“How To Use An Aggregator To Get Distribution"

As an aggregator, Distribber is one of only a few preferred companies from whom major platforms (like iTunes, Hulu, Amazon, VuDu, Netflix, FandangoNow and others) acquire content. In addition to access, our service includes encoding, quality control and delivery. Pay only for the distribution services you want. Then enjoy 100% of the benefit of your film’s success. Get started today by clicking the Submit button below


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What is Video On Demand Distribution?

Video On Demand distribution is comprised of several categories including Transactional Video On Demand (TVOD), Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) and Advertising Supported Video On Demand (AVOD). While you are welcome to create your own release strategy, our service is set up to help you maximize your earning potential. We recommend that you release content in following order:

  • Transactional VOD
  • Subscription VOD
  • Ad Supported VOD

The reason for this is simple. If you release content "for free" in a subscription service, will your audience ever actually pay money for it?

TVOD is an abbreviation for transactional video on demand. With TVOD, audiences can only watch your content after they click a “buy now” button and transact.

How is my film priced in TVOD platforms?

In transactional platforms, pricing is based on date completed (new release vs. library) and whether your film is in HD or SD. There are pricing tiers for each platform and you may choose a price within the tier. We recommend that you choose the final prices before your film goes live.

Please note: You may change price tiers or any other information after your film has gone live, but after the delivery there is a $100 fee for the metadata change.

What popular TVOD platforms do you offer?

Here are the popular TVOD platforms offered by Distribber:

iTunes: Available to your audience through millions of Apple devices, iTunes is a popular destination to access and enjoy premium content. With a clean interface and purchase process, Apple users are just a few clicks away from buying your content.

  • Available for shorts, TV Episodics and Feature Films.
  • Customers on iTunes may download your film as a purchase or rental.
  • You may suggest retail pricing for purchase.
  • iTunes will sell both HD and SD versions of your film.
  • You may submit as SD-only.
  • You're compensated for each sale.
  • Pays 70% for purchase and 60% for rental.

Amazon AIV: Available on millions of smart televisions and devices, Amazon is one of the most popular marketplaces in the world. Amazon provides customers with an easy way to access premium content.

  • Customers on Amazon Instant Video (AIV) may download your film as a purchase or rental.
  • You may suggest retail pricing for purchase.
  • Amazon will sell both HD and SD versions of your film.
  • You may submit as SD-only.
  • You're compensated for each sale.
  • Pays 50% for purchase and 50% for rental.
  • Available for shorts, features and TV series.

Google Play: Formerly known as the Android Market, is the official app store for Android smartphones and tablets. Google makes software applications, music, movies and books available for purchase and download through the store.

  • Customers on Google Play may download your film as a purchase or 24-hr rental.
  • The Google Play Store's editorial staff decides what films they will and won't accept.
  • Google Play sets its prices.
  • Google Play will sell both HD and SD versions of your film; HD at a higher price.
  • You're paid per sale or rental.
  • Available for shorts, features and TV series.

VUDU: Owned by WalMart, VUDU is a transactional platform that allows your audience to rent, buy and watch your film in either standard definition or high definition.

  • Customers on VUDU may download your film as a purchase or 24-hr rental.
  • You may recommend a selling price but VUDU decides the final price.
  • VUDU will sell both HD and SD versions of your film.
  • You may submit as SD-only.
  • You're paid per sale or rental.
  • Available for features only.

Sony Play Station Network (PSN): Originally conceived for the PlayStation video game consoles, Sony PSN now allows your audience to watch films on smartphones, tablets and high-definition televisions.

  • Customers on PLAYSTATION may download your film as a purchase or 24-hr rental.
  • You may recommend a selling price but PLAYSTATION decides the final price.
  • SONY pays 60% for Day and Date, or 50% for New Release.
  • You may NOT submit as SD-only.
  • You're paid per sale or rental.
  • Available for features and TV series.

Xbox: Powered by Microsoft, thus service allows consumers to rent or buy movies from Microsoft via Xbox consoles, smartphones, tablets and high definition televisions.

  • Customers on XBOX may download your film as a purchase or 24-hr rental.
  • You may recommend a selling price but XBOX decides the final price.
  • XBOX will sell both HD and SD versions of your film.
  • You may NOT submit as SD-only.
  • You're paid per sale or rental.
  • Available for features only.

Steam: This service originally focused on providing consumers with a way to buy and rent video games. With a strong customer base, the service now includes a vast selection feature films.

  • Customers on Steam may download your film as a purchase or 24-hour rental.
  • You may suggest retail pricing for purchase.
  • Steam will sell both HD and SD versions of your film.
  • You are compensated for each customer transaction.
  • Available for features only.

FandangoNOW: Your audience can now watch films via FandangoNOW. The platform allows your audience to download or stream content from your Smart TV, computer or portable device.

  • Customers on FandangoNOW may download your film as a purchase or 24-hour rental.
  • You may suggest retail pricing for purchase.
  • FandangoNOW will sell both HD and SD versions of your film.
  • You are compensated for each customer transaction.
  • Available for features only.

What popular SVOD platforms do you offer?

SVOD is an abbreviation for subscription video on demand. Subscribers pay a monthly fee and have access to unlimited programming. We offer the following SVOD platforms:

Netflix: As one of the most popular SVOD platforms in the world, Netflix offers filmmakers an opportunity to potentially get content in front of millions of people.

First we conduct an internal Netflix evaluation. Then if your content gets past our acquisitions team, it will be added to our monthly Netflix pitch. It's normally 6-8 weeks before we come back with a decision. If your film is declined, you will receive a refund minus $120 for processing.

If Netflix is interested in your content, they will offer a licensing deal for one or two years.

  • Netflix subscribers may stream your film during the term of your agreement.
  • You are paid a negotiated license fee that covers the entire term (you're not paid per-view).
  • This deal is separate from Netflix's DVD deals.
  • Available for features and TV series.

Amazon Prime: Available on smart televisions and devices, Amazon Prime offers a way to reach millions of Amazon Video customers.

  • Customers on Amazon Prime may stream your content.
  • You're compensated 15 cents for every hour viewed.
  • Available for shorts, features and TV series.

Hulu: A joint venture with The Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox, Hulu is a popular destination with millions of subscribers eager to watch TV series and movies online.

First we conduct an internal Hulu evaluation. Then if your content gets past our acquisitions team, it will be added to our monthly Hulu pitch. It's normally 6-8 weeks before we come back with a decision. If your film is declined, you will receive a refund minus $120 for processing.

If Hulu is interested in your content, they will offer a licensing deal for one or two years.

  • Hulu is a subscription based Video On Demand (SVOD) service supported by ads.
  • You are paid a negotiated license fee that covers the entire term (you're not paid per-view).
  • Available for features and TV series.

What popular AVOD platforms do you offer?

AVOD is an abbreviation for advertisement supported video on demand. is paid for with commercials and other forms of advertising. Here in the United States, TubiTV is a popular AVOD platform. TubiTV pays a portion of ad revenue.

Here are the popular AVOD platforms offered by Distribber:

TubiTV: As a popular AVOD platform, TubiTV allows your audience to watch free movies and TV shows online in HD on any device.

First we conduct an internal TubiTV evaluation. Then if your content gets past our acquisitions team, it will be added to our monthly TubiTV pitch. It's normally 6-8 weeks before we come back with a decision. If your film is declined, you will receive a refund minus $120 for processing.

  • Tubi TV is an ad supported Video On Demand (AVOD) service.
  • The Tubi TV acquisitions team decides what films to accept.
  • You're paid 50% of the ad revenue generated.
  • Accepts features and TV series.

What does it cost me?

This depends on the service. We are constantly enhancing our offering so we can serve more and more filmmakers. So for the most up to date pricing, platform options and package deals submit your info here:

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Why do you charge an upfront fee?

Getting content into popular marketplaces is a rigorous and time intensive process. Our upfront submission fee covers file ingestion, review, encoding, quality control (Q/C), delivery, general accounting, 24/7 ticket support (clients only) and quarterly reporting.

What other fees do you charge?

After the first year, we charge $150 per year for each film and $375 per year for each television series. We pay out quarterly and charge $16 per disbursement.

Think of Distribber as a management service. You pay us, and then we manage your account while you receive 100% of your revenue.

What if I have a half dozen films. Can you cut me a deal?

Yes! If you have six or more films, please contact us for volume rates.

My files are HUGE! How do I send them?

After you place your order, we will email you with delivery instruction. You can either upload the large files via our uploader or you can physically ship a hard drive to us.

Do you charge anything for shipping?

If you choose to physically deliver your files via a hard drive, you can either provide us with a prepaid FedEx number, or we can send you an invoice to cover shipping.

When do I get my money?

Each platform pays and reports a little differently. So first we wait for all the platforms pay us. Then we gather all your money from the platforms and we disburse funds within 90 days after the close of the quarter in which the payments were received.

Can you send me a check or PayPal?

You may choose to receive your funds via PayPal (it’s fast!) or the good old-fashioned check.

How do I see my estimated sales?

Some platforms report estimated earnings daily. Some of the platforms report monthly. Either way, Distribber offers 24-hour access to the most recent data we have available for you. No more waiting on old-model distributors to send you reports!

Just log in to your account to see the latest sales estimates that have been reported to us by the stores.

aggregator estimated sales stats

We are always working to improve our system. Your feedback is always welcome.

How come my estimated earnings are a little different from the actuals?

At the end of each month, the platforms deduct any refunds, chargebacks and adjust for foreign exchange rates before they send us the final amount. For this reason, we built the dashboard to reflect both estimated revenue and actual revenue. Use the estimated projections to inform your marketing. Use the actuals to inform your investors!

Technical Requirements

What do you need from me?

We will need the feature, trailer, artwork/poster and the closed captions file.

Are closed captions required for delivery?

Yes. For acceptance into popular platforms within the US, closed captions are required in the .scc file format.

Can I be exempt from creating a Closed Caption file?

No. Closed Captioning is the requirement for content providers to maintain active status within popula platforms. They are not honoring exemptions to the regulation.

What if I don’t have closed captions?

We offer closed caption creation services for feature films, short films, and TV series. (After you place your initial order, your designated project manager will provide detail.)

What file format do I need to deliver?

Your feature and trailer must be in ProRes 422 HQ format and can be uploaded with the rest of the assets through our system. You can also send us your files on a hard drive.

Here are technical specs for SD and HD submissions for features / trailers / TV episodes

HD VIDEO DELIVERY

  • Apple ProRes 422 HQ
  • QuickTime .mov
  • 1920x1080
  • 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 fps

SD VIDEO DELIVERY

  • Apple ProRes 422 HQ
  • QuickTime .mov
  • 720x480 or 720x486 (NTSC) 720x576 (PAL)
  • 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97 fps

AUDIO DELIVERY

  • 16 or 24-Bit depth
  • 8CH (5.1 + Stereo) or 2CH Stereo
  • 5.1 Surround audio (if available) - L, R, C, LFE, Ls, Rs
  • 2.0 Stereo - Left Total, Right Total

CLOSED CAPTIONING OR SUBTITLE(S)

  • closed captioning - .scc or .cap
  • subtitles - .itt, .stl, or .srt

ARTWORK

  • 2000 x 3000 pi @ 75 dpi
  • Layered .psd (art and title treatment/text) or .jpg
  • No credit blocks, company logos, festival laurels, URLs, release dates, or any other promotional material.

Where can my film be placed for sale?

Your initial submission includes Unites States and Canada.

Does Distribber offer foreign distribution?

Yes! Some platforms are available in dozens of territories worldwide. After you place your initial order, your designated project manager can help expand the reach of your film. For non-English territories, you will need subtitles and localized artwork. (Additional rates may apply.)

Does my film need an official MPAA rating?

Your film does not need an official MPAA rating. But your film must be no racier than an MPAA R rating. This means it can’t be pornographic or excessively violent.

Do you accept home videos?

No. Please do not submit home videos.

Do you accept instructional videos?

Yes! But the options are limited to Amazon and Amazon Prime.

Do I need all my paperwork?

You will need to clear all licenses (music or any other) prior to submitting to us.

How long does it take for a film to go live?

Getting content into popular marketplaces is a rigorous and time intensive process. Our service covers ingestion, encoding, quality control, review and delivery. On average this process takes about 90 days, if you have absolutely no quality control issues. (Please note, this is an average timeframe for a delivery. Each submission is unique.)

How do I make changes to a film once it has been delivered?

Unfortunately there is no easy way to make changes to a film once it has been delivered. So be very careful and make sure that your footage is final and ready for submission.

How do I take down a film that has already gone live?

If you decide to remove your film from the platform, we will process a takedown for you. The takedown fee is $200 per platform.

I live outside the US. Do I need a US tax identification number?

Yes. If you live outside the US and your intended market is the US, you will need a US tax identification number. To obtain it, you will need to fill out and submit the form W-7 from the official IRS (Internal Revenue Service) website http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw7.pdf.

If you limit your release to your home country, no US tax identification number is required.

Do you have any social media accounts?

Yes. We have a Facebook page, which is facebook.com/Distribber, and a Twitter page, which is twitter.com/Distribber.

Can I change any info about the film after it goes live?

Yes. Just note that after the delivery, additional charges may apply.

Will you do anything to help market my movie?

Officially, we say no, but in reality we always discuss promotional strategies with the platform you are placed on. We push for prominent placement on the iTunes Independent Film and Documentaries homepages and to tie-in with other iTunes properties (film and music) when relevant.

We work with Hulu to help determine best placement. We work with MSOs to pick favorable release dates and other opportunities. And of course we promote many clients’ films through our social media networks and our mailing list.

Get started today by clicking the Submit Now button.

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