Illegal digital film consumption in the UK 2012-2019

According to survey waves conducted between August 2012 and March 2019, the share of adults in the United Kingdom (UK) who had watched films illegally online reached 27 percent in 2019. This was the highest reported figure since 2015, while the lowest share at 19 percent was reported a year prior, in 2018.

Have you consumed digital films illegally in the past three months?*

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Release date

February 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

August 2012 to March 2019

Number of respondents


Age group

12 years and older

Special properties

among internet users

Supplementary notes

* Base varied by content type.
Base of most recent survey wave (Wave 8). Base varied by wave: n (W2) = 4,728; n (W3) = 4,708; n (W4) = 4,673; n(W5) = 4,552; n(W6) = 4,670; n(W7) = 4,573; n(W8) = 4,032.
Online and face-to-face surveys were used prior to 2019. In 2019 an online survey was used.

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