Use of Unauthorized TV, Movie Sites Expected to Grow

Mike Vorhaus on Digital Communications

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How do consumers feel about "stealing" video content off the web? Well, we wouldn't dream of asking the question that way, but we did ask a large, nationally representative population how they felt about watching free movies and TV programs, sans commercials, from unauthorized sites that are unaffiliated with the studio or network that produced or distributed the content.

Mike Vorhaus
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Mike Vorhaus is president of Magid Advisors for Frank N. Magid Associates.
As you may expect, the acceptability of using such sites varied greatly across age groups. For instance, only 8% of 35- to 44-year-old consumers thought it was very acceptable or acceptable to use these sites, while 20% of the 18- to 24-year-old group thought it was very acceptable or acceptable.

We also asked consumers if they thought they would use these sites more in the future, and 15% of all age groups said yes. Perhaps of even more concern, among consumers who have not watched video online regularly, about 15% expect to use unauthorized sites in the next year.

Technology has made it possible to steal programming online, and many consumers seem totally comfortable doing so. Sounds like Napster to me.

Source: Frank N. Magid Associates, Inc.
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