FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?
DiGi Distribution is a company that handles all feature film digital distribution. We place feature films in stores such as iTunes, Netflix Watch Instantly, Hulu, and more. We also do the advertising for each film. Each film gets its own advertising campaign to maximize profits for producers.
Where can my film be placed for sale?
With DiGi Distribution your film can be made available to consumers on the following stores in the following territories:
iTunes: US and Canada
Netflix Watch Instantly: US and Canada
Amazon VOD: US only
Hulu: US only
Cable/Satellite/Telco VOD services: US only
We are currently a few months away from offering more online options, and DVD territories sales as well. Check back for more updates.
UPDATE See “Territories DVD” (April 26th 2013)
Where can my film be sold?
DVD US and Canada
What does it cost the producer?
iTunes, Netflix Watch Instantly, Hulu, Amazon:
The only cost involved with DiGi Distribution is the $35 submission fee. This money is for processing, submitting, and watermarking your film for your protection during shipping, file transfers. Many human hours will be put into approving or declining your film, so we truly felt this was a fair
submission fee. If your film is accepted, we will request all the deliverables, DiGi Distribution will pay all the fees for encoding, quality control and any other fees that will occur…
Where do you send your film?
We have two locations. Films that are in the beginning process of approval will go to:
ATTN: Chris Boss
718 i Street
Reedley Ca. 93654
Approved films looking for DVD distribution will go to our DVD Department:
ATTN: Jeff Berry
100 Universal City Plaza, Bungalow 5183
Universal City, CA 91506
If you send any material to Jeff Berry (DiGi Distribution’s President) without prior consent, your film will no longer be considered for distribution. This location is ONLY for approved films.
Do you market the film?
Yes. Advertising a film has many different variables. A film must have a website and trailer that is approved by our team. (We can build your site for you, click HERE to view more) All genres have different markets, so we evaluate many different things for your marketing campaign. We normally start with a small budget ranging from $100 to $1000, and we test the movies analytics from to ad click to the sale. We crunch many different numbers to evaluate a larger “In/Out” campaign, or shift focus to branding the film. Many companies deduct their marketing expenses from the revenue, we do not. We will spend more and more, if it keeps making a profit. This is why DiGi Distribution owning 30% is a good thing, we want to make money too.
Here is a quick sample of a 720×90 banner
How and when do I get my money?
YITunes and Amazon generally send your sales information and money within 60 days after the end of the month in which the sale took place.
DiGi Distribution offers 24-hour access to your sales stats. No more waiting on old-model distributors for reports! You will be able to log into sales.digidistribution.com to see the latest sales that have been reported to us by the stores. We now pay everyone monthly, within 10 business days of every collection. You may choose to receive your funds via Paypal (it’s fast!) or good old fashioned check.
What’s my split with iTunes?
On a $9.99 sale, iTunes pays DiGi Distribution $6.99 – We pay you $4.89 for the single sale. There is no additional fees, no marketing costs, there will be no surprises. We give you 70% of what we collect from iTunes.
What’s my split with Hulu?
Hulu collects advertising revenue based on the number of ads viewed while watching your movie, then pays us 50% of what they collect. If Hulu pays us $10.00 you get $7.00.
What’s my split with Amazon VOD?
Amazon does a 50/50 split. Again, we give you 70% of what we collect.
What’s my split with Netflix Watch Instantly?
Unlike iTunes and Amazon VOD, Netflix’s Watch Instantly service does not pay “per turn.” Instead, they pay a license fee for your film’s Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) rights — usually for one or two years. So, Netflix can stream your film to their subscribers as often as they wish during the term of your agreement, in exchange for the license fee Netflix pays for that term.
What’s my split with Cable/Satellite/Telco?
Each outlet cuts its own deal, so splits vary from cable operator to cable operator. Also, the elements of each film sometimes dictate better terms. As an average, you’ll see close to 50%.
What format must my film be in, to deliver to iTunes in standard def?
What format must my artwork be in, to deliver to iTunes?
Artwork can be a JPEG or TIFF. The images must be 800 × 1200 pixels.
Artwork may NOT include: credit blocks, email addresses, URLs, product tagging, or any other contact information or any pricing information.
For Amazon VOD, you need only provide a standard play-DVD (no data disks or Blue-Rays). This is because Amazon will down-res to DVD quality, so we discourage the expense and risk of creating and delivering other sources.
Does my film get accepted automatically?
Amazon VOD: Yes
Netflix Watch Instantly: No
Cable/Satellite/Telco VOD: No
Our track record is extremely good for getting film and TV content onto iTunes. We have great relationships with all the platforms, but some are more picky than others.
Start by submitting your film’s information by clicking the submit button on DiGi Distribution’s homepage we’ll let you know within two or three weeks. Then, once your film is accepted, you can begin the deliverables process.
How is my film priced?
ITunes pricing is based on date completed (new release vs. library) and whether your film is HD or SD. There are 4 price tiers, and you may choose which you think gives your film it’s best chance. You may change price tiers after your film is live. Just notify us of the change and it’ll be active in a few days.
Amazon allows you to set your retail prices.
Netflix Watch Instantly is a subscription service, and so has no pricing for individual films.
Cable/Satellite/Telco VOD pricing is set by the operator.
What are the acceptance guidelines?
While there are some rare exceptions, your film must:
Your film must NOT
NETFLIX WATCH INSTANTLY
To receive an offer from Netflix for their Watch Instantly service, your film must already be available in Netflix’s database. That is, if you search for your title on www.netflix.com, it is either already available on DVD, or if not, it appears as available to “Save” for the future.
Do you take short films?
Not yet, but we hope to be able to soon.
How long does it take for a film to go live in the iTunes store once paid for?
On average it takes about 90 days, if you have absolutely no QC issues. Most of this time occurs with the encoders, in the QC process. Once iTunes has your approved materials, the process moves very quickly. Please remember, DiGi Distribution does not have control over when your film goes live — but this is an average.
How do I make changes to a film once I have paid for it?
Unfortunately there is no easy way to make changes to a film once you have delivered. We distribute your film immediately to the iTunes encoders for delivery and therefore cannot make changes to the delivered film.
So, be very careful that your information is correct!
How do I take down a film that has already been paid for?
If your film has been live on iTunes for at least twelve months then just contact us and we will process a takedown for you. For films that have not been live for at least twelve months there is an early takedown fee of $95.
Will you be offering access to other platforms, like Playstation, XBox, Babelgum, etc?
Yes! Our aggregator is in discussions to add several more outlets soon. You will be able to submit your film to additional stores.
Do you have an affiliate program?
Yes! We have a very simple affiliate program. If you refer a film that gets approved, you will receive $100.00 Click HERE for more info.
Do you have anything products to offer?
Yes, we are always adding to this list to help filmmakers get from funding to distribution, we currently have a professional successful investor contract that has actually got this company where it is today. Go to the Investor Contract Investor Contract page for more info