Netflix admitted that it sought information regarding which shows to buy from piracy sites. Although, it is dead against such sites, nevertheless paradoxically it needs them in order to catch up on which shows people are viewing.
Netflix doesn’t want to encourage people to resort to piracy sites. It wants them to honestly pay a nominal fee for shows instead of downloading them from piracy sites for free. Yet, just as Netflix is about to enter the Land of the Dutch, it has revealed that it regularly checks up on piracy sites to see which shows are the movie crowd’s favorites. It may reek of hypocrisy, but it is also a necessary step in the improvement and excellent standards the site wants to maintain. This has led Netflix to buy “Prison Break”, a much-liked show in the Netherlands. Other shows selected by sizing up the statistics on piracy websites include The Voice.
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So while Netflix has teamed up with Hollywood to prevent illegal piracy of movie content, it still uses certain backdoor policies such as the culling of valuable data from these selfsame sites it condemns so vocally. Kelly Merryman, the VP of the company’s European branch recently spoke regarding this phenomenon. The CEO, Reed Hastings also said that while piracy domains helped a little in the search for popular content, the fact was that the process was so much easier and simpler through proper channel. There were less complications and most of all it was legal.