The Convergence and Conflicts of Internet and Television in East Asia

By: Ki Sung Kwak  

This paper explores changes in television landscape in the context of Internet-TV convergence in East Asia – Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. It draws on evidence obtained through an examination of the recent reshaping of the television industry and the new platform industry utilising Internet-based streaming services in the three countries under study, where players and regulators have responded in different ways to the new technology. It argues that the lack of regulation of Internet-based streaming services is an indication of reduced confidence at the state level about where the market should be going.

Convergence, Television, Internet, Technology, Streaming service
Media Technologies
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Ki Sung Kwak

Associate Professor, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney, Australia

Ki-Sung Kwak is Associate Professor in Media Studies, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Sydney, Australia. He has published widely on media policy and comparative media in East Asia. His recent books include 'Television in Transition in East Asia' (Routledge, 2018), and 'Media and Democratic Transition in South Korea' (Routledge, 2012).