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Report: Aussies spend $257m in movie & TV downloads

Fixed Broadband customers who buy Movie or TV downloads in a three month period

Australians are willing to pay for movie and TV downloads legally, to the tune of an estimated $257m over a 12 month period, according to new research.

With Australian ISPs now blocking customers from a number of piracy websites Roy Morgan Research looked at whose customers are most likely to pay for their downloads.

1.45 million Australians aged 14+ buy movies and TV show downloads online in an average three month period -an estimated $257 million combined in the 12 months to September 2016.

Among customers of the top five fixed broadband providers, Dodo’s are the most likely to purchase movies and TV shows for download (10.9%), ahead of those with Telstra (10.4%), Optus (9.4 %), and iiNet (8.4%). Only 6.7% of TPG users pay for any downloaded movies or TV shows in an average three months.

Michele Levine, CEO – Roy Morgan Research, says: “The Federal Court at the end of last year ordered all Australian internet service providers to block their customers from accessing websites used to download copyrighted content for free.

“Australians have reportedly long been among the world’s biggest offenders when it comes to piracy. Having consumers blocked from specific ‘torrenting’ sites is a victory for copyright holders and broadcasters—but as other sites and proxies spring up, it may soon become a game of whack-a-mole.

“With this potentially only short-term barrier now in place, rights holders should take this opportunity to convince pirates to become payers. The rapid take-up of Subscription Video On Demand services such as Netflix and Stan shows that Australians are more than happy to pay for content. A long-term solution will need to include carrots as well as sticks, based on a comprehensive understanding of current paying downloaders.

“Roy Morgan’s latest research finds that 1.45 million Australians pay for movie or TV show downloads, to the tune of over a quarter of a billion dollars last year. Of course, the true value of all the content downloaded is likely much higher. In order to judge the effectiveness of the new law in combatting piracy, it will be vital for copyright holders (and ISPs eager to curb further orders to block, report on or divulge information about their customers) to monitor the incidence and expenditure of content downloads over the coming years.”

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source, October 2015 – September 2016, sample = 8,895 Australians aged 14+ with fixed broadband.

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