REPORT: Nearly 10 Million People Illegally Streamed Wilder Vs. Fury
Welcome to the social media era, where if you want to find something to watch that requires you to pay first, it can be found for free somewhere on the interwebs.
Early pay-per-view estimates are out for the December 1st heavyweight bout between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder at more than 300,000 buys, but it should’ve been a hell of a more.
Digital piracy specialist Muso reported that last weekend’s fight attract ted a whooping global piracy audience of 9.98 million, according to John Glenday of The Drum.
The report went on to state the fight was available on at least 133 piracy streaming domains and 80 YouTube live links.
If ur wondering why Wilder/Fury was such a big deal on social media but 300kish buys doesn’t seem huge, that’s bc apparently 10m illegal streams happened ww, including 1.9m in US & 1m in UK. Previously illegal streaming thought to be a small %. Hmm, maybe PPV is priced wrong…
— Fistianados Podcast (@Fistianadospod) December 6, 2018
Fans in the U.S.A paid $74.99 to watch the fight on Showtime, while viewers in the United Kingdom were charged £19.85 by BT Sport.
Despite the high number of illegal streams, the break-even point of 250,000 will certainly be passed as the fight is looking to have more than 320,000 by the time the official numbers come out.
It’s looking like the number will come in a bit north of 320,000 https://t.co/6BU8RYBWsC
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) December 5, 2018