I hope i am not breaking any forum rules. Please tell me where to post this if this is not the correct place.
We are a small distribution company with less than 50 films to start with. i would like to have 2 roku channels. 1 channel for cult, horror, action, etc and 1 channel for regular drama, docs, etc.
we are aggressively signing new films but right now cannot afford the higher prices some of the developers charge. i have found 2 low cost options so far but wanted to get input from the pros out there on how good they are or if you have any other suggestions.
1) AdRise - no cost for development/entry, but takes 50% revenue share. must have a certain number of films(100 i believe) to have your own channel, until then, films are on their ADC channel
2) Instant Roku Channel - Cloud-Based Channel Production System. http://www.instanttvchannel.com/ but still need to find 3rd party storage to host files. would need to find the most affordable storage
does anybody have any other low cost entry suggestions.
i would like to go with a company that also provides storage with the service if possible.
Thank you again to anybody who can give me some advice.
I am confused about #InstantTVChannel . I want to try some channel creation, primarly for low traffic to see how it goes. Their free account says "100% cloud based, no server needed" then a few lines below it contradicts itself with "Stream from any public web server, hosting service, storage system, or content delivery network dire..." so what is it? do they get me a limited cloud to host something, or do I need to get myself a server?
@degt The "no server needed" refers to not needing a server to host and manage your Roku channel's metadata (channel layout, stream URLs, poster URLs, colors, message text, and so on), and if you are using video ads in your channel you don't need to use a video ad server.
Neither Instant TV Channel nor Roku Inc hosts your videos or images for your Roku channel. Instead Instant TV Channel allows you to use any content delivery networks or image hosting services that you wish. You can even use multiple CDNs or images hosting services within the same channel.
Hosting your videos on a single server is probably a bad idea, at least for a public Roku channel where you expect to have a significant number of viewers watching it at the same time. Even a small channel with only a few dozen simultaneous viewers can strain a typical dedicated server, and you don't even want to try it using a shared server on a web hosting service. Instead you should be looking for a content delivery network or online video provider. These are companies that specialize in delivering video streams by deploying your video content across large numbers of geographically dispersed servers.
As @Baradanikto suggests, you can email me directly (scott@InstantTvChannel.com) for more information, or call the support number on the Instant TV Channel website.