These are the 15 most successful digital download lockers. Every single one of them sells premium accounts, and every single one of them accepts MasterCard, Visa, or both.
According to just-released research from NetNames, a very similar picture emerges among streaming cyberlockers as well, like Putlocker and YouWatch. “Every cyberlocker that offered paid premium accounts to users provided the ability to pay for those subscriptions by Visa or MasterCard, with only one exception,” the NetNames report states. “Only a single cyberlocker accepted PayPal.”
Overall, NetNames found that the top 30 cyberlockers sites make $96 million in revenues, annually, which amounts to a lot of processing fees. “Without the subscription payments, revenues and profit – particularly for the direct download cyberlockers – would drop off dramatically,”said David Price, Head of Piracy Analysis at NetNames.
“Content theft fuels the success of cyberlockers and the facilitators of this business model – like payment processors and the advertising industry – frequently do nothing to prevent their successful operation.”
And why isn’t Paypal offered? Three years ago, PayPal was the payment method of choice for cyberlockers, though the site has since implemented a number of policies to prevent piracy and illegal transactions.
In 2014, NetNames found that only a single cyberlocker (Mega) accepted premium subscriptions through PayPal.