Title A Media Format on the Rise. The Journalistic Investigation Documentary on Netflix and Prime Video
External publication No
Means Media Educ.
Scope Article
Nature Científica
Publication date 01/01/2021
ISI 000693624800003
DOI 10.13187/me.2021.3.415
Abstract According to a study based on all the films indexed in the Internet Movie Database (IMDB, 2018), between 1990-2018, the documentary genre has experienced a growth in viewers\' preferences never seen before, going from 5 % to 22 % of all films released. The key seems to lie both in being a cheap genre to produce in comparison with fiction, and in the rise of online platforms, where documentaries, especially journalistic documentary, are consumed as both news and a film product. The goal of this research is to analyze the growth in productions and number of viewers of the journalistic investigation documentaries, taking as a reference the offer of documentaries and series on Netflix and Amazon Prime, without neglecting the incidence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the consumption of the documentary in 2020. The results suggest that this growth shows an upward trend that must do both with a growing commitment of these online platforms for this type of content, as well as a change in the preferences of viewers regarding content news consumption in audiovisual format.
Keywords journalistic investigation documentary; non-fiction; online platforms; Netflix; Prime Video; VOD; documentary; COVID-19; user; viewer
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