Irdeto: P2P piracy still dominant for movies and TV

Consumers who prefer piracy over legal video sites are ensuring that peer-to-peer (P2P) piracy continues to be the major method of accessing illegal copies of movies and TV shows, according to new research from content security provider Irdeto.
The research looked at P2P and web video trends in 19 high piracy countries such as US, Russia, France, Germany, Australia and Brazil (the only country from Latin America), among others. Data on visits to P2P and web video sites provided by a web analytics partner covered activity at 962 piracy sites from January through September 2017.
According to Irdeto, the growth in web video piracy is only adding to the global movie and TV piracy problem, rather than replacing P2P piracy. The overall popularity of pirate web video sites is growing alongside P2P, driven by visits from “casual pirates,” who go to both legitimate sites and illegal piracy sites.
Five out of ten monthly visits to pirate sites by casual pirates in 2017 were to web video sites. However, in 2017, eight out of ten monthly visits to pirate sites by “committed pirates” (those who do not visit legitimate streaming sites) were to P2P sites.
The research also revealed that visits to P2P sites accounted for 70% of global activity for both web video and P2P platforms. This behavior led to an average of 800 million global monthly downloads from P2P sites in 2017. In addition, P2P activity in the most prominent high-piracy countries, which include Russia, India, Brazil, the Netherlands and the U.S, is either constant or increasing. The research reveals that web video sites source a significant proportion (28%) of their high-quality video content from P2P sites.
Gabriel Hahmann, Sales Director, Brazil and Cono Sur of Irdeto, will participate in NexTV Series Mexico & Central America 2018, the leading conference to be held on September 25 and 26 in Mexico City.