Binge-watching Serialized Video Content: A Transdisciplinary Review

Jani Merikivi, Johanna Bragge, Eusebio Scornavacca, Tibert Verhagen

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Abstract

Binge watching serialized video content is a phenomenon that has triggered interest from diverse research fields. Despite the progress researchers have made across different areas, a grounded conceptualization and definition of binge watching is still lacking. In this article, we conduct a transdisciplinary literature review to identify continuity and viewer autonomy as the two fundamental attributes underlying binge watching. Then, using these attributes as conceptual anchors, we offer a convergent definition and categorize the existing binge-watching definitions in the literature. The results of this categorization reveal that the vast majority of the definitions used in the literature fail to distinguish binge watching from other viewing practices such as casual viewing, single-episode appointments, and marathon appointments. We discuss the implications and, to move the binge-watching research forward, conclude with recommendations and an agenda for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-711
JournalTELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA
Volume21
Issue number7
Early online date22 May 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • binge watching
  • viewing practices
  • viewer autonomy
  • continuity
  • serialized video content
  • online television

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