Fox Television is defending its plan to delay the online availability of its shows on Hulu by eight days after reports that piracy for the network’s shows is surging, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq. blog.
Since the delay went into effect this month, two Fox shows that aren’t in reruns saw a jump in piracy, with "Hell’s Kitchen" more than doubling in downloads on BitTorrent and "MasterChef" almost tripling, the story says.
Scott Grogin, a spokesman for the network, said the reason for the delay was "about receiving fair value so we can continue to produce this expensive and high-quality programming. We are pursuing a strategy where the 90+ million households who pay to watch our programming via cable/satellite/telco will ultimately receive maximum benefit."
Grogin added he doesn’t want to get lost in "piracy claims that may or may not be accurate regarding two shows," the story notes. He added, "We take content theft very seriously."