Exclusive series on streaming platforms lead to increase piracy, says report

The number of people using BitTorrent began to increase again in 2015, after several years in decline, due to the exclusive shows on streaming platforms, including Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.
This was pointed out by Cam Cullen, Vice President of Global Marketing at Sandvine, in a blog post with the findings of a new report. According to the data, the use of BitTorrent dropped from 52% in 2011 to 26.8% in 2015 in the Americas. However, usage of torrent services are up by almost 10 percent since 2015.
According to Cullen, “more sources than ever are producing exclusive content available on a single streaming or broadcast service” and “to get access to all of these services, it gets very expensive for a consumer, so they subscribe to one or two and pirate the rest”. Some of the exclusive titles are HBO’s “Game of Thrones”, Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
Cullen also mentioned that “many of these exclusive series are US-based, and do not have good distribution internationally, so people download it because they have no access to the content”.