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It looks like the television studios did not learn anything from the missteps of the music industry.
Last month Fox said it would wait eight days after its shows air before making them available on Hulu, the video-streaming Web site. Consumers who want to watch these shows online will now have three choices: Watch the shows live; wait eight days until the videos are posted online by Fox; or, as many have decided to do, watch them illegally.
Fox shows are now being rapidly downloaded on video-sharing sites, according to the blog TorrentFreak, which monitors BitTorrent and file sharing online.
TorrentFreak tracked the number of downloads of two Fox television shows before and after the company’s new eight-day policy took effect. During the first five days of the delay, downloads of the show Hell’s Kitchen increased by 114 percent. Downloads of the show MasterChef also rose by 189 percent, TorrentFreak said.
According to recent studies, illegal music downloads began slowing rapidly with the introduction of online streaming services like Spotify and Rdio. A technology/6513919/Spotify-helps-curb-music-piracy.html">study in the United Kingdom found that teens do not feel the need to steal music if it is available through online streaming services.
TorrentFreak recently noted that online piracy of television shows fell dramatically when networks began offering video content through streaming networks online. Now, it seems the decision to delay videoÂ distribution may bring another rise in online bootlegging.