Not surprisingly, the key motivator for consumers to pirate films and television programs is the reward of free content. But aside from the traditional reason of price, leading factors also include consumers’ desire for earlier access, a perception that “everyone is doing it” and the explosion of free content available online. This is according to PwC’s new piracy study from its US consumer research program measuring consumer attitudes towards piracy and related behaviours.
At the same time, consumers in Canada are being faced with escalating access fees and the usage based billing debate is ongoing. “Usage based billing if a reality will push consumers back to traditional and payment based methods of consuming content,” says Michael Paterson, a partner in PwC’s Canadian Entertainment & Media group.
Among key findings in the PwC study:
- 81% of the consumers who admit to pirating TV, movie and video content say they will likely continue to do so.
- 40% of those who report “pirating” content via traditional methods said they will probably also pirate on mobile devices within the next six months.
- US$3 for a movie and US$1 for a television show is the maximum amount consumers who admit to pirating are willing to pay to access content.
Combating piracy remains a struggle and a prime concern for entertainment companies – especially with the growing ease at which consumers can now access a variety of content on multiple platforms at their fingertips. Given the proliferation of smart phones, consumers are increasingly using their mobile devices to access the Internet—on average, 35 times per week.
“Mobile piracy is poised to escalate with the proliferation of smartphones, says Paterson. “This will need to be addressed in anti-piracy efforts. There is some good news in sight as consumers expressed concern about potential piracy pitfalls, including poor quality of some content and the possibility of downloading a virus or facing legal trouble.”
Please contact Kiran Chauhan, (416) 947-8983, [email protected] or David Rowney, (416) 365-8858, [email protected] for more information. The full report including detailed findings from the report “The Speed of Life: Discovering Behaviours and Attitudes Related to Pirating Content,” (http://www.pwc.com/us/en/industry/entertainment-media/assets/piracy-survey-summary-report-0111.pdf) are also available from the media contacts.
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