Remembering video: Reflections on the first explosion of informal media markets through the VCR

O'Regan, Tom (2012) Remembering video: Reflections on the first explosion of informal media markets through the VCR. Television & New Media, 13 5: 383-398. doi:10.1177/1527476412443090

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Author O'Regan, Tom
Title Remembering video: Reflections on the first explosion of informal media markets through the VCR
Journal name Television & New Media   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1527-4764
1552-8316
Publication date 2012-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1527476412443090
Volume 13
Issue 5
Start page 383
End page 398
Total pages 16
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Informal cultural markets are not new. Nor are “pirate” video and software markets as different from formal markets as supposed. They are also markets governed by pricing, providing opportunities for leverage by market participants at the expense of each other. Pirate markets are a variant of a cultural market in which returns for sellers and costs to buyers factor in limited to no formal returns to content owners. Furthermore, in large parts of the world, such informal arrangements facilitate cultural, social, and market participation. This article remembers the disruptions that accompanied the VCR’s introduction to identify longstanding pathways of market formation to which the VCR and our current “digital” ensemble of DVD and downloads conform; and those features common to these and other media technologies which lend themselves to diverse production, distribution, and consumption arrangements globally.
Keyword globalization
intellectual property
new media
organizational culture
piracy
political economy
religion
technology
television
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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