A new survey by the Intellectual Property Office highlighting the latest UK trends in online streaming and downloading has noted an increase of more than 10% in take up of legal services since 2013.
The survey highlighted 62% of internet users in the UK have downloaded or streamed music, TV shows, films, computer software, videogames or e-books. This is up from 56% in 2013. The survey showed that, while there was a 10% increase in UK consumers accessing content through legal services, one in five consumers still access some content illegally.
The survey was published in parallel with research in Australia and shows that while British and Australian users consumed online media at similar rates, illegal downloading for UK consumers was half the rate of their Australian counterparts.
Netflix, Amazon and YouTube were the top platforms for film downloads and streaming with Netflix responsible for 44 per cent of all activity.