launch of Net­flix, Choice found. “This proves once again that mak­ing con­tent af­ford­able and easily avail­able is the first and most ef­fec­tive tac­tic to re­duce piracy,” Choice cam­paign man­ager Erin Turner said.

In the past six months, le­gal sub­scrip­tion and pay-per-view has in­creased from 46 per cent to 59 per cent.

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