Alexa Scarlata is a PhD candidate (2014-2017) in Media and Communications, and Cultural Studies. Her research interests are in the informal and digital distribution of video content, media piracy and the political economy of transnational television programming. Her thesis critically examines the recent introduction of streaming services in Australia and considers their impact upon the traditional broadcast and subscription industries, particularly television production. It explores issues having arisen over how to safeguard local scripted content in an increasingly globalised media world. Is this a new international circulation opportunity for high-quality, distinctly Australian programming, or will local streaming services, as algorithmic taste-makers, merely produce homogenised, culturally nonspecific texts? Finally, what are the broader implications of this, considering the television medium’s traditional national storyteller role?