TV Show Released On BitTorrent Raises $20,000 Pretty Damn Fast

from the but-there-are-no-business-models dept

You may have seen the recent stories about the "TV show" Pioneer One that was made with the plan all along to release the show on BitTorrent, and to set up a tiered system to fund future episodes. While some people insist that BitTorrent users never download authorized content, after the show was released, it quickly became a top download beating out lots of more "famous" competitors. On top of that, it appears that people are donating. Zubin Madon alerts us to the news that in just about a week, the producers of the show have hit their goal of raising $20,000 to produce the next batch of episodes. This isn't a "give it away and pray" sort of deal. It's a recognition that the first episode is the "pilot" and the scarcities that are being sold are the creation of more episodes. This is one of the more complicated scarcities for people to understand: content, once created and released to the world, is infinite. However, content not yet created is scarce. So it's a perfectly reasonable business model to try to sell the creation of new content, which is exactly what the producers here have done successfully.

And, to cut off the expected usual crew of Hollywood defenders in the comments, no I'm not saying that all TV shows/movies/etc. should or could be funded this way. And, yes, $20,000 is definitely a very low budget. But it is an example of this sort of model working, and there's certainly no indication that it can't or won't scale.

Filed Under: bittorrent, crowdfunding, funding, pioneer one, tv shows


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    ECA (profile), 1 Jul 2010 @ 4:56pm

    Premise

    Premise
    to release a MOVIE to the net..
    To get nit torrent users to Download it..
    Then to pay for it?..

    Ok..
    1 it was a NEW show? A pilot..ok.
    It was not a PRESENT MOVIE IN THEATERS..
    It WASNT OVER PRICED..$5 for Cheap Donation..DONT HAVE TO DONATE.

    Understand something here.
    TV/CABLE/SAT are only distribution systems.
    you have to GET them to SHOW your movie, or YOU PAY for the time(lots of money)..
    So they created their OWN distribution. They DIDNT need to get an OK from the TV/CABLE/.. They didnt PAY to Broadcast the show..They have gotten MONEY without Paying for the service or ADVERTISING.

    The Downloaders get the Movie WHEN and WHERE they want it. FAST access, and you can watch it in about 1-2 hours, or AT YOUR LEISURE..

    What is the DOWNSIDE for the customer getting an UNRELEASED TO TV/CABLE/SAT/THEATER movie?? Tons.

    What is the UP SIDE to the TV/CABLE/.. corps..A lesson.

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