File sharing has long been in decline thanks to streaming offers, but the tide is apparently turning. Compared to the magazine Torrentfreak, the release group Evo states that the film industry’s greed for profit is the main cause of file sharing. “If the studios cared a little more about the consumer, there might not be so much piracy on the Internet. But they no longer care, what matters is profit, profit, and profit.”
It was obvious that file-sharing would lose its relevance. With the advent of streaming at manageable prices, more and more users resorted to legal offers, which is what the now legendary statement by Gabe Newell predicts. He said that file-sharing is primarily a service issue. Netflix solved this problem with a good deal. But with success, the envious come too. And they calculated that it makes more economic sense to offer streaming themselves. This is how the fragmentation of the market started. A single Netflix subscription was no longer enough, which brought back the service problem and the cost trap again. “If you’re the average person these days, basically you’re either rich or you’re screwed. There’s Disney +, there’s Netflix, there’s Prime, there is Paramount +. God knows what else they can come up with. “
Streaming services are increasingly becoming a cost factor, as you have to subscribe to at least three to four services for reasonably attractive market coverage, and some of them require special fees, as Evo emphasizes. Disney Plus tried some sort of early access to “movies” during the pandemic. Legal availability often also plays a role, which is not given by the complex global licensing models of the film industry and which then drives customers to illegal offers. In some cases, the users also pay for them, which supports the argument that it is more a service problem than a cost problem.