What do you offer?
We help filmmakers and distributors rent out their films online. With filmbinder you get your own website to promote your film, together with an integrated pay per view solution. If you have a website already, you can use filmbinder as a pay per view checkout tool to offer video on demand to your audience. We also list your films in our film catalog to bring you additional traffic. We offer encoding services as well. Just mail us a DVD and we will handle the rest. Our customer support assists you in all steps to get your films online.
How did you get started?
We developed filmbinder to distribute one of our own films. We couldnâ€™t find any service provider or distributor that would offer us what we can now offer you: to keep all revenues and all rights. Ever since we put our film online, it rented out over 1,600 times. Since filmbinder was useful to us, we decided to offer it to other filmmakers and distributors as well.
Where are you located?
We are located in Los Angeles, California. Our primary servers are located in Los Angeles, California and Phoenix, Arizona. We are currently expanding into European markets as well.
Why Video on Demand?
Looking at where the film industry is heading, itâ€™s easy to see that soon all the content will be consumed either in movie theaters or on web-enabled screens (TVs and mobile devices). Just like the VHS format naturally died off, soon the era of DVDs will pass away. Video on demand (VOD) is the next stage of the film medium evolution.
No need to order DVDs and wait several days for them to arrive. No need to drive to the next Video rental store that only offers a small selection of mainstream blockbusters. No need to buy DVDs, if you only want to watch a film once. Over the web you have instant access to a much broader base of films of all genres at more affordable rates and you can watch your film where and when you want, at home on your TV or desktop, or on the road on your laptop, iPad, or iPhone.
No need to burn lots of DVDs, and stand in line at the postal office each time you want to send a batch, loosing time on delivery, not knowing if the recipient will ever watch your film. You can deliver your film digitally over the web to thousands of people with a mouse click, and you can track who actually watched your film and when.
Through VOD you can finally offer what film audiences really want: lower prices, instant access, and availability on any web-enabled device. All at the while you save on typical costs and delays associated with DVD printing, storage and shipping.
Do people rent or buy my films?
On filmbinder, people rent your films. Renting is the most preferred way to consume films, as people usually want to watch a film just once.
Why do I need a website?
A website is better than a business card. Not only does it help you interact with people, but you can also promote and monetize your work. You should have one early in the game, as it will serve you well though all stages of production. Already in pre-production a website can help you when looking for financing or when searching for your cast and crew, to show your ideas and get people excited. During production and post-production you can use it to share takes and edits with your cast and crew. And of course once the film is made, it helps you to get your content out there, and start earning revenues.
I will build my own website.
We encourage everyone to have a website for their film. For those who donâ€™t want to reinvent the wheel, and who want to avoid spending thousands of dollars and months on web development with all the pitfalls and risks that entails, filmbinder offers you a one stop solution, where design, hosting, streaming and payment have already been figured out for you. And since we provide this service to many other filmmakers and distributors, we can reduce costs by economies of scale. With filmbinder you pay less for hosting and a website, than what you would typically spend on a simple hosting plan alone.
Just to give you an example: To develop just a basic website, you would probably have to spend $1,000 to $2,000. And you would have to get a hosting plan of $15 - $35 / month to operate that website. Not only would you end up paying more per month for hosting alone, but with $2,000 you could run your film on filmbinder for more than 16 years.
I already have a website.
Thatâ€™s great. Leverage your traffic by offering Pay Per View to your audience. All you need to do is add a simple Watch Now button. How do I add a Watch Now button on my website?
On filmbinder, filmmakers get one rental out of every 90 visits, and make $1 every 37 visits, in average. You know your traffic of your website, so you can do the math on how much revenues you are missing out each month. And we also list your film in our catalog to bring you additional traffic.
I already have distribution.
Congratulations. filmbinder can still complement your distribution.
Maybe your distribution is non-exclusive, then you can always add more distribution channels. And if your distribution is exclusive, then probably only for certain territories? You can still distribute to other countries. Or perhaps your distribution is limited to DVDs. Why not distribute in other media as well and reach out to new customers?
With filmbinder you can expand your current distribution to new media and to the rest of the 240 territories in the world. Our geoblocking feature allows you to exclude territories, so you can honor your current or any future distribution deals. And if you want your distributor to bring your films online let them know about filmbinder, it will make their work easier!
I am a distributor myself.
We are not a distributor, rather a specialized film hosting company. We help you distribute. With filmbinder you can complement your DVD or TV distribution with a Pay Per View solution. Open up a new distribution channel and reach out to new customers who want to enjoy your films instantly on their computers or mobile devices. You need to prepare for the future, if you want to stay in the game. Why Video on Demand?