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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