Free TV-Show Streaming Hurts Online Sales, Research Finds

Posted by HardOCP News 6:06 PM (CST)

Friday December 02, 2016

As crazy as this may sound, people actually chose free streaming content over paying for it. In other news, water is wet, sky is blue, wasting money on studies like this is nothing new.

New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that online piracy is not the only worry for TV distributors. Based on Downton Abbey streaming and sales data provided by PBS, the researchers find that free legal streams can significantly reduce download sales. However, that doesn't necessarily mean that free streaming options should be banned.