UK Saw 30% Growth In Pirated Movie DownloadsAdded: Friday, July 15th, 2011
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The UK Internet research company called Envisional confirmed that it has witnessed an increase in unauthorized film downloads by 30% within the last 5 years. It is clear that such factors as the increase of connection speeds and the development of file-sharing methods over the years were responsible for this rapid growth.
The research carried out by Envisional found that the top 5 box office films of last year have accounted for nearly 1.4 million downloads in the United Kingdom only.
Dr David Price, the researcher from Envisional, explained that the methods of piracy had become much easier, downloads had become quicker, and searching for content had also become easier. In fact, today almost anyone having Internet connection can do it.
Unsurprisingly enough, at the top of the list with the largest number of downloads (about 200,000) is well-known Avatar – a film which, nevertheless, still generated box-office revenue of nearly $170 million in the country in 2010. However, the report reveals that the increase of downloads did not just apply to films – in comparison with 2006, last year the most popular TV shows have also seen a 33% growth, which totaled to about 1.24 million downloads. Dr David Price admitted that the UK currently has a big demand for North American TV shows in particular. For example, Glee and House are the leaders of unauthorized file-sharing, and their series are downloaded heavily in the United Kingdom. By the way, I’m not sure about Glee, but House is beloved all over the world – for example, the most recent Russian survey revealed that Hugh Laurie is the most popular actor among the youth – and that’s considering that House was not even shown on TV in that country!
Meanwhile, the UK researchers say that their citizens are very eager to get the TV shows as soon as they get broadcast in the United States, but they very often have to wait for a month or two to see them legitimately in the United Kingdom. Besides, they also pointed at the need for adapting and innovating that should have come from the movie industry to make unauthorized file-sharing less attractive to people.
Dr Price suggests that the best way to challenge this is to give consumers what they want. In fact, people are ready to pay for downloads, which means that making it legitimately available would be a great step forward.
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Friday, July 15th, 2011
|posted by (2011-07-15 23:30:48)|
|"...It is clear that such factors as the increase of connection speeds and the development of file-sharing methods over the years were responsible for this rapid growth."|
WRONG...well, partly that is... the main reason is rip-off prices in cinemas, together with increased cost of living while wages stay put
|You are so right there bigcow2k! The price of the cinema now is ridiculous and cost of living is going up all the time...|
|posted by (2011-07-16 16:20:43)|
|I agree, pricing at the cinema is shocking, when my family & I go we need about £80 for the five of us, and thats us sneaking some sweets n stuff in the wife's bag! Overpriced, crap service poor quality seating ect ect. No wonder we'd rather DL a good quality movie and watch in the comfort of your own home on a 50 inch widescreen!|
|posted by (2011-07-16 23:25:46)|
|yeah to be honest, i haven't set foot in a cinema for more than 5 years already, crappy seats and expensive snacks being the main reasons.. plus i get to light a ciggie anytime at home.|
ticket prices never stay put for 2 conseq years... it goes up at least once a year.. and they have the cheek to say that the cinema trade is dying, putting the blame on consumers going for "cheaper" pirated stuffs.. what a bunch of morons.
|posted by (2011-07-16 23:28:47)|
|well the government surely has been doing a hell of a good job here..|
|posted by (2011-07-17 13:21:24)|
|for the price we pay for our cable services in the uk WHY cant we have the american channles like spke and sh1t? scandalous|
|posted by (2011-07-18 06:23:09)|
|lol DON, not only that... now they're gonna let the rest of EU get iPlayer for free whilst we pay ridiculous ££ for tv license while eu don't|
|posted by (2011-07-18 06:25:33)|
|i'd rather have it as it is now than having to pay EXTRA for US channels|
|@1 pretty much hit it dead on. i use to buy dvds a lot but got a lot of shitty movies which was a waste of money.|
|posted by (2011-07-18 20:30:38)|
|True. And those DVDs worth 15-20 quid have IMDB ratings of 5 or so||
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