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The Philippines Is the Third Highest in Asia When It Comes to Video on Demand Piracy

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Even with the popularity of streaming services, several internet users continue to practice video on demand piracy. And, the Philippines just happens to be one of the highest when it comes to illegal sharing. Third place in Asia, in fact.

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The survey, conducted by global public opinion and data company YouGov, found that Thailand (53 percent), Vietnam (50 percent), and the Philippines (49 percent) topped use of piracy streaming sites in Asia. While the lowest were Hong Kong (48 percent), Taiwan (33 percent); Indonesia (28 percent), Malaysia (22 percent), and Singapore (17 percent).

"While legal SVOD (subscription video on demand) monetization is growing, piracy remains pervasive in the Philippines," says Asia Video Industry Association's Coalition Against Piracy general manager Neil Gane. He continues, "Piracy is depriving SVOD of $120 million in revenue per annum, more than 90 percent of the current legal opportunity."

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Other findings from the study showed that 47 percent of Filipinos that practice piracy canceled subscriptions to streaming services. We're guessing that was after the free trial expired? Tsk, tsk.

We're not all bad, though. 53 percent of Filipinos answered that the government should have stricter laws against piracy including ordering internet service providers to block illegal streaming sites.

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Blocking sites has been found to be the most effective. Indonesia and Malaysia's recent move to do so has been cited as a great example. "Indonesia is now market leader in IP protection in Southeast Asia, boosting growth of legitimate services," Gane said.

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Paolo Chua
Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
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