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Television to Multi-Platform

Convergence
Written by Warren Kelly | Published in
First published: 01-01-2010
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Create DateJuly 4, 2014
Last UpdatedApril 16, 2015

This broadcast white paper examines economic aspects of Convergence and of multi-platform expansion in the media sector.

Focusing on television broadcasters in the UK, it analyses the recent migration of conventional media towards multi-platform strategies and asks whether digitization is making content delivery more resource–intensive than before or whether it is facilitating greater efficiency.

Findings suggest that adaptation to a multi-platform outlook on the part of conventional media requires investment in staffing and re-versioning of content.

Funding this, especially in a period of economic downturn, has encouraged a more selective approach towards content, with concomitant implications for diversity.

Notwithstanding generally low commercial returns from online activities so far, the potential economic advantages to be had from multi-platform are significant.

The experience of UK broadcasters suggests a well-executed ‘360-degree’ approach to commissioning and distribution will increase the value that can be realized from any given universe of content, partly because of extended opportunities for consumption of that content, but also because modes of engagement in a digital multi-platform context allow for an improved audience experience and for better signalling of audience preferences back to suppliers.

 


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