A new report is confirming what we have been reporting for years. Canadians and pretty much all of North America is shifting away from downloading movies off of the internet, and switching over to online apps that allow you to watch movies and television in real time. What some used to do was to go to a BitTorrent site, find whatever movie you wanted, then download it to your computer, and somewhere down the road, after the download was complete, you could watch it on your TV. Sounds OK, but there a few issues. Let’s say that you were hosting some sort of party where the primary object was to watch a movie, maybe something like Black Panther, you would download the film a day or two ahead of time, make sure you had its, and hope that everybody coming wanted to see it. With the deployment of really fast internet connections, we can now watch movies off the internet in real time, so when you host your movie party, you can choose from thousands of films, rather than what you have stored on your home computer.
Last year about one in 10 Canadian had at least one set-top box, computer, smartphone or tablet running an app like Kodi or ShowBox, which can deliver real-time content in great quality.
The new report says that 7 percent of households were using Kodi to access pirated content, which isn’t even the number one app, ShowBox is. There’s another form of pirated streaming, which requires a monthly subscription but delivers thousands of live TV channels from around the world, It’s being used by about 8 percent of the Canadian households.
In comparison, Netflix was tied to about a third of the data Canadians used during evening primetime hours, while YouTube was close to 20 percent.
If you are going to do this, don’t forget to use a Virtual Private Network or VPN, and set your location to somewhere in the US.
Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard