Approaching media industries comparatively: A case study of streaming

Dan Herbert, Amanda Lotz, Lee Marshall

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Although ‘streaming’ media has become increasingly common across multiple media industries, significant differences underpin the industrial practices that allow this behavior and explain discrepant experiences of internet distribution across industries. This article uses collaborative comparative media industry analysis to investigate the commonalities and variations among streaming in the US music, film, and television industries to assess the viability of theorizing the cultural implications of streaming as a consistent phenomenon across media industries. The article explores the consistencies and divergences of streaming among consumer experience, business practices, and textual implications to compare how established uses, production practices, and media content have been affected by internet distribution. Such detailed industry comparison is a novel approach, and the article also considers the methodological value of rigorous collaboration among scholars expert in different media industries. The analysis is based on industry data and practices obtained through trade press, industry reports, and interviews with media workers consistent with a critical media industries approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-366
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number3
Early online date19 Nov 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019

Structured keywords

  • Cultural Work


  • digital distribution
  • film
  • media industries
  • music
  • streaming
  • television


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