VOD channels for online self-distribution
Here is a handy list we have compiled of VOD sites you might consider using for online self-distribution of your short film. If you see one that interests you, we recommend doing more research on that individual company first, and contacting them about their fees and requirements.
|BitTorrent||TVOD||Filmmaker sets their cut. Significantly reduced cost for distributor.||Unique. Decentralised form of business. Using BitTorrent ‘Bundles’programme, the filmmaker sets what ‘action’ they’d like the BitTorent user to perform (whether that be donating $5, or sharing the film’s link) to access the film. Peer to peer downloads. Audience of 180 million.|
|CreateSpace (Amazon)||TVOD||Split 50/50.||Film made available as standard-download or DVD order. Users can choose from Download to Own, or Download to Rent. Does not give you access to Amazon Prime, need to contact individual aggregator.|
|Fandor||SVOD||No set-up fees. They say they split 50/50 with creators, but the split is based on viewership, time watched and gross receipts||Device friendly. Filmmakers can host on other platforms simultaneously|
|FetchApp||SVOD||Filmmaker cut is 100% after plan fee ($5-$500 per month).||FetchApp allows you to sell and digitally deliver downloadable products. Integrated with Shopify, Wordpress, Bigcommerce, Goodsie, PayPal. Securely hosts files.|
|FLM.TV||TVOD/SVOD||100% Filmmaker cut.||VOD company for independent films. View trailers for free, audience pays combo of transactional/subscription depending on film.|
|Gathr||TVOD||100% Filmmaker cut.||Gathr screenings are designed to be hosted in local theatres. A minimum number of people must reserve tickets before a screening request expires. You have all rights, Gathr pays $20,000 for theatrical rights if you receive the needed support for a screening.|
|Gumroad||SVOD/TVOD||Fees start at $10 a month, and they take 3.5% + 30c per charge.||Sell directly to audience. Can set price for audience, whether that be transactional or subscription. Renting option available.|
|IndieReign/Indiegogo||TVOD||70% filmmaker cut, not including 3% PayPal charge.||Partnered with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. Open TVOD. Direct to audience.|
|InteliVideo||SVOD||70-80% after fees ($49-$249/yr)||Pay subscription for account. Set price tag on your videos.|
|MUBI||SVOD||Split 50/50 with creators||Global – in 200 countries. UK-based, with foundation programming deals made for 30000 hours of programming from Warners & Sony. More arthouse style. Users get 30-day window to view, per film.|
|Pivotshare||SVOD||70% cut, depending on amount of contributors.||Channels can host more than one creator and profits split between.|
|Reelhouse||TVOD||Reelhouse takes 10% plus 50c per transaction.||Branching into VR. Good toolset for VR Creators. Offers live events. Staff picks can increase visibility. Helpful/thorough FAQ.|
|Slated||All monetary transactions occur offline.||Helps you find people you need to get film packaged, financed, represented and distributed. No direct fees on site. Platform to connect industry professionals, investors and filmmakers.|
|Topspin||SVOD||100% cut after monthly fee ($9.99-$99.99).||Direct-to-fan sales and marketing platform. Used to promote and sell music, films, merch, tickets + more.|
|VHX/Vimeo OTT||TVOD||Fee is 10% plus $0.50 per transaction. No set-up fees.||Publishes daily stats. Big internationally. Has bonus features, such as gifting, coupons and flash sales.|
|Vimeo On Demand||TVOD||Split 10% Vimeo & 90% Creator.
Must create a $199 Vimeo Pro account.
|Videos behind paywall for On-Demand. They have non-monitorable Transaction Fees (key catch in details). Big internationally. 20GB of upload space, then Transaction Fees. Paid through PayPal.|
|YouTube||AVOD||No set-up fees. Has ‘AdSense’ payments via ‘Partner Program’. Need 1000 subscribers to access.||Has a ‘Creator Academy’. However, viewers expect YouTube videos to be free.|