Illegal Downloads of Fox Shows on the Rise [New York Times - Bits Blog]
In July, Fox announced that it would now be waiting eight days after original air dates before making programs available on Hulu. Perhaps as a result of this policy change, illegal downloads of Fox programming have spiked.
According to the blog TorrentFreak, which monitors the activity on file sharing sites, including BitTorrent, the number of Fox shows being illegally downloaded on these sites has increased dramatically. Within five days of Fox's announcement, downloads of the show "Hell's Kitchen" rose 114% and downloads of "MasterChef" jumped 189 percent.
To contrast this jump, back when networks began offering streaming episodes online, TorrentFreak reported a significant decline in the amount of illegally downloaded episodes.
The same has held true for the music industry and its past battles with illegal downloading. When there weren't legitimate streaming options available, illegal downloading jumped. However, as more streaming services have been introduced (such as Spotify and Rdio) illegal downloading dropped. In fact, a study conducted in Britain found that teenagers don't feel the need to steal music if it is available online through other legitimate outlets.