The Appisation of Television: TV Apps, Discoverability and the Software, Device and Platform Ecologies of the Internet Era

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Abstract

This article examines the appisation of television: the emergence of apps as a mainstream means of delivering television services/content through smart TVs, connected devices, smartphones and tablets. Exploring the interrelationships between TV content, discovery and aggregator apps, the article demonstrates how content/software providers, device manufacturers and infrastructural platforms vie to control our access to and experience of television in a market underpinned by datafication, commodification and selection. This control is enacted within a multidimensional software, device and platform ecology where discoverability is central because it determines which content, services and apps are most prominent, accessible and easy to find.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-182
Number of pages18
JournalCritical Studies in Television
Volume15
Issue number2
Early online date22 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

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