DERC’s Ramon Lobato along with Amanda Lotz (Uni Michigan) and Stuart Cunningham (QUT) have been awarded $340k for their ARC Discovery Project ‘Internet-distributed television: cultural, industrial and policy dynamics.’
Their three year project investigates the impact of global subscription video-on-demand platforms on national television markets. As U.S.-based services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video open up these markets to unprecedented competition, the project will provide much-needed comparative analysis of how governments are responding and what the implications are for debates about local content, local screen production, and media diversity. Analysis of original production and programming strategies will identify new forms of transnational mediaflow. Conceptually, the project aims to advance our understanding of an emerging paradigm of globalising, multiterritory television.