BitTorrent activity drops in markets where Netflix is available

By Jos · 15 replies
May 3, 2013
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  1. The best way to combat piracy isn’t legislatively or criminally, but by coming up with an alternative that makes it easy to consume the content at a fair price. That according to Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos, who says...

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  2. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,325   +1,427

    This just goes to show you that offering content at a reasonable price is the key to reducing piracy.
  3. cuerdc

    cuerdc TS Enthusiast Posts: 88   +10

    Yep just need to rid the region locking offer one huge database globally
  4. freythman

    freythman TS Booster Posts: 113   +10

    And here I was, all these years, thinking it was DRM that would eliminate piracy.
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  5. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    Netflix streaming service must be profitable, even at $7.99 per month. And they have a large amount of content. It just surprises me that others don't jump on their service and reap some of that profit. Wouldn't that be better than all their million dollar lawyers lobbying for anti-piracy, and these law suits to the average Joe's of the world for a grand sum that they could never recover?
  6. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,325   +1,427

    EDIT: wow, I really screwed that post up, hope you understand what I was saying
  7. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 609   +109

    "Netflix?s chief content officer has a novel way to combat online piracy: give people easy and affordable ways to access content"

    Well, duh! People don't pirate for the sake of pirating - they do it because it's the easiest, more affordable means available to them. Give them something easier and affordable and of course they are going to stop.
  8. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    I wonder how long before services like Netflix start charging much much more...
  9. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 511   +152

    I wonder how long before greedy content owners start charging netflix much much more...
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  10. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,475   +126

    They did try charging $16.99 Netflix profits had dropped. They just need to stick with the $7.99 deal. Current Movies needs to be put on Netflix also some are showing up and never made it to the movies or DVDs. Best they do that, as the cost to go see these movies or out the door. At the iPic you pay $18 per person, you do get VIP treatment in the Theater, lazy boy reclining chairs with pillows and blankets, also full meal with wine or beer at extra cost. More of Movie and Dinning Experience. Then 3D iMax Theaters popping up all over the place.
  11. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 782   +235

    To be honest, this makes a lot of sense to me. Netflix at it's current price is so reasonable it's pointless to pirate any movies or shows if they're available to be streamed legally. I must say though, when I was a torrenter it was hardly movies and mostly games. Fortunately I became employed and enjoy the multiplayer options on Steam.
  12. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    Make it dirt cheap and region free and the people will come.
  13. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    They already started last year, the amount they charged Netflix to renew the license was an insane jump, so much so that Netflix had to raise it's prices to compensate for it. That is probably part of the reason that Netflix started making it's own original content.
  14. Ranger12

    Ranger12 TS Evangelist Posts: 621   +122

    The original quote is, "The best way to combat piracy isn’t legislatively or criminally but by giving good options." Which is much better than "fair prices". The word "fair" has been so abused and misused it's a shame. It's really unfortunate that his quote was misconstrued that way.
  15. pieceofSchmitt

    pieceofSchmitt TS Rookie

    I believe it, mines gone down drastically with spotify and netflix.
  16. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    True, although their selection is still a little limited. I expect in the future we may see tiered subscription levels where a few more bucks a month gets you newer shows. For example, putting Game of Thrones season 1 and 2 on Netflix right now could make HBO good money on licensing, it wouldn't cut down on the piracy for season 3 (might actually make it worse), but they'd be getting something from fans who don't have HBO and right now they're not getting anything.

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