How the internet has changed film and television: Streaming and Piracy

Andrew Hodsden BCM

In my previous blog post, I mentioned briefly how streaming sites are taking over broadcast television as the main way to watch television shows. The growth in popularity of sites like Netflix and Stan, is seemingly only impacting television. The film industry box office is not threatened by these sites, because home viewing cannot yet compete, and may never be able to compete with the movie theatre. “Our competition is not Netflix. It’s not the internet. Tim Richards, CEO of Vue Cinemas said in an interview with CNBC (2016), “Our competition is not Netflix. It’s not the internet. It is sporting events, it is bowling, it is nightclubs”. It is the TV industry which seems to be affected the most by streaming services. According to a report by Nielsen for Screen Australia (2017), in 2014 YouTube dominated the online viewing experience, TV on demand sites Ii.e websites owned…

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