Netflix Uses Piracy Sites

Posted by Raeann Langas

Netflix, the powerhouse of online streaming media, looks at the most popular content on piracy sites.


When was the last time you paid for a movie? Millions of people around the world turn to piracy sites as their source for watching their favorite movies and television shows. Although, the problem may not be that people are too frugal to pay for their entertainment, rather what they want is not readily available. 

Let’s Back up. Pirating or torrenting is the illegal sharing of extremely large files like TV shows online. Piracy or Torrent sites are places where people can go to watch movies or TV shows for free.

As a major online media provider, Netflix looks at what is popular on these sites to determine what shows are in high demand. According to the Huffington Post, in an interview last week, Netflix’s VP of Content Acquisition Kelly Merryman revealed that Netflix looks at what content does well on piracy sites to determine what shows they will buy.

Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in an interview, after Netflix is introduced in a new place, “Bittorent traffic drops as the Netflix traffic grows.” It is much easier to use Netflix rather than dealing with the hassle of downloading files and dealing with annoying popups on pirating sites.

If this is true, then we should be seeing a decline in the popularity of piracy sites. It looks like the solution to these copyright violations might not be legislation but giving the viewer more option. For only $7.99/month Netflix subscribers can stream thousands of titles on-demand without worrying about copyright infringement.

Even with Netflix and other sites, piracy is still a large problem. Why do people use piracy sites? is there a solution to this situation so there will be no more copyright violations? 


3 responses to “Netflix Uses Piracy Sites

  1. For me, I get frustrated when trying to find older movies online. I do not use piracy sites, but I’ll admit it is tempting. I do not use Netflix myself, but if the site carried many classic older movies I would definitely consider starting an account. I think the solution might be to have Netflix users sign up for what type of an account they want. For example, I would want access to old movies, romantic comedies, action movies, etc. That way, even if the demand is not high for a certain genre, the customer can still get what he/she wants. I’m not sure how this would actually work, but it’s just a thought.

  2. I think that people would prefer affordable alternatives to piracy, which is why Netflix is so huge. But some companies make access to their content really hard. For instance, HBO Go is only accessible to people who have a cable or satellite subscription to the channel. I don’t have cable, because I don’t need it with stuff like Netflix and Hulu, which I’m more than willing to pay for. I can’t just buy an HBO Go subscription and only watch online, so that puts people in a spot where they either can’t watch something or they pirate it. Not me, of course 🙂

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