Building digital estates: Multiscreening, technology management and ephemeral television

Evans, Elizabeth; Coughlan, Tim and Coughlan, Vicky (2017). Building digital estates: Multiscreening, technology management and ephemeral television. Critical Studies in Television: The International Journal of Television Studies, 12(2) pp. 191–205.




The UK television industry has increasingly integrated multiple screen technologies into multiplatform ‘digital estates’. Such ‘digital estates’ also emerge in domestic contexts. The complex, but mundane and ephemeral, nature of these domestic ‘digital estates’ requires new methodologies for understanding how they operate within the daily lives of audiences. This article uses an innovative, technologically enabled observation methodology to explore how domestic ‘digital estates’ are managed. Dominant throughout our sample is the use of multiple screen technologies to create deliberately passive and ephemeral experiences, highlighting the need to recognise and interrogate the place of ‘passivity’ within televisual and digital screen experiences.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 49039
  • Item Type
  • Journal Item
  • ISSN
  • 1749-6039
  • Project Funding Details
  • Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
    Horizon Digital Economy Research HubNot SetRCUK
  • Keywords
  • television audiences; television industry; ephemerality; digital technologies; multiscreens; second screen
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Research Group
  • Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
  • Copyright Holders
  • © 2017 The Authors
  • Depositing User
  • Tim Coughlan