Is Netflix Helping to Curb Piracy?

Friday, Apr 29, 2011  |  Updated 11:43 AM PDT
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Is Netflix Helping to Curb Piracy?

Netflix is wildly popular but is it doing its part to combat Internet piracy?

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Netflix is insanely popular, with up to 40 percent of US bandwidth being sucked up by it most evenings. But is it curbing piracy?

While Netflix's bandwidth usage has skyrockets, P2P bandwidth, such as Bittorrent, has increased as well, albeit not as much. It's nowhere near as popular a way of getting video as Netflix.

Really, what appears to be keeping piracy alive is Netflix's limited selection. If people find what they want on the service, they're happy to pay and watch it legally. But if it's not, the next most popular option is often the less-than-legal one. Which puts the blame for piracy squarely on the shoulders of the studios who are keeping their content out of legit streaming channels such as Netflix.

TorrentFreak via Wired

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