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Introduction

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.

Features and benefits

* 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

Highlights

Online content distribution platforms (OCDPs) are beating back traditional distribution channels. High street stores and the news media have been particularly badly affected.
One significant impact of the growth in OCDPs is that users' ownership rights over the distributed content are undermined.
The growth in OCDPs is also pressuring content creators to produce a certain kind of content: 'safe' content that appeals to a wide customer base, but has little longevity.

Your key questions answered

* 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?

Table Of Contents

Disposable media: How online content delivery is changing the world
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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