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

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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
JournalCritical Studies in Television
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 29 Nov 2019

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