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 (US)
Pages (from-to)697-711
Number of pages15
JournalTelevision and New Media
Volume21
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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