2014 | 6 | Convergent Television(s)
Co-edited by Gabriele Balbi and Massimo Scaglioni
The history of media convergence, especially of convergent television, is a field that needs to be further investigated. Media convergence is often considered a taken-for-granted phenomenon, a kind of ‘irresistible’ force that has changed and is continuously changing media ecosystems. Furthermore, it seems to be mainly an American phenomenon because it has involved US politics and companies and because the most relevant reflections and publications on this topic come from American scholars.
This issue of VIEW tries to deal with this complex and polysemic concept from different points of view, adopting several theoretical and methodological frameworks. It attempts to counteract some of the aforementioned taken-for-granted ideas, analyzing TV convergence from a historical and long-term perspective, considering symmetrical case studies of success and failures, concentrating on the European dimension through the lens of transnational, comparative, and national contributions.
‘More Than a Television Channel’: Channel 4, FilmFour and a Failed Convergence Strategy
Public Service Television in a Multi-Platform Environment: A Comparative Study in Finland and Israel
Multiscreening and Social TV: The Changing Landscape of TV Consumption in Italy
Newspaper Video Content: Genres and Editorial Formats in Spain
Convergent Cultures: The Disappearance of Commissioned Audiovisual Productions in The Netherlands
Wide-Screen Television and Home Movies: Towards an Archaeology of Television and Cinema Convergence Before Digitalisation
Convergent Television and ‘Audience Participation’: The Early Days of Interactive Digital Television in the UK
ARTE: French-German Experiments in Crossing the Borders. 'One Media – Three Screens' Convergence and Interactivity at its Full Potential?
‘The Schneiderverse’: Nickelodeon, Convergent Television and Transmedia Storytelling
TV Goes Social: Italian Broadcasting Strategies and the Challenges of Convergence
Digital Convergence and Content Regulation