Legal movie downloads on the rise as Netflix eyes Spain launch

In 2009, Adam Sandler comedy Funny People made more money than the entire European streaming market put together. While that one movie grossed €65 million, 17 European nations’ online movie services made just €59 million that year, according to the most recent report from the European Audiovisual Observatory. By 2013, however, things had changed radically, with earnings up almost ten-fold to €588 million, the report said.The data points to consolidation in the European streaming market, with revenue doubling year on year between 2009 and 2013. Online movie watching still has a long way to go before it catches up with digital music, which finally outstripped CDs in 2014, or with movie theater takings, but it has at last surpassed DVD rentals.

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