Report: Hollywood fears increased piracy because of Google FiberCapture of the Pirate, Blackbeard, 1718 depicting the battle between Blackbeard the Pirate and Lieutenant Maynard in Ocracoke Bay. Source: Wikimedia Commons
A report published by the website TorrentFreak suggests that movie studios are nervous about what Google Fiber internet could do to their bottom line.
TorrentFreak obtained a presentation created for Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Entertainment. The presentation was based on a survey of Google Fiber users in Kansas City. The survey also included internet users in St. Louis as a control group, the report says.
The survey indicated that Google Fiber’s high-speed gigabit internet could cost studios billions every year. To read the whole story, click here.
Google is currently considering whether to bring its fiber internet service to the Atlanta market. Google in February announced it is considering expanding its fiber internet service to more than 30 potential cities around the country, including Decatur and Avondale Estates. A decision is expected “early next year.” The company says its service will be 100 times faster than average broadband speeds.
The TorrentFreak story also intersects with another Atlanta story: the rise of Georgia’s film industry. In August, the state estimated that the film industry had a $5.1 billion impact on Georgia’s economy in Fiscal Year 2014. Georgia gives generous tax breaks for filming in the Peach State.