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The Negative Effect of Concentration and Vertical Integration on Diversity and Quality in Video Entertainment

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Publication Date: September 2007

Publisher(s): Fordham University. Donald McGannon Communications Research Center; Free Press (Organization)

Author(s): S. Derek Turner; Mark Cooper

Topic: Media, telecommunications, and information (Mass media)

Keywords: Competition; Vertical Integration; Source Diversity

Type: Report

Abstract:

This paper uses an analysis of a comprehensive 20-year data base on the video entertainment product
space in a period of massive public policy change (roughly 1985 - 2005) to show that vertical integration and the elimination of source diversity (competition from independent producers) has had a negative impact on product quality and diversity