I should have said that the digital rights for *institutional* streaming are perpetual, you pay a small one- time fee (reduced if you own the DVD or VHS already) and then a yearly maintenance fee of $45 per title. I get the feeling the New Day folks would negotiate that yearly maintenance fee for multiple titles. Like I said, it's new, it's in Beta testing, and New Day is of course different from a distributor because the rightsholders basically are the distributors in this case (that is, the filmmaker him/herself).
I'm in the process of setting up a test to mimic the ip access just to make sure it's smooth before I purchase, and yes, I know it's only 70 titles, but my point is it's a good model, and something we can perhaps use as an example for other distributors.
PS I got a quote for perpetual streaming rights of the Ken Burns "The West" from PBS and it wasn't bad ... but too much for the purposes I needed it for (one professor, one online class this summer, 20 students). I suggested he identify "reasonable and limited portions."
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A) It would be a nice coincidence if the professor's needs matched what
New Day was offering online--but pretty rare, I'd guess (anyone who
changes his or her syllabus to fit what's available online should be shot)
B) Pay-per-semester? The librarian in me says, "Feh!" ... Libraries would
be nuts to pop for this kind of ephemeral, limited access, so the students
and faculty would be on their own (at least at Berkeley they would)
C) I applaud my pals at New Day for at least developing a reasonable
pricing model for VoD ...
> New Day Digital is offering the option for an individual to stream one of
> their titles, as an individual user, for 90 days (= about 1 semester) for
> $4.99. 70 titles are available.
> So a professor could assign the title, the student pays only $4.99, and
> has access for 90 days. Cheap, easy, fast.
> Check it out. It's new, and I say BRAVO NEW DAY for a model I can live
> with. (There is also the option for institutional streaming via IP
> address for a very good price.)
> Sarah @ Hofstra
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