Global online piracy has created a crisis for the pay TV industry that could completely rewrite the industry’s economic model, with major impacts on sports rights. But could it also have some unexpected upsides?
With the proliferation of different ways to access pirated content, does site blocking have any impact? That was a question I received during a recent piracy panel discussion. Let’s have a look to see if it does.
What is it?
Put simply, site blocking is a technical means by which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can disable consumer access to target sites. This can be by using DNS based -, Url- or IP blocking capabilities.
There is no doubt about it, pirates are criminals. Unfortunately they are also entrepreneurs. They know that high quality, compelling content offered at a reasonable price sells! As such all legal content – thematic channels, recent movie releases, and particularly live sport – is a target. Unless investments are protected, content is not safe.
More and more are out there
As you know from my earlier post , we are facing a wave of piracy larger than ever before.