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There are so many VOD platforms that have come out in the recent history. I’ve decided to make a list of them, partially for my own sake and partially to help you guys decide on where to host your film.
Amazon – (Instant Video/Prime/DVD) – https://www.createspace.com/
Netflix (VOD subscription service/ by invite only)
ReelHouse – https://www.reelhouse.org/ – VOD & small marketplace – 10% + $.50 per transaction – own page
VHX – https://www.vhx.tv/ – 10% + $.50 per transaction – own page
Gumroad – https://gumroad.com/ – 5% + $.25 per transaction (best paired with your own website) One of my favorite options…
Youtube – Recommended only for last resort (ad revenue only)
Vimeo On Demand – $199 per year + 10% one of most expensive to set up but offers a marketplace
Distrify – pricing based on plan – lowest monthly fee (free) however takes a 30% take http://distrify.com/plan
Tugg.com – Not VOD but helps you get your films into Theaters which is where most of the film industry’s money is anyways. https://www.tugg.com/
Simple Machine – Similar to Tugg.com -https://beta.smplmchn.com/
Gathr Films – Also like tugg.com https://gathr.us/
Rooftop Films – Also helps with Theatric showings but in a more indie sense. http://rooftopfilms.com/
Universe/Eventjoy – also for theatric distribution. Could use to sell tickets but you would have to contact movie theaters individually. $.99+ 2% per ticket https://www.universe.com/home
Yekra – They’re website doesn’t say much about their services but you can check it out @https://www.yekra.com/corp/filmmakers
Blinkbox – British Site – Don’t Know how to get on to it. – http://www.blinkbox.com/about
Bittorrent Bundle – VOD Platform based on torrents https://bundles.bittorrent.com/
Indiereign – VOD Marketplace – https://www.indiereign.com/
Fandor – Netflix for indie films – https://www.fandor.com/
Itunes – Requires an aggregator unless you have produced 5 features-length films that had a theatric run
Quiver Digital – http://quiverdigital.com/ – Not really a Platform, but they help you get onto Sony Entertainment Network, Google Play and iTunes. But it will cost you about $1,300 for the three for a feature film. There has to be a cheaper alternative.
Distribber – http://www.distribber.com/ – like Quiver Digital they work with getting your film on Platforms. The prices are about the same too.
ZooDigital – Itunes Aggregator $300 fixed fee. http://www.zoodigital.com/services/distribution/itunes-distribution/
A lot of filmmakers suggest that you mix and match the platforms in order to maximize your reach and possible audience. As far as which ones I think that a filmmaker should go for… I think that the best strategy would be to use Gumroad on your film’s website so that you can sell the movie with the lowest price per sale. And then use marketplace based VOD platforms such as Vimeo, Amazon, and iTunes to boast your reach and sales.
If you find any please place it in the comments and I will gladly add it to the list.
With the release of technology such as the Oculus Rift and many copycats and extensions of Virtual Reality. It becomes the question of whether this technology will easy it’s way into filmmaking or will stay a video game tool. Through out my filmmaking friends, the opinions appear fairly split between films staying the way they are and films morphing into a video game hybrid. So what will really happen. Thus far many “new filmmaking add-ons” haven’t worked very well with audiences. For example although 3D sales for certain movies have done very well, it seems that the general conception of audiences is that 3D is not worth the extra cost. Perhaps dues to audience and filmmakers current preconceptions about films and what they should be, new technologies such as HFR and VR in filmmaking may never become the norm of films. I think that for specific projects however that they can offer a lot and develop niche audience. What do you think?
This article was inspired by a recent video from CineFix;
I recently replaced my Tamron 17-50mm f2.8, which broke, with this canon L glass and I review it in the above video.