Piracy sites help Netflix to decide what shows to purchase

By David Tom
Sep 16, 2013
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  1. Netflix has begun its official rollout in the Netherlands. The company’s primary goal is to amass a substantial user base, similar to what it has in the United States. As a result, the Netflix team needs to assess what its viewers...

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  2. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 782   +85

    50% drop? Wow.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,884   +606

    This idea is based on the assumption that Netflix and piracy are of equal enjoyment to the user. For many, a pirated show must be watched on the computer, whereas Netflix can come through the Blu-ray on the TV. It's also a lot easier to click and watch rather than wait for a download from a site.

    The problem Netflix has however is how long it takes for new shows to become available. Piracy will always have the upper hand if you're watching a current show.
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,362   +260

    This is the cleverest thing a streaming company has done.
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  5. Is it free? Because if its not torents always win. Not to mention they have streaming options and they even work most of the time.
  6. insect

    insect TechSpot Booster Posts: 143   +28

    What? Really? Maybe for your grandma. Sorry, but a few key commands and clicks later about ~20 min/2 GB on a download and I have whatever I wanted. It's easier than using your crummy search box and waiting for buffers/whatever cause of high demand. Oh, and it's mostly free (I pay for the internet connection which I would have regardless of piracy). Also, as Mike said - Instantly available (even before Blu-ray release because of leaked copies from the factories). If you must have it even more instantly, cam-versions are also available (although most are crap).

    And as Mike also said, while most have to watch on PC, some of us have media-PCs setup for this reason. Blu-Ray/DVD/Game consoles always out of date and have to upgraded. One good media PC and you're set for all formats forever - so long as you have the latest codecs/VLC player.

    Rather spend my money on the best sound/picture/theater than on a format that will be obsolete in a decade.
  7. AccordXTC

    AccordXTC Newcomer, in training

    Really insect lol its breaking the law is the part you missed out on vs Netflix. I was thinking with your thought on this maybe I shouldn't work a 9-5 job rather rob banks because hey its easier that way and I'm set for life.

    The point to the story is how they get new content and its legal.

    Oh and the thought of a HTPC, you don't think they get out of date as things move on.
  8. insect

    insect TechSpot Booster Posts: 143   +28

    Yes, there is that I suppose. And for good movies, I do pay to see them in theaters which beat my home theater still (bigger screen/sound). I generally see on average, one movie a month and pirate one a month. I wont even pirate really bad ones, just ones that I thought I might be interested in, but don't want to spend a minimum of $12 on. Even Netflix at $8/month isn't cheap enough for be worth it, because as I said... only about one a month worth seeing. I had Netflix, cancelled because I didn't use it enough.

    As for your bank robbing analogy... It's all about risk vs reward. Piracy = little to no risk (with proper proxies) = little reward (~2 hrs of mind-numbing media goodness). If there were no risk in robbing a bank also, then yea, I probably would instead of working.
  9. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 902   +71

    I've never had a problem with Netflix. It works great on my ipad, PS3, computers. Never had image quality issues or streaming / buffering issues. It has been as reliable as sunshine.
  10. JC713

    JC713 TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 6,088   +723

    This doesnt surprise me haha. Ever since Netflix hiked up its prices, it has become less attractive to many.
  11. Lateralus462

    Lateralus462 Newcomer, in training

    My PC is around 8 years old and I have no problems streaming content from my computer to my television. A far cry from forever, but I'm sure he was exaggerating his point slightly. Also, lets not use the analogy of robbing a bank to online pirating as they are completely different. That in no way means online piracy is necessarily OK, simply that with piracy, no tangible object is being removed from someones possession.


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