Number of digital content services used in the UK 2012-2017, by legality group

This statistic displays the mean number of online digital content services used in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2012 and 2017, broken down by legality group. Among those who reported consuming any illegal content, a mean of 6.9 content services were used, as of the most recent survey wave.

Mean number of digital content services used to consume and share content online in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2012 to 2017, by legality group

Any illegal (copyright infringers)100% legal (non-infringers)Alll who consumed or shared content in the past three months
August to October 20125.53.4-
November 2012 to January 20135.73.6-
March to May 20135.63.44
March to May 20155.63.44
March to May 20164.23.73.8
March to May 20176.94.85.3
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Release date

July 2017


United Kingdom

Survey time period

August 2012 to May 2017

Number of respondents


Age group

12 years and older

Special properties

All who have downloaded or streamed/accessed any of the six content types in the past three months**

Supplementary notes

* Base of most recent survey wave (Wave 7). Base varied by wave: n (W2) = 2,932; n (W3) = 3,130; n (W4) = 2,936; n (W5) = 2,864; n (W6) = 3,040; n (W7) = 3,014.
** Content types included: music, films, television programs, e-books, video games, and computer software.
Online (CAWI) and face-to-face (CAPI) surveys were used.
Data for waves previous to Wave 7 published earlier by the source.

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