BitTorrent is getting killed by Netflix in America

28 April 2011

Netflix-logoOver in Americaland, people are paying for Netflix subscriptions in droves. In fact, recently, Netflix nearly doubled the number of new subscribers from 1.7 to 3.3 million.

In total, there's 22.8 million people, paying to stream movies in the US.

Does this mean movie piracy is on the wane? Of course, there are still torrent sites knocking around, but it seems that Netflix have hit on a model that is superior to the illegal counterpart.

And with it doing so well, it appear that Netflix has an eye on spreading itself around the world. Like Spotify seemed to answer the need for people who wanted music online, Netflix appears to be doing the same for film.

Do you want to see it on these shores or are you happy streaming and downloading from sites that are, shall we say, residing in a legal grey area?



  • Gunn
    Id like to see a decent consolidated TV offering.
  • Joff
    It just shows that given a decent delivery medium at a reasonable cost, people will happily go down the legal route. You'll always get those that will want something for nothing, but then these people wouldn't have paid to see the film regardless. On a similar theme, I've bought more books this year through Amazon's kindle store than I have in the past five years because the delivery is convenient.
  • james d.
    This really does support the argument that the product piracy provides is in many cases (or at least has been) better than the product you can buy. I automatically download and catalog lots of HD TV shows available to me very easily through my lovely XBMC interface. No sky you can't beat that and neither can virgin.
  • The B.
    Yeah, what he said, it's a pain having to download all my favourite TV shows from MU, FS, NL, etc, I'd rather screen them straight to my TV for a monthly charge.
  • Stu_
    To use any sort of torrent facility ends up costing you something. It may be as little as a one-off fee for a decent torrent search. My personal experience, with legal torrents, is that you need someone to share it. So I would guess that if you were trying to download a documentary from 1987 about strangely shaped planets, you would be relying on that fella over in the third world country that gets his interwebz through GPRS on his mobile phone (might take a while) If you can buy a reasonably priced service whereby this is available to you instantly (and can be streamed) then you are going to pay for it!
  • Avid R.
    @ Stu_ shut the fuck-up, you don't know what you're on about. You don't have to pay to search for gay torrents.
  • Ben
    Netflix works. It's cheap ($7.99 a month, or thereabouts) and has a great base of films and shows. Sure, some aren't immediately available on demand, but it's not a lot. Most mainstream stuff is. Secondly, it streams to Wiis, XBoxes, PCs and Tablets. You can also stream TV series. And we get? Lovefilm. £15 ($21) for one movie at a time, no online-only option, and a narrower selection of titles. The model they use, slightly interestingly, is a pre-subscription explosion Netflix. Are they the same company? same parent company? If not, I'd love Netflix over here.
  • Al
    Netflix would be great over here and yes I likely would subscribe and can my Sky packages which are frankly shit. Big problem will be the usual when something crosses the pond, our American cousins think only about direct conversion between $ & £ so we'll end up getting shafted like we do with everything else. Either that or Rupert will cotton on and will try to buy his way into Netflix so his beloved BSB money doesn't start to dwindle.
  • Noghar
    I've often used torrents, though I shouldn't, since I make my living out of writing for TV and being part of a system that sidesteps paying for my work isn't exactly going to help me stay solvent. I've been moaning for years to TV companies to stop burying their heads in the sand and embrace legal streaming and make it easy for punter to pay to see programs direct (as near as dammit) from the makers. If Netflix enables that, and makes it easy to find and watch stuff you want, legally, at a reasonable price --hooray, and roll on the future. Hopefully we won't have to sit through any more of those inane patronising anti-piracy adverts that annoy the paying punters and the pirates just ignore.

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