If movie and TV studios needed more proof that pirating would decrease if shows and films were readily and easily made available to the masses through various platforms, then maybe FOX can tell 'em about its little experiment.
FOX Televsion decided last Monday to extend the time between its show's live air date and the time it's posted to Hulu to eight days. According to the folks over at Torrent Freak, that decision has led to a large uptick in the piracy of some of its TV shows. After the change, TF tracked two of FOX's TV shows, Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef, on BitTorrent and found that due to the shows absence on Hulu, were heavily downloaded.
Hell's Kitchen saw a 114% increase in illegal downloads, while MasterChef saw an increase of 189%. Seems as if the people have spoken.
[via Torrent Freak]