Call for Papers: Journal of Digital Media & Policy
Special Issue: ‘European-Based VoDs: Models, Alternatives and Predictions for a Sustainable European Streaming Culture’
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Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca,
Abstracts (400 words): 15 July 2023
Full manuscripts (6–8000 words, including references): 15 November 2023
Streaming technology and OTT (over-the-top) quality video content distribution are fundamental pillars of transnational cultural exchanges, impacting national media cultures, industries, content creators, and a variety of niche audiences. The role of culture and the creative industries are essential to asserting European values and to the European Union’s digital media distribution policies. Theoretically and empirically, this issue questions whether the current state of things and the development in the number, impact, and quality of European VoDs can contribute to consolidating a progressive European cultural identity, stimulating distribution and consumption, and generating comparable visibility for all EU national film cultures.
This special issue focuses on OTT providers – TVoD, SVoD, FVoD, AVoD – whose catalogues include higher quality fiction, animation and documentary films, television drama and arthouse and experimental projects. It aims to explore innovative VoD business models, catalogue building, curation concepts, interface architectures and promotional strategies, in dialogue with related national and European media policies.
The journal calls for articles focusing on platform actions, content structure, distribution models or recent legislation that can positively impact the quality of the distributed content and viewing experiences, whilst stimulating innovative content creation practices, catalogue diversity, international coproduction, alternative fundraising and transnational viewership. The aim is to bring together contributions by scholars in communication, film, legal, economic and media technology studies, alongside perspectives from artists, content producers, policymakers and industry people.
Possible topics include, but are not restricted to:
- EU VoDs as intercultural mediators, aggregators and producers of transnational content – models, trends, limitations and preferred genres;
- possible national, regional and trans-regional cooperation models, and the policies that stimulate and obstruct them;
- the state of the envisioned digital single market for European quality film and television;
- competitive and self-defeating trends of EU-financed SVoDs;
- the survival of FVoDs and the cultural acceptability of AVoDs distributing quality content;
- the role that public service media platforms play in quality content distribution;
- platform innovation from Europe’s digital peripheries;
- filmmakers’ reactions to digital distribution, and the tailoring of content to satisfy VoD demands;
- the perks of dubbing and subtitling;
- patterns and privileged loci of digital transnational consumption;
- critical press coverage of European SVoDs;
- the envisioning of sustainable open-access/open-source models;
- EU vs. national policies: conflicts and particularities of their national implementation;
- critical evaluations of the EU Directive on Open Data, the Audiovisual Media Services Directive and the Council of Europe’s European Convention on Cross-Border Television.
We will also consider shorter reports (2000–3000 words) from industry and policy experts and book reviews related to the above topics.
Submissions and queries should be directed to the guest editors.