The rise of Netflix competitors is pushing consumers back toward piracy


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Because why would you pay €20 for Netflix, €20 for HBO now, and €20 for Amazon Prime Video?
The reason people moved to Netflix in the first place was because it's a ton cheaper than cable TV.

BitTorrent usage has bounced back because there's too many streaming services, and too much exclusive content.
A new study shows that after years of declines, BitTorrent usage and piracy is on the rise again. The culprit: an increase in exclusivity deals that force subscribers to hunt and peck among a myriad of streaming services to actually find the content they’re looking for.

Sandvine’s new Global Internet Phenomena report offers some interesting insight into user video habits and the internet, such as the fact that more than 50 percent of internet traffic is now encrypted, video now accounts for 58 percent of all global traffic, and Netflix alone now comprises 15 percent of all internet downstream data consumed.

But there’s another interesting tidbit buried in the firm’s report: after years of steady decline, BitTorrent usage is once again growing.

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