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Standing on the shoulders of tech giants: Media delivery, streaming television and the rise of global suppliers

by Jean K. Chalaby & Steve Plunkett (2021)

Abstract:
This article uses the case study of Internet Protocol (IP) delivery for streaming television to demonstrate how technology and globalization combine to change what media firms do, how they create value and with whom. Media delivery – the sum of the value-adding tasks necessary to transfer content from source to audience – has become a mosaic of technologies that sustain a complex and fast-evolving video ecosystem. Broadcasters had been in charge of the full transmission process once, of tasks deemed core to their business. Today, media delivery is externalized to the market and devolved to a network of suppliers. These suppliers are no ordinary firms, but tech giants that have developed deep global capabilities. They gain further leverage by being cross-sectoral, serving clients across multiple industries. Who are these suppliers? What makes them unique? And what are the implications for the television industry?

Keywords:
cloud computing, content delivery networks (CDNs), global suppliers, global value chain (GVC) analysis, media globalization, media industries, media infrastructure, outsourcing, streaming television, tech giants.

ToC:
Abstract
Introduction: thinking through media globalization
The past and present of media delivery
Standing on the shoulders of giants: GVCs and their global suppliers
The rise of global suppliers in the media delivery GVC

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Chalaby, Jean K. / Plunkett, Steve
Standing on the shoulders of tech giants: Media delivery, streaming television and the rise of global suppliers.
In: New Media & Society 23,11 (Nov 2021), pp. 3206-3228.
https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444820946681
[Free access.]