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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    darryl, 2 Jul 2010 @ 5:29pm

    why suckers ?

    Because you are asked to pay for something, that does not exist, that you do not know its quality, and may never even be created.

    When you buy a book, you do not have to pay for the book, AND pay for the auther to write the sequal, or the final chapter.

    So your a sucker because based on nothing, you are paying for something that does not exist, they may never exist, and if it does exist you might not like it.

    Generally you pay for what you get, not what you hope to get at some time in the undertermined future.

    No I dont work for the movie or music industry, and what has that to do with anything, does who you work for determine your logic and belief system ?

    Does not for me, you see im more interested in what is right, not what you want to hear.

    All im saying is that a one off attempt is not a model, and its doubtfull that it is sustainable, or will result in QUALITY content, and not just content.

    Because rubbish is not good value at any price.. including free.

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