New York has long been known for its high crime rates and its reputation for violence, but residents are taking it one step further by adding another deadly danger to their daily routine: the crime of streaming movies.
The New York Post reported that in the past few years, the city has seen an influx of movies being uploaded to streaming sites such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, which have become a huge revenue stream for streaming service operators.
This influx of streaming films has lead to some very high-profile movie theater shootings, and the Times reports that one gunman recently opened fire inside a cinema in Queens.
But as New Yorkers increasingly turn to streaming services for entertainment, one group is finding a way to get their movies onto their computers.
In the past, people have been able to stream their movies to their computers from their smartphones, but the Times notes that in recent years, some theaters have begun installing cameras and other security measures to make it harder for criminals to download movies and videos.
The Times cites the movie theater shooting as an example of how the technology is beginning to be used in the right way.
“The theater is one of those places that’s just a matter of time until someone is caught with a camera and can’t get a movie to watch,” a former employee of a Brooklyn theater told the paper.
“And then someone is going to get a copy of it, and someone is gonna steal it.” [NYPost]