It’s true that many Canadians have adopted the popular streaming television and movie service Netflix, but has it really helped curb piracy in Canada? Netflix CEO Reed Hastings certainly thinks so.
In a recent interview with Dutch website Tweakers while promoting the launch of Netflix Netherlands, Hastings was asked if he believed people would make the switch from torrenting media to Netflix, and he said they would. When pressed for examples, Macleans reports, Hastings cited Canada as an example of a market where it had happened:
“Bittorrent traffic’s down by about 50 per cent since Netflix launched three years ago,” Hastings said in reference to Canada.
While Netflix declined to provide the source for that statistic, there is some evidence, like this 2012 report, which some argue is an indication that presenting legal alternatives to piracy is enough to convince pirates to go legal.
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