Linked by Eugenia Loli on Tue 5th Jun 2007 23:38 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Times change. When the movies came about people said that it was a trend that will die soon. When the TV came out, even more people said that it won't catch on. And here we are again, at the dawn of IPTV, finding the first professionally-made, web-only, live action series: Sanctuary. Co-created by one of Sci-Fi Channel's Stargate SG-1 producers, Stage3Media's Damian Kindler was very kind to answer some of our questions about the promising project, which recently even hit a Guinness record as the most expensive web-only production ever ($4.5 million CDN). You can view behind-the-scenes and previews here and the first full 17-minute webisode here (includes a cameo of Stargate: Atlantis' own David Hewlett), while you can support the project by buying the HD DRM-free version of the webisodes at the official site. Read more in our interview inside!
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rklrkl
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2005-07-06

Is it just me or is releasing 8 episodes that are only 15 minutes each and each spread 2 weeks apart and cost over $2 per episode (OK, less if you buy the lot in one go) quite a bizarre and costly way to sell a programme?

Yes, I realise it cost a lot to make, but getting drip-fed high-priced short episodes across the space of over 3 months is a sure way to encourage disinterest in your offering. Basically, they're offering the equivalent of a 2-hour sci-fi movie for up to $16 (not far away from the cost of a DVD) as a download-only option that you'll have to wait 14 weeks to see completely (and hand-join the parts [e.g. avimerge] to avoid any gaps :-) ). Doesn't sound too great when you put it that way - maybe they will offer the whole thing as one big download later on at a cheaper price once all 8 episodes are out there?

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Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

This will eventually have to work like every other future media distribution: persistent tracking of what properties a user has bought, and then 24/7 delivery of any mediums they want the property in. So any episode of this that you buy would be remembered by the website which gives you assorted download file formats, including streaming. And if you end up buying every episode, you're naturally also given access to a full length version of them.

If a show was popular enough, it could pay its way with micropayments per-watch or advertisements.

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Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

It's $22.5 for the HD download in two bundles. And if you add-in the cost of a couple blank DVDs and a DVD case, and maybe a couple DVD labels and ink, then it is even more.

I find it far too expensive for two hours of download-then-burn-yourself video, especially bearing in mind that the intro and credits are probably included 8 times over, so there might be a lot less than 2 hours of real content in the end.

If there were 16 episodes at the same price it would feel like a whole season for a cartoon like Dexter's Lab, or Dragon Ball or whatever, and it would be a lot more palatable.

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StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

Agreed. I like the model used by RoosterTeeth (RedVsBlue, The Strangerhood, etc) a bit better - flat subscription fee for the season (for hi-res episodes), with DVDs available at the end of each season.

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