Disposable media: How online content delivery is changing the world

Online content distribution platforms (encompassing app stores, video hosting websites, peer-to-peer networks and more) have become ubiquitous in recent years. They have upended established industries and are changing both the way content is delivered and the nature of the content itself. This case study examines those changes and their potential implications.

Scope

  • Explains where online content distribution systems have seen the most rapid growth
  • Describes the implications of the growth in online content distribution in terms of how users consume media
  • Describes the implications of the growth in online content distribution in terms of how these systems shape the media itself

Reasons to buy

In which industries are online content distribution platforms proving most popular?

How has the growth in online distribution platforms affected the film industry?

How has the growth in online distribution platforms affected the news media?

How has the growth in online distribution platforms affected the music industry?

How has the growth in online distribution platforms affected the video game industry?

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Table of Contents

OVERVIEW

Catalyst

Summary

TRADITIONAL DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS SUFFER

The high street squeezed

The news media upended

THE DEATH OF OWNERSHIP

The end of the physical

Digital ...

OVERVIEW

Catalyst

Summary

TRADITIONAL DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS SUFFER

The high street squeezed

The news media upended

THE DEATH OF OWNERSHIP

The end of the physical

Digital dominates the music market

OCDPs venture into video

eBook popularity soars

Digital content has filled the gap left by print journalism

Online piracy is rampant

Mobile devices: the exception that proves the rule

The blurred concept of ownership

Streamed media is rented, not owned

DRM directly restricts users' rights to their own content

Users are increasingly dependent on central hubs

THE END OF INNOVATION

Breaking the news

Online distribution shapes movies

The sound of music

LIFE CYCLES AND DISPOSABILITY

Product lifespans can be extended

New software demands new hardware

CONCLUSIONS

The growth in OCDPs has made content and hardware more disposable

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