Pew Research’s recent study , found that 61% of young adults (18-29) using streaming services as their primary way to watch TV. Given that statistic you can see why site blocking is an important tool in the anti-piracy toolkit. But like the online pirates, it aims to block, it’s critical that site blocking also adapts and evolves.
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.