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The streaming industry and the platform economy: An analysis

Chalaby, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-8250-0361 (2023). The streaming industry and the platform economy: An analysis. Media Culture and Society, 46(3), pp. 552-571. doi: 10.1177/01634437231210439


As television is embracing a new set of internet-related technologies, the medium is transitioning from broadcasting to streaming. With it, a new mode of distribution has emerged: the streaming platform. This research makes a three-pronged effort to assess their impact on the TV industry: it analyses the way platforms monetize content; it distinguishes types of streaming platforms based on a set of criteria that includes supply-chain arrangements and the way they structure commercial transactions among different sets of participants, and it considers the ownership of streaming services. This article contributes to media and communication studies by combining the platform literature with global value chain (GVC) theory in order to foster our understanding of streaming platforms. It contextualizes streaming platforms in the history of television and analyses how they are transforming the medium.

Publication Type: Article
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Publisher Keywords: digital economy, digital platforms, global value chain (GVC) analysis, media globalization, platform literature, streaming industry, tech giants, TV industry
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > Sociology & Criminology
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