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Digital distribution (also referred to as content delivery, online distribution, or electronic software distribution (ESD), among others) is the delivery or distribution of media content such as audio, video, software and video games. [1]

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Advertising is an audio or visual form of marketing communication that employs an openly sponsored, non-personal message to promote or sell a product, service or idea.

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Aluminium or aluminum is a chemical element with symbol Al and atomic number 13.

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Amazon Video

Amazon Video is an Internet video on demand service that is developed, owned, and operated by Amazon.com.

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App store

An app store (or app marketplace) is a type of digital distribution platform for computer software, often in a mobile context.

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Ars Technica

Ars Technica (a Latin-derived term that the site translates as the "art of technology") is a website covering news and opinions in technology, science, politics, and society, created by Ken Fisher and Jon Stokes in 1998.

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An artist is a person engaged in an activity related to creating art, practicing the arts, or demonstrating an art.

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Baen Books

Baen Books is an American publishing house for science fiction and fantasy.

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BBC iPlayer

BBC iPlayer is an internet streaming, catchup, television and radio service from the BBC.

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Blu-ray or Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a digital optical disc data storage format.

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A book is a series of pages assembled for easy portability and reading, as well as the composition contained in it.

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Clone (computing)

In computing, a clone is a hardware or software system that is designed to function in the same way as another system.

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Cloud gaming

Cloud gaming, sometimes called gaming on demand, is a type of online gaming.

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Comparison of online music stores

The following table lists online music stores that carry a selection of songs by many record labels and artists.

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A consumer is a person or organization that use economic services or commodities.

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Content (media)

In publishing, art, and communication, content is the information and experiences that are directed towards an end-user or audience.

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Content delivery network

A content delivery network or content distribution network (CDN) is a geographically distributed network of proxy servers and their data centers.

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Content delivery platform

A content delivery platform (CDP) is a software as a service (SaaS) content service, similar to a content management system (CMS), that utilizes embedded software code to deliver web content.

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Content management system

A content management system (CMS)Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy.

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Desura was a digital distribution platform for the Microsoft Windows, Linux and OS X platforms.

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Digital cinema

Digital cinema refers to the use of digital technology to distribute or project motion pictures as opposed to the historical use of reels of motion picture film, such as 35 mm film.

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Digital copy

A Digital Copy is a commercially distributed computer file containing a media product such as a film or music album.

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Digital distribution in video games

In the video game industry, digital distribution is the process of delivering video game content as digital information, without the exchange or purchase of new physical media.

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Digital rights management

Digital rights management (DRM) is a set of access control technologies for restricting the use of proprietary hardware and copyrighted works.

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Direct2Drive (commonly D2D) is an online game store offering PC games via direct download.

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DirecTV (stylized as DIRECTV) is an American direct broadcast satellite service provider based in El Segundo, California and is a subsidiary of AT&T.

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Distribution (marketing)

Distribution (or place) is one of the four elements of the marketing mix.

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Downloadable content

Downloadable content (DLC) is additional content created for a released video game.

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DVD (an abbreviation of "digital video disc" or "digital versatile disc") is a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed by Philips and Sony in 1995.

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An electronic book (or e-book or eBook) is a book publication made available in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on the flat-panel display of computers or other electronic devices.

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E-commerce is the activity of buying or selling of products on online services or over the Internet.

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Electronic publishing

Electronic publishing (also referred to as e-publishing or digital publishing or online publishing) includes the digital publication of e-books, digital magazines, and the development of digital libraries and catalogues.

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File sharing

File sharing is the practice of distributing or providing access to digital media, such as computer programs, multimedia (audio, images and video), documents or electronic books.

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A film, also called a movie, motion picture, moving pícture, theatrical film, or photoplay, is a series of still images that, when shown on a screen, create the illusion of moving images.

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Film distribution

Film distribution is the process of making a movie available for viewing by an audience.

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Film distributor

A film distributor is responsible for the marketing of a film.

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FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is an audio coding format for lossless compression of digital audio, and is also the name of the free software project producing the FLAC tools, the reference software package that includes a codec implementation.

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Funding is the act of providing financial resources, usually in the form of money, or other values such as effort or time, to finance a need, program, and project, usually by an organization or company.

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Gabe Newell

Gabe Logan Newell (born), often nicknamed Gaben, is an American computer programmer and businessman best known as the co-founder of the video game development and digital distribution company Valve Corporation.

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GamersGate AB (formerly Gamer's Gate) is a Sweden-based online video game store offering electronic strategy guides and games for Windows, OS X, and Linux via direct download.

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Games for Windows – Live

Games for Windows – Live or GFWL (trademarked as Games for Windows – LIVE) was an online gaming service used by Games for Windows–branded PC titles that enables Windows PCs to connect to Microsoft's Live service.

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GameSpot is a video gaming website that provides news, reviews, previews, downloads, and other information on video games.

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GameStop Corp. (known simply as GameStop) is an American video game, consumer electronics, and wireless services retailer.

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Garry's Mod

Garry's Mod (GMod) is a sandbox physics game created by Garry Newman and developed by his company, Facepunch Studios.

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GOG.com (formerly Good Old Games) is a digital distribution platform for video games and films.

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Green Man Gaming

Green Man Gaming is a United Kingdom-based online video game retailer.

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Hard disk drive

A hard disk drive (HDD), hard disk, hard drive or fixed disk is an electromechanical data storage device that uses magnetic storage to store and retrieve digital information using one or more rigid rapidly rotating disks (platters) coated with magnetic material.

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Harlequin Enterprises

Harlequin Enterprises Limited (known simply as Harlequin) is a Toronto-based company that publishes series romance and women's fiction.

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Hulu (stylized as hulu) is an American entertainment company that provides over-the-top media services owned by Hulu LLC, a joint venture with The Walt Disney Company (through Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International) (30%), 21st Century Fox (30%), Comcast (through NBCUniversal) (30%),Although NBC Universal is also a major shareholder (30%) of Hulu, by the Federal Communications Commission, NBC Universal and Comcast are required not to exercise any right to influence the conduct or operation of Hulu.

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IGN (formerly Imagine Games Network) is an American video game and entertainment media company operated by IGN Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Ziff Davis wholly owned by j2 Global.

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Impulse (software)

Impulse was a digital distribution and multiplayer platform.

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Independent Publishers Group

Independent Publishers Group, or IPG, is a U.S. book distributor, founded in 1971 to exclusively market titles from independent client publishers to the international book trade.

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Independent video game development

Independent video game development, or indie game development, is the video game development process of creating indie games; these are video games, commonly created by individual or small teams of video game developers and usually without significant financial support of a video game publisher or other outside source.

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The Internet is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide.

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Internet pornography

Internet pornography is any pornography that is accessible over the Internet, primarily via websites, peer-to-peer file sharing, or Usenet newsgroups.

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List of Internet television providers

This article lists Internet television providers - broadcasters of Internet television using digital distribution - by region and by country.

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List of mobile app distribution platforms

This list of mobile app distribution platforms includes digital distribution platforms that are intended to provide mobile apps to mobile devices.

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Magnetic tape

Magnetic tape is a medium for magnetic recording, made of a thin, magnetizable coating on a long, narrow strip of plastic film.

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Media (communication)

Media are the collective communication outlets or tools used to store and deliver information or data.

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A micropayment is a financial transaction involving a very small sum of money and usually one that occurs online.

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Mod (video gaming)

A mod (short for "modification") is an alteration that changes some aspects or one aspect of a video game, such as how it looks or behaves.

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Motion graphics

Motion graphics are pieces of digital footage or animation which create the illusion of motion or rotation, and are usually combined with audio for use in multimedia projects.

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MP3 (formally MPEG-1 Audio Layer III or MPEG-2 Audio Layer III) is an audio coding format for digital audio.

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Music is an art form and cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time.

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Natural gas

Natural gas is a naturally occurring hydrocarbon gas mixture consisting primarily of methane, but commonly including varying amounts of other higher alkanes, and sometimes a small percentage of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen sulfide, or helium.

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Netflix, Inc. is an American over-the-top media services provider, headquartered in Los Gatos, California.

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O'Reilly Media

O'Reilly Media (formerly O'Reilly & Associates) is an American media company established by Tim O'Reilly that publishes books and Web sites and produces conferences on computer technology topics.

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Online music store

An online music store is an online business which sells audio files over the Internet, usually sound recordings of music songs or classical pieces, in which the user pays on a per-song or subscription basis.

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Online shopping

Online shopping is a form of electronic commerce which allows consumers to directly buy goods or services from a seller over the Internet using a web browser.

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Open music model

The open music model is an economic and technological framework for the recording industry based on research conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Optical disc

In computing and optical disc recording technologies, an optical disc (OD) is a flat, usually circular disc which encodes binary data (bits) in the form of pits (binary value of 0 or off, due to lack of reflection when read) and lands (binary value of 1 or on, due to a reflection when read) on a special material (often aluminium) on one of its flat surfaces.

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Origin (digital distribution software)

Origin is an online gaming, digital distribution and digital rights management (DRM) platform developed by Electronic Arts that allows users to purchase games on the internet for PC and mobile platforms, and download them with the Origin client (formerly EA Download Manager, EA Downloader and EA Link).

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Overhead (business)

In business, overhead or overhead expense refers to an ongoing expense of operating a business.

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Paper is a thin material produced by pressing together moist fibres of cellulose pulp derived from wood, rags or grasses, and drying them into flexible sheets.

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PC Gamer

PC Gamer is a magazine founded in the United Kingdom in 1993 devoted to PC gaming and published monthly by Future plc.

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Peer-to-peer (P2P) computing or networking is a distributed application architecture that partitions tasks or workloads between peers.

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Perseus Books Group

Perseus Books Group was an American publishing company founded in 1996 by investor Frank Pearl.

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Photographic film

Photographic film is a strip or sheet of transparent plastic film base coated on one side with a gelatin emulsion containing microscopically small light-sensitive silver halide crystals.

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Physical media

Physical media refers to the physical materials that are used to store or transmit information in data communications.

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Polycarbonates (PC) are a group of thermoplastic polymers containing carbonate groups in their chemical structures.

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Polyvinyl chloride

Polyvinyl chloride, also known as polyvinyl or '''vinyl''', commonly abbreviated PVC, is the world's third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer, after polyethylene and polypropylene.

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Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly (PW) is an American weekly trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers and literary agents.

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Publishing is the dissemination of literature, music, or information—the activity of making information available to the general public.

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Retail is the process of selling consumer goods or services to customers through multiple channels of distribution to earn a profit.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun

Rock, Paper, Shotgun (also known as RPS) is a UK-based blog operated by Rock, Paper, Shotgun Ltd and authored by Alec Meer, Jim Rossignol, Adam Smith, John Walker, and formerly also Kieron Gillen and Quintin Smith.

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Sam the Record Man

Sam the Record Man was a Canadian record store chain that, at one time, was Canada's largest music recording retailer.

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Sling TV

Sling TV (alternately identified in its logo as Sling Television) is an American over-the-top internet television service owned by Dish Network.

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Smart TV

A smart TV, sometimes referred to as connected TV or hybrid TV, is a television set with integrated Internet and interactive "Web 2.0" features.

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Computer software, or simply software, is a generic term that refers to a collection of data or computer instructions that tell the computer how to work, in contrast to the physical hardware from which the system is built, that actually performs the work.

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Sound recording and reproduction

Sound recording and reproduction is an electrical, mechanical, electronic, or digital inscription and re-creation of sound waves, such as spoken voice, singing, instrumental music, or sound effects.

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Steam (software)

Steam is a digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation, which offers digital rights management (DRM), multiplayer gaming, video streaming and social networking services.

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Streaming media

Streaming media is multimedia that is constantly received by and presented to an end-user while being delivered by a provider.

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Television show

A television show (often simply TV show) is any content produced for broadcast via over-the-air, satellite, cable, or internet and typically viewed on a television set, excluding breaking news, advertisements, or trailers that are typically placed between shows.

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The Guardian

The Guardian is a British daily newspaper.

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Tor Books

Tor Books is the primary imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, a publishing company based in New York City.

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Toronto Star

The Toronto Star is a Canadian broadsheet daily newspaper.

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Uberisation is a transition to an economic system where agents exchange under-utilised capacity of existing assets or human resources (typically through a website or software platform), while incurring only low transaction costs.

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Ultra HD Blu-ray

Ultra HD Blu-ray is a digital optical disc data storage format that supersedes Blu-ray.

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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain,Usage is mixed with some organisations, including the and preferring to use Britain as shorthand for Great Britain is a sovereign country in western Europe.

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The Video Home System (VHS) is a standard for consumer-level analog video recording on tape cassettes.

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Video game

A video game is an electronic game that involves interaction with a user interface to generate visual feedback on a video device such as a TV screen or computer monitor.

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Video game industry

The video game industry is the economic sector involved in the development, marketing, and monetization of video games.

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Video on demand

Video on demand is a programming system which allows users to select and watch/listen to video or audio content such as movies and TV shows whenever they choose, rather than at a scheduled broadcast time, the method that prevailed with over-the-air programming during the 20th century.

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Vudu, Inc. is an American content delivery and media technology company responsible for Vudu-branded interactive media services and devices.

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YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California.

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2000s (decade)

The 2000s was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on January 1, 2000, and ended on December 31, 2009.

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