Mediavision: 5 million pirates in the Nordics


28 May 2024

Piracy has been a challenge for the Nordic media market for many years. Despite efforts by several actors to limit piracy, illegal consumption of films, series and live sports is growing in most Nordic markets. An increasing number of households also pay for illegal TV services, so-called illegal IPTV.


Today, 25 percent of all 15-74-year-olds in the Nordics say they have downloaded or illegally streamed films, series or live sports in the last month. This means that there are roughly 5 million pirates in the Nordics, which is about 400,000 more than the previous year. This is evident from recently published data from Mediavision.



In addition, an increasing number of households choose to subscribe to illegal TV services, so-called illegal IPTV (Internet Protocol Television). There are currently around 1.3 million households in the Nordics that pay to gain illegal access to thousands of TV and streaming services this way. That is an increase of 16 percent compared to last year.


– Piracy is still a problem in the Nordics. Financial pressure on households combined with generally increased prices for legal alternatives are factors that have likely contributed to growth, comments Natalia Borelius, analyst at Mediavision.