The purpose of this paper is to investigate what factors can affect people’s continuous watching and consumption intentions in live streaming.
This research conducted a mixed-methods study. The semi-structured interview was deployed to develop a research model and a live streaming typology. A survey was then used for quantitative assessment of the research model. Survey data were analyzed using partial least squares-structural equation modeling.
The results suggest that sex and humor appeals, social status display and interactivity play considerable roles in the viewer’s behavioral intentions in live streaming and their effects vary across different live streaming types.
This research is conducted in the Chinese context. Future research can test the research model in other cultural contexts. This study can also be extended by incorporating the roles of viewer gender and price sensitivity in the future.
This study provides managerial insights into how live streaming platforms and streamers can improve their popularity and profitability.
The paper introduces a novel form of social media and a new business model. It illustrates what will affect people’s behavioral intentions in such a new context.
This research is partially supported by National Natural Science Foundation China (NSFC)-Royal Society International Exchange Program, reference number: 71611130219, and by Major Collaboration Program 2017 funded by Ningbo Science and Technology Bureau (reference number: 2017D10032).
Hou, F., Guan, Z., Li, B. and Chong, A. (2019), "Factors influencing people’s continuous watching intention and consumption intention in live streaming: Evidence from China", Internet Research, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/INTR-04-2018-0177Download as .RIS
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