Competition in the News Industry: Fighting Aggregators with Versions and Links
University of Barcelona - Department of Political Economics
Guillem Ordóñez Calafí
University of Warwick - Department of Economics
September 30, 2012
NET Institute Working Paper No. 12-22
We analyze the linking and versioning strategies of a media firm when facing competition from blogs, search engines and news aggregators. First, we show that when the publisher competes against a blog it is less likely to release a fighting version if this generates signi ficant spillovers for its rival. Second, we analyze situations where a publisher will accept to offer part of its contents to a news aggregator in exchange for financial compensation. We explain that an agreement is possible when the aggregator is not overly dependent on the firms contents. Finally, we show that when the firm competes against a search engine, its linking and versioning strategies depend on the amount of trace it receives from its competitor. The firm can use the search engine as its own low quality version and as a mechanism to expand its market since it gives access to many contents.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: Product segmentation, versioning, linking, media market, search engines, news aggregators, Internet
JEL Classification: D83, D85, L12, L22, L86, M31
Date posted: November 3, 2012
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