What’s The Password? Millennials Leaders In Getting Streaming TV For Free

By Rex Crum
The Mercury News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The 2018 Magid Video Entertainment Survey showed that when it comes to millennials, 26 percent of the group uses the password from someone else’s account to watch shows on a streaming TV service.

The Mercury News

It’s no secret that people would rather get something for free than pay for it. And faced with the possibility of paying $10.99 a month for Netflix or getting it for nothing, it should come as no surprise that someone might want to use another person’s password to log in and binge on the latest season of “Orange Is The New Black.”

And when it comes to password sharing for streaming TV services, millennials lead the way in getting something for nothing. That’s according to the results of a study on streaming video-watching habits from media and entertainment research firm Magid.

The 2018 Magid Video Entertainment Survey, which included 2,000 Americans from the ages of 8 to 64, showed that when it comes to millennials, 26 percent of the group uses the password from someone else’s account to watch shows on a streaming TV service such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime Video. Magid defines millennials as consumers between the ages of 22 and 40.

But, even more than millennials, those in the 18-to-21 age bracket like to stream their TV shows with the password of someone paying for the service, with 27 percent of the group, which Magid calls “Adult Plurals,” doing so.

Jill Rosengard Hill, of Magid, said the high rate of streaming TV password sharing among millennials is indicative of what she called the “shared economy,” in which participants of a group try to save money and help out their friends at the same time.

“For them, it’s no different than having their parents pay for their insurance or their cell phone,” Hill said. “What many do is: Someone will subscribe to Netflix, while someone else will subscribe to Hulu, and they will swap passwords with each other. That way, they can say they are each paying for something.”

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