2021 BEA Mini-Research Symposium:

Triaging the Streaming Wars


2021 BEA Mini-Research Symposium: Triaging the Streaming Wars will take place during the BEA2021 On-Location-Conference on Sunday, October 10, 2021

Submission Deadline: June 15, 2021

Research Symposium Chair:

Robert Alan Brookey, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Telecommunication, Ball State University; rabrookey@bsu.edu

Our industries are undergoing a significant disruption with the introduction of several new streaming services. Both Disney+ and Apple TV+ were introduced in 2019, while NBC/Universal’s Peacock and WarnerMedia launched HBO Max in May 2020.  These streaming services are in addition to the established ones, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and CBS All Access (rebranded as Paramount+ in 2021). Smaller services are also available including Discovery+, AMC+, YouTube TV, Roku and Pluto TV. The shift to these services has been accelerated during the COVID pandemic, which upended the distribution models for both film and television.

This symposium will be an opportunity for scholars to consider the different implications of the rise of streaming services. Already we can see how streaming has changed the industry. For example, Disney’s acquisition of Fox was in preparation for the launch of Disney+, and resulted in a significant consolidation of the media industry. Labor issues and compensation have been driven by the shift to streaming, and these concerns were central to the conflict between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) members and their agents. The divide between networks and affiliates has been broadened given that streaming content renders those legacy media relationships obsolete.  Finally, there are a variety of business models behind these services that defy the traditional advertising models.

Contributions to the symposium can analyze a specific platform, or engage broader issues surrounding the rise of streaming services. The symposium welcomes research from a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Potential contributions can include, but are not limited to:

  • Chapters devoted to a specific platform and corporate context (e.g. Apple TV+, Disney+, HBOMax, etc.)
  • The convergence of the film and television markets in streaming services
  • International and intercultural implications of streaming services
  • Labor and compensation for streaming content production
  • Changes in network and affiliate relationships for streaming content
  • Representation and diversity on streaming services
  • Streaming and reception practices during the COVID pandemic
  • Streaming services, data generation and analysis
  • Streaming services and audience measurement, monetization and engagement
  • Reception practices and media effects of streaming service consumption
  • Issues related to streaming service cost and internet access
  • The role of broadcasting in relation to streaming services
  • Pedagogy and production aesthetics of streaming content

Submissions to this research symposium can be: (1) full research papers, which typically run between 5000-7,000 words, excluding references, tables and appendices; and (2) extended abstracts, which typically run 1500-2,000 words and include a clear presentation of the study’s theoretical foundation, hypotheses, methods, and (potential) results. Extended abstracts must note the (actual/anticipated) dates of data collection. Feasibility of project completion will be considered in evaluations of extended abstracts. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and, if accepted, will be considered for inclusion in Routledge’s Electronic Media Research Book Series. In addition, the 2021 BEA Mini-Research Symposium will sponsor a paper competition for which faculty and students are eligible.

The Mini-Research Symposium paper competition is BLINDLY REVIEWED. Do NOT include a cover page with author and contact information and remove ALL author information from internal pages. Judges need to blindly review your papers. Your paper information will be directly linked to your profile. Authors will be notified about decisions by July 15, 2021.

Research Submission Information:

  1. Please indicate the author(s) status: (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate student)
  2. You may submit different papers; however, conference organizers reserve the right to select papers to ensure greater representation in published proceedings.
  3. Papers must be written using APA Style.
  4. Papers accepted and presented are eligible for publication in the BEA Routledge book series, contingent on standard revision procedures.


Paper Submission Process:

BEA Members will be able to upload papers to the BEA2021 On-Location submission site with their BEA membership login and password.


If you forgot your BEA membership password or need to create an account, please follow the steps on the login page.  Once you login simply follow the steps on the submission site.