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    Ok guys here we go. I am writing a review on Distribber - Distribber is a company that lets you keep 100% of the profits derived from digital outlets such as iTunes, Netflix, and Hulu. Distribber does take an upfront fee, so I am here to review Distribber on a day to day basis from submitting, to receiving payments and comparing to past distribution experiences so subscribe by clicking "Thread Tools" and click Subscribe To Thread you may choose to get instant email notification as well.
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    Here are some recent reviews from filmmakers: (In no specific order)

    March 1st 2016
    "If you want to be in complete control of your own film's destiny, there's no better option than Distribber. Within days of talking with them, they quickly got our film accepted and scheduled for release on iTunes, and it quickly climbed to #1 on the doc bestseller list in 4 countries! Even better, after the affordable flat fee, we kept all the revenue. They managed the entire process efficiently and with complete transparency. I can't see doing it any other way in the future."
    Steve Yu, Director - The Resurrection of Jake The Snake
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/re...e/id1063943948


    Jan 22nd 2016
    "I enjoyed working with the team at Distribber. They are very knowledgable, always helpful and available to communicate."
    Jon Long Producer / Director - The Search for Freedom
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/th...m/id1020541044


    Feb 10th 2016
    "In the complicated and often cut-throat world of film distribution, it was a true pleasure using Distribber for the TVOD distribution of our film An Honest Liar. They went above and beyond our expectations in being helpful, responsive, and open about the process. I would not hesitate to recommend them to other filmmakers."
    Justin Weinstein - Producer/Director AN HONEST LIAR
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/an...ar/id996270491


    March 22nd 2015
    "Finally, a company that assists in taking your film directly to major platforms without taking a cut of the film's revenue. Also receiving sales data in our dashboard has really helped us understand where our revenue is coming from."
    Leo Resig CEO theCHIVE.com
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/ho...sy/id963933886


    June 5th 2015
    "Distribber is the most empowering resource available to us in distributing our work to the platforms where the audience prefers to watch our content. It’s a straight-forward and easy relationship where the filmmakers retain all of their rights.."
    Jace Freeman - Producer "Ballad of Shovels and Rope"
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/th...pe/id956969963


    July 8th 2014
    "Distribber was the solution to a big problem for Indy film producers - middlemen. If our film is able to make some money in the long run, we know that it will be going to us rather than to agents and others. So thanks Distribber! Also, they did a good job of getting our film on iTunes and were able to solve some technical problems so that it passed iTunes tough quality control standards. Again, thanks Distribber!"
    Stan Freeman "The God Question"
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/th...on/id891955374


    July 16th 2014
    "Distribber is a rare find for independent filmmakers trying to get their movies into the hands of the consumers. I know of no other company that is as honest and has the best interests of an independent filmmaker in mind. Receiving the daily sales numbers and analytical report through their Revenue Reporting Tool is an amazing piece of mind and a re-assurance that my movie is actually being sold. I know of no other company that would provide its clients with the actual sales numbers. Distribber is the future for Independent Filmmakers."
    Joseph James "The Freemason" Starring Sean Astin
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/th...on/id895568728


    July 20th 2014
    "My experience with using Distribber for my feature film Surviving Family can be summed up in one word: great.
    I had several distribution options available when we finished the festival run; I picked Distribber because (1) their contract offered me as the producer a higher percentage of the receipts and (2) I really felt that they wanted the movie. While I’m sure that the first point will be (very) important in the long run, it’s the 2nd point that I want to focus on at the moment.
    Nick Soares and his team have been incredibly supportive and responsive. The process of getting a low budget indie on iTunes is not an easy one, and I would not have succeeded without the assistance of Distribber. Not only have they done everything possible to make sure that Surviving Family meets the quality standards, they’ve also kept me informed every step of the way. My questions and concerns have been answered quickly, courteously, and informatively.
    I highly recommend Distribber."
    Mara Lesemann "Surviving Family"
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/su...ly/id904568522


    July 21st 2014
    "Distribber made it possible for us to get our film into distribution channels we didn't have the resources to secure otherwise. They pushed hard for the film and are motivated to see it succeed."
    Greg Everett "American Weightlifting"
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/am...ng/id897351708


    January 3rd 2015
    "Distribber is a godsend to independent filmmakers! As a first time distributor of an independent film, the care and attention we received from the team at Distribber made releasing our film to a mass audience not only possible, but simple and cost effective. I can’t say enough about the absolutely painless process of preparing our film for all of the biggest online platforms, and the unparalleled information and data that we have received through their sales reporting. With Distribber’s software and advice, we were able to learn and adapt our distribution strategy as we went, saving us from some common pitfalls for independent filmmakers. On top of all that, Distribber is without a doubt the best way to make your film profitable while maintaining full ownership rights and an undivided percentage of your films profits!"
    Blake Waring "VOYAGE"

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/voyage/id956727522


    August 2nd 2014
    "Distribber helps us see how our film performs day by day on some of
    the biggest platforms!"


    Distribber Review
    - James Colquhoun
    Director,
    FOOD MATTERS

    iTunes

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/fo...rs/id440629515

    Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/Food-Matters-J.../dp/B009FIMVKA



    A quick presentation from Distribber:



    When your film is first submitted to Distribber your projects page is updated with lots of information based on the platforms you have selected during checkout. You can track the progress of your assets which is really helpful. When you film goes live they will update the status, and once you have your first report you see the image below this one to see what you get.


    Distribber Review-distribber_projects-jpg

    Here is a screenshot on the reporting tool
    - You get the most detailed visual reporting in the industry.

    Distribber Review-reporting-jpg




    Here is an older version of our reports, as you can see there are quite a few changes. (April 21st 2014)

    Distribber Review-rrreports-distribber-jpg



    [UPDATE - April 10th 2014]



    Below is my original review of Distribber 2 years before my company acquired it.



    I am going to use Distribber with my next feature film that is complete

    What I will do is pay the fee and begin to compare my past films on iTunes and this new one.

    I am very interested to see personally what 100% of the profits look like, and compare those numbers with a past distribution company that took a 30% but they also marketed the film.

    So hopefully through this experience you guys can see this through my eyes on every step. I will be doing some youtube videos but most updates will come here.

    Nick Soares

    Update: Distribber Review Jan. 24th 2012

    Ok so I filled out all of the info needed to submit my film, after receiving my username and password. After that I was taken to the area where you choose your channels, in my case I will be using iTunes, and Hulu. Clicked Next and it brought me to the License Agreement, this is where I had to stop (for now) because while Distribber claims you keep 100% of the rights, the contract clearly states that Distribber will be the rights holder. I totally understand why they need the rights if their going to be the one that pays me 100% So I send the contract to my lawyer and will just confirm thats all it is.

    Update: Distribber Review Jan 25th 2012

    Haven't heard back from lawyer, but I did here back from there marketing manager. I looks as if you have to pay the FULL amount just to submit your trailer. It states to submit your film but has no option to upload or send your full movie, instead you need to pay (for me) would be about $2,000 straight from my account without knowing if I will be accepted. If I am not excepted I am supposed to get my money back minus a $30 processing fee. This seems like bad business in general for the indie filmmakers to make them pay all fees upfront just to send in a trailer (Update - Jan 26th 2012) Once you pay there are more steps to complete, totally makes sense now. I will contact the CEO of Distribber and will update shortly.

    Update: Distribber Review Jan 25th 7:20pm 2012

    Emailed - 6 hours later no reply

    Update: Distribber Review Jan 25th 7:51pm 2012

    Ok so for those curious what they would have you sign. Its a basic agreement allowing Distribber to have permission to submit to the platforms you select. Following is the agreement and contract between Rights Owner and Distribber - Overall Distribber still looks very promising to the indie filmmaker

    Update: Distribber Review Jan 26th 9:02pm 2012

    I received an email about 30 minutes ago stating that it is true - I need to pay $1,200 to submit my info and trailer (not the entire film yet) as well as sign this agreement below before I can do anything else. It is promised that if the film is not excepted that I will receive a full refund minus a $30 transaction fee which seems incredibly low...but I will pay the fee and continue with this journey....

    Update: Distribber Review Jan 27th 10:10pm 2012

    An interesting quote from the contract that contradicts the website info
    "Payments will be made for the preceding calendar quarter within 30 days of each quarter ending on: March 31st, June 30th, September 30th, and December 31st."
    According to the current website they state you may pull your profits at any time, this statement (I believe means different) Has been forwarded to lawyer for clarification purposes.

    Update: Distribber Review Jan 31st 10:35pm 2012

    Ok guys, lawyer states "It is clear whether contract is terminated even if film is declined in process, distribber will return the money and rights and its highly unlikely any malicious possibilities with this company owned by IndieGoGo" So I will continue as planned and will make the payment tomorrow! Stay tuned!

    Update: Distribber Review Feb 3rd 1:02pm 2012

    Something came to mind just before I sent the payment, some of you might have thought the same. "If I can only submit the trailer when I pay the funds, does that mean that iTunes will base their decision off the trailer alone and not the entire film? Because I only have the option to submit the trailer--- So I emailed Adam Chapnick this questions and am waiting for a reply. (Update, its actually very simple. You submit your basic info, pay for the platform, then add more info and send in the material)

    Update: Distribber Review March 12th 5:35pm 2012

    Sorry for the halt on this review, had to do some pickup scenes for a new feature I am working on, but im back at it and payment has been made two days ago, and I am currently getting deliverables ready - Dylan and Adam are a pleasure so far, and Distribber still seems to be the most promising.

    Update: Distribber Review August 1st 7:35am 2012

    Ok, looks like Distribber has a new member - Jason Brubaker! I love this guy. Dylan was not responding to my emails ever, EVER! and its impossible to talk on the phone. While i cant say that Dylan was the reason why Distribber was so slow to respond, I do know that my communication took a 180 when Jason came on board. I think Jason is exactly what Distribber needed. So far Thumbs up to Jason and Distribber.

    UPDATE: Distribber Review February 6th 1:38am 2013

    I apologize for the delay, I have a new baby girl in our family and I was also laughing my own company. So yea.... - Ok back to topic, I will be finishing up the submission for "The Recording" and I will update everyone here how it goes. Again, since Jason Brewbaker has come on board with Distribber things have been really lookin UP!



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    Ok I just made my first youtube video on distribber

    Ill post it here when its done uploading


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    When it's up, post the link! :)


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    Quote Originally Posted by hoodsdavidscott View Post
    When it's up, post the link! :)

    Ok so i recorded it with my iMac on youtube, but when im finished it says loading, BUT IT NEVER loads! So mad, I did a 4 minute video and it just doesnt compress.

    Oh will ill get it figured out for tomorrow


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    Update: (added this to the top)

    Ok so I filled out all of the info needed to submit my film, after receiving my username and password. After that I was taken to the area where you choose your channels, in my case I will be using iTunes, and Hulu. Clicked Next and it brought me to the License Agreement, this is where I had to stop (for now) because while Distribber claims you keep 100% of the rights, the contract clearly states that Distribber will be the rights holder. I totally understand why they need the rights if their going to be the one that pays me 100% So I send the contract to my lawyer and will just confirm thats all it is.

    More to some tomorrow


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    Update: Jan 25th 2012 (added to original post)

    Haven't heard back from lawyer, but I did here back from there marketing manager. I looks as if you have to pay the FULL amount just to submit your trailer. It states to submit your film but has no option to upload or send your full movie, instead you need to pay (for me) would be about $2,000 straight from my account without knowing if I will be accepted. If I am not excepted I am supposed to get my money back minus a $30 processing fee. This seems like bad business in general for the indie filmmakers to make them pay all fees upfront just to send in a trailer. Though im not bashing Distribber, I believe there services will do great things, but in my opinion there are a few flaws keeping them from succeeding. I will contact the CEO of Distribber and will update shortly.


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    Thanks for the update.

    Phil


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    Update: Jan 26th 9:02pm 2012 (added above)

    I received an email about 30 minutes ago stating that it is true - I need to pay $1,200 to submit my info and trailer (not the entire film yet) as well as sign this agreement below before I can do anything else. It is promised that if the film is not excepted that I will receive a full refund minus a $30 transaction fee... I could not fined anywhere stating that if the film is not excepted that this contract below is terminated, because before signing you have to agree to them. So that is the only part that is still unclear to me, but I will pay the fee and continue with this journey....


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    Ok guys, lawyer states "It is not clear whether contract is terminated even if film is declined in process, though it is highly unlikely there are any malicious possibilities with this company owned by IndieGoGo" So I will continue as planned and will make the payment tomorrow! Stay tuned!


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    Added ^^ this

    Something came to mind just before I sent the payment, some of you might have thought the same. "If I can only submit the trailer when I pay the funds, does that mean that iTunes will base their decision off the trailer alone and not the entire film? Because I only have the option to submit the trailer--- So I emailed Adam Chapnick this questions and am waiting for a reply.


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    Added to the top:

    Update: Distribber Review March 12th 5:35pm 2012

    Sorry for the halt on this review, had to do some pickup scenes for a new feature I am working on, but im back at it and payment has been made two days ago, and I am currently getting deliverables ready - Dylan and Adam are a pleasure so far, and Distribber still seems to be the most promising.


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    Nick - thanks for keeping everyone up to date with whats going on w/ your movie at Distribber, great company...

    Looking forward to hearing more about your new VOD online and cable plateform, i heard from another forum that you are going to make VOD really cheap for filmmakers.. not sure how you can or plan to do that, but would love to hear more.


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    Quote Originally Posted by M5Boss View Post
    Nick - thanks for keeping everyone up to date with whats going on w/ your movie at Distribber, great company...

    Looking forward to hearing more about your new VOD online and cable plateform, i heard from another forum that you are going to make VOD really cheap for filmmakers.. not sure how you can or plan to do that, but would love to hear more.
    Well we wont be of any competition to Distribber, we will only become an asset to them, as we will basically finance films for distribution, therefor allowing more films to be submitted to Distribber, its just we will be paying the fee, not the filmmaker.


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    Default busy with amazon on demand but. . .

    I'm watching this thread with eager eyes. I saw distribber today and eager to see if it works out for you. I've already submitted my film to amazon video on demand, via Create Space.


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    Hi I've been successfully using distribber to distribute my feature film Bang Bang

    I think it's a great service and it's been working out for me so far. The upfront is great if you know that your film is going to sell, as in, you have a marketing plan or you have some sort of niche market that you're hitting, which is true for my film if you look into it.

    a few things which are on the downside:

    1. for netflix streaming.. this can actually only happen if your film has already been accepted by netflix for their DVD que, therefore I haven't even tried it. I only have my film on itunes thru them, and currently awaiting amazon on demand.

    2. Lag time. First off, it takes 3 months for your film to get onto itunes from the moment you submit to distribber. This they didn't tell me until I had already submitted everything. They claim that their "website is not updated". I call bullshit. I guess it takes iTunes a long time to QC your film, but they should have told me ahead of time so that I could have planned my release.

    3. Systems not updating fast enough. So when you have your film LIVE and available on ITunes, and it starts selling, you want to track your sales right? well guess what, their systems don't update regularly, it takes months for it to update. So right now I only have the info for my sales up to april. And sometimes I question if the data they are giving me is accurate or not, there's no way for me to know. There's a lack of communication on their end, they don't email me with updates or anything about what's going on with my film. Everytime i email them it takes days for me to get a response, UNLESS i email their CEO directly. They always tell me they are waiting for iTunes to give them info before distribber data can be updated, or that it takes time for blah blah blah.. sometimes I doubt they even looked at my project b/c they would repsond with something like.. well, IF your film even makes money, then we will update this or that.. but i'm like.. dude, my film has BEEN making money, so for you to respond like that means you didn't even look into it. Lack of customer service.

    in conclusion... it seems like this is a project they are just trying to make a lil bit of money on and not really investing the time or people to run this little subsectin of indiegogo. As a filmmaker, so far this is is the only option to get onto iTunes so I'm going to stick with them. I just hope they can start updating their systems regulary or do something to speed things up. Till this day, I still don't know if my film is on Amazon yet or not.. and my film has alrady been accepted and running on iTunes for about 5months.

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    Unless things have changed, Amazon VOD is easy to get onto. Before my movie received distribution, I sold it through createspace. It's free and you split the money with their service. But, they literally do all the work. Amazon VOD is one of their markets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byronbcp View Post
    Hi I've been successfully using distribber to distribute my feature film Bang Bang

    I think it's a great service and it's been working out for me so far. The upfront is great if you know that your film is going to sell, as in, you have a marketing plan or you have some sort of niche market that you're hitting, which is true for my film if you look into it.

    a few things which are on the downside:

    1. for netflix streaming.. this can actually only happen if your film has already been accepted by netflix for their DVD que, therefore I haven't even tried it. I only have my film on itunes thru them, and currently awaiting amazon on demand.

    2. Lag time. First off, it takes 3 months for your film to get onto itunes from the moment you submit to distribber. This they didn't tell me until I had already submitted everything. They claim that their "website is not updated". I call bullshit. I guess it takes iTunes a long time to QC your film, but they should have told me ahead of time so that I could have planned my release.

    3. Systems not updating fast enough. So when you have your film LIVE and available on ITunes, and it starts selling, you want to track your sales right? well guess what, their systems don't update regularly, it takes months for it to update. So right now I only have the info for my sales up to april. And sometimes I question if the data they are giving me is accurate or not, there's no way for me to know. There's a lack of communication on their end, they don't email me with updates or anything about what's going on with my film. Everytime i email them it takes days for me to get a response, UNLESS i email their CEO directly. They always tell me they are waiting for iTunes to give them info before distribber data can be updated, or that it takes time for blah blah blah.. sometimes I doubt they even looked at my project b/c they would repsond with something like.. well, IF your film even makes money, then we will update this or that.. but i'm like.. dude, my film has BEEN making money, so for you to respond like that means you didn't even look into it. Lack of customer service.

    in conclusion... it seems like this is a project they are just trying to make a lil bit of money on and not really investing the time or people to run this little subsectin of indiegogo. As a filmmaker, so far this is is the only option to get onto iTunes so I'm going to stick with them. I just hope they can start updating their systems regulary or do something to speed things up. Till this day, I still don't know if my film is on Amazon yet or not.. and my film has alrady been accepted and running on iTunes for about 5months.

    HIt me up on my twitter for a faster response -- twitter.com/byronbcp
    I know that Distribber has updated their team and has a new Operating Manager - Since he has been in this position, their response times have been much faster!


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    Any updates Nick?


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    Hey Guys -

    This is Jason Brubaker from Distribber (and also FilmmakingStuff) - Firstly, I want to thank Nick for taking the time to do a full review of Distribber. I wanted to let all of you know that I care very deeply about Distribber and the service we provide for indie filmmakers.

    I know there are a few people in the thread that are unhappy about our lag time. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. As a filmmaker myself, I was hired to improve this. Some of you have discovered the realities of encoding and you also now know that any hiccup in the QC process can delay delivery. Since joining the team, I have been working to streamline our processes. And it is my hope that in a few months, you will see less lag time and more communication.

    Nick did a good job of covering the basics. But if any of you need additional info, you may want to check out the Distribber FAQs. You are also welcome to email me with additional questions. Jason [AT] Distribber [DOT] com

    Anyway, I wish you well with your projects. And if you are currently experiencing any issues, please reach out to me. I really do want to improve our business - and all suggestions are welcome!

    Sincerely,

    Jason Brubaker
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    Hey Jason! Like I said in the last update on the review, I think Distribber has made a great choice with you. Looking forward to talking to you soon and seeing more of your products!

    Nick Soares


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    Hi Guys,

    The key to getting VOD revenues is covering the whole VOD market, AMAZON, iTunes, Cable VOD and Hulu cover a small portion of total US VOD market. Missing from Distribber's VOD distribution deals are many important VOD revenue sources - DISH, DirecTV, Verizon, ATT Uverse, XBOX, Sony Playstation, Vudu (Walmart) and so on.

    Tunecore has done this model - fixed fee for posting content to iTunes, and I recall one of the unknowns was that most films were only doing $1500 on iTunes. Indie film does not generate $50,000 on iTunes very often, so the benefit of a fixed price model is much mor pronounced if its a big winner, if is typical, there wont be such a clear benefit. Plus, many distributors can help pay that $2000 - $4000 for posting your film, an they will cover 15 VOD sites, not 5, so you may lose 25% to your distributor, but the 75% you get may be able to triple the total dollars in your pocket. A more careful analysis should be done. More distributors will give you a total VOD forecast so you can guesstimate your final ROI and compare.

    NetFlix subscription video on demand (SVOD) is such a big portion of a indie film's potential, filmmakers should be super careful to find the right deal at Netflix by working with a distributor who has access to managing the Netflix queue and who has a signed output deal with Netflix (if possible). Its often best to sell to SVOD services long after all the day and date VOD marketing is done, that way the Netflix queue is longest,the film well sell for. After Netflix SVOD, a bunch of new players in SVOD licensing are emerging, Amazon Prime, DISH, Comcast Streampix, Verizon Redbox etc. SVOD deals are are actually better than a VOD deal. Why? - because 1) they write checks 2) they are not "rev share" 3) the payments come every 90 days consistenly startign 120 days from street date (much sooner than VOD which can be + 9 months) 4) the total dollars are often more than VOD (Fact - in 2012: 94% of all paid VOD online is SVOD versus 6% for VOD). So Distribber is hitting VOD only - and potentially missing SVOD revenue streams, money which is vital to an indie filmmaker.

    Although you may collect 100% of Distribber's VOD revenues, Distribber is missing more than 50% of the transactional VOD market, and not covering the critical SVOD segment beyond Netflix. So it is what you are missing that matters.

    The Cable VOD coverage and revenues from Distribber also raise a question - how are they accessing CABLE VOD? Most likely, I would guess (and I have no info here) - its through an aggregator (InDemand or TVN maybe, I am not sure, or through a studio deal). In many cases, VOD aggreagtors take a big cut of the pie (too big) it can be > 50% or more of all VOD revenues. So Distribber may be giving a filmmaker 100% of all revenues after the middleman's fees are paid, but there is a good chance that those revenues are going to be halved because of other services taking their cuts -- before a filmmaker ever see a dollar.

    What is the rev share that Distribiiber gets (that the filmmaker receives). All VOD revenues come from rev share agmts - but different folks have different rev shares - it can be 80/20 (content rights holder/VOD portals), 70/30, 60/40, 50/50 or worse.

    So the key issue is not what % of the revenues does the filmmaker get - it is the total # of VOD households covered - what % of the total is that - and what is the average revenue share the film distributor has negotiated in their deals.

    Having a fixed fee distribution model looks simple and maybe feels on the surface like a better deal, but it is not that easy. It would help to ask any distributor, how many direct VOD deals do they actually have - and how many aggregators are they using - if a distributors has less than 10 -15 direct VOD deals, then their distribution has to be going though an aggregator and bigger % of your revenues are being lost to more and more middlemen.

    Ask for a list a VOD deals and what average rev share the provider has executed in their deal for, then, with better data, a more complete analysis and ROI can be done of the Distribber VOD option.

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    All very valid points.

    Filmmakers should always evaluate each deal and go where the deal makes the most sense. Distribber is not the correct fit for all filmmakers.

    As an UPDATE - Distribber now offers Filmmaker Direct, which also allows for distribution on major cable, satellite and telco VOD systems.

    More info on this and our other services can be found here:
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    This time Distribber is waiting on me. I need to call back, just been so busy with new baby and upgrading our top websites :)


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    I'm very interested in reading how it all goes/doesn't go with Distribber, as I look at my plans for my feature.


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    You know, I also called Distribber about a month and a half ago with specific questions on NetFilx SVOD. I can't remember the guys name (maybe Ryan, but not sure). He said that NetFilx is probably not such a great deal for indies, as they would probably just offer a small flat fee ($1,000 to $2,000), yet a million people could watch it, which, depending on how you look at it, could be a good or a bad thing. Good in the sense that you got a million views, but in the sense that you didn't make squat.

    However, if you decide to go the NetFilx route, you are almost definitely cutting yourself off from other revenue sources as so many people have streaming NetFilx, (yours truly included). My point being, after I've seen it on NetFilx, what's my motivation to buy it?

    I don't know, but there has got to be a better way.

    BTW, Nick, congratulations about your daughter!


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    That's a good point. I've put some thought into going the Netflix route for my film, and I figure that Netflix streaming is a great -- nay, fantastic option for getting a film truly "out there," but best left as a last step in the distribution process. Like you said, once you go Netflix, literally millions can see it at no additional cost to them, which makes it probably the most enticing option for the viewer.

    Thus, I imagine holding off on a Netflix release until a good period of time after other sources of revenue (VOD, rental, DVD) have been well-tapped might be the best of both worlds. You'd be getting money from those who'd be willing to pay in the first place, and then getting the bulk of your audience (who isn't likely to pay for media anyways) second.


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    UPDATE: Distribber Review April 27th 3:00pm 2013

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    Netflix pays far more than that - probably the #1 source of revenue for indie film VOD is NetFlix - and after 120 day tvod window ends, you will find that 30-50% of all vod revenues come thru svod, we saw $5K a t title, sometimes $20K or $50K, up to $200K and more if the film had a theatrical run in 10 cities (even if you had to 4 wall and pay the ten cities). This day and date model helped increase VOD revenues 3X because in the TVOD window, we got films into the "Still in Theaters" folder on cable systems - had a longer run and less competition in the new release category.

    You'll want to get it up on the Netflix service (not availble just in the Netflix library) before you VOD deal with netflix so friends can add it to their queues, and Netflix can see demand, this will help increase the price. I'd also recommend you work with a real VOD distributor who has a sales agmt already in place with Netflix. VOD distribution companies with longterm relationships will improve the VOD deal at Netflix by 3x - 4 x - DIY VOD distribution approaches are destined to produce 30% of what you can get thru an established VOD distributor, folks like Gaiam, Snag Films, Freestyle, Gravitas, Cinedigm, Image, GoDigital offer 100% market coverage and although you pay 20-30% distribution fee for their service, the size of the revenue pie is 3 times larger because they cover all VOD channels and windows, AVOD, SVOD, TVOD, DVD and redbox. Their reach is 5 X the DIY model.

    In terms of getting paid, find a reputable company first, but be patient. Most VOD companies will give you a sales forecast (its usually is not very scientific but at least you something to review and argue about). It takes 3 - 6 month for all the VOD revenues to be collected and accounted for so dont think its a rip off just because you have not seen your check yet, cable VOD reports more than 120 days in arrears - for jan - march, cable VOD reports revenues April 30th - so first checks are likely to come out in may for films released in January,

    Any questions? Email me steve dot harnsberger at gmail dot com, cheers.

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    Keep updating us on this, please.

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    Well this seals the deal for me. I will go a different route for distribution. I know a sinking ship when I see it.


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    For the past two weeks the "submit" feature on Distribber does not seem to be working. Does anyone know why and for how long? When I click submit it says "Sorry for the inconvenience -- This page is temporarily down while we upgrade our service; please try again later." What's weird is it has been saying this for two weeks.


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    This thread is getting interesting.

    Good luck to those who are having issues and congrats to those who are doing well.

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    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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    I wish there was a distribution system that allowed access to all sales stats, but at least Distribber is trying.


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    Updated a few images to show how innovative Distribber has become.


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    Awesome! Really great improvements.


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    OMG I HATE THIS COMPANY. I am outraged by how technically incompetent and rude these people are, especially Jay Friedman their Director of Sales! Noone in this company knows even the basest thing about computers, like what 1080p even means... it's just incredibly bad, i could complain all day but don't have the time... just fuck these guys. please try ANY other company because iTunes is worth it


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    You're talking about BitMax and not Distribber. But with that said, I know Jay personally. He's a great guy and very knowledgeable. Hopefully you were able to work out your hiccups.

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    OMG I HATE THIS COMPANY. I am outraged by how technically incompetent and rude these people are, especially Jay Friedman their Director of Sales! Noone in this company knows even the basest thing about computers, like what 1080p even means... it's just incredibly bad, i could complain all day but don't have the time... just fuck these guys. please try ANY other company because iTunes is worth it



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