Digital TV Research’s research in Online TV Piracy Forecasts is thorough in its coverage of the encroachment of piracy into the TV and movie market globally.
Overall trends include Asia Pacific overtaking North America in being the largest region for piracy in 2018, with losses doubling between 2016 and 2022 to nearly $20 billion. The study covers 138 countries, and concentrates purely on revenue lost to TV and movies, not the sports or pay TV sector. ‘The top five countries (USA, China, Brazil, United Kingdom and South Korea) represented 63% of the 2016 total, but this proportion will fall to 55% by 2022. Eight countries will record revenue losses of more than $1 billion in 2022 – double the 2016 count.’
“Piracy will never be eradicated. However, it is not all bad news. Piracy growth rates will decelerate as more effective government action is taken and as the benefits of legal choices become more apparent.” Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research.