AN overwhelming 88% of online content watched in Spain is streamed illegally, according to a new study.
This makes the country one of Europe’s worst offenders for enjoying pirated films, TV shows and music.
The digital consumption habits study found that some 4.3 billion connections to pirated content caused an estimated loss of €1.7 billion for rights holders.
The Coalicion de Creadores – the association behind the study – announced the results were a new ‘piracy record’.
“The level of piracy in Spain is overwhelming. Therefore we are asking that illegal pages are blocked like they are in France, Italy and Germany… countries which see cultural consumption as a means of economic growth,” said director Carlota Navarrete.
Films are Spain’s worst hit industry; forming 38% of all illegal downloads. TV series account for 26%, followed by music at 24%.
Meanwhile, a total of 139 million football matches were watched illegally in more than 1.8 million Spanish homes in 2014.
And the problem with illegal streaming and downloads is only getting worse, as the number accessing illegal online content has risen by 4% from 2013.