While major video streaming subscription sites like Netflix and Hulu have been busy making deals with major networks and big-budget original programming, little indie films and tv shows finally seem to be finding profitable platforms online.After crowd-funding helped support a Veronica Mars movie starting Kristen Bell, a little independent film, also starting Bell and known as Some Girl(s), is getting play time on Vimeo On-Demand. That’s right — the step child of user-sourced video creation has launched a paid site based on one-off sales to independent movies. The site is reportedly keeping 10% of profits, allowing independent film makers to retain more profits, as well.Meanwhile, T-Mobile just launched its T-Mobile TV app for the iPhone, which lets subscribers get access to a variety of cable channel programs for $12.99 a month. (The company already launched a paid subscription app for Android devices). Subscribers will also be able to subscribe to additional premium packs of content ranging from $5.99 to $7.99 per month.The entrance of wireless providers into the streaming video subscription industry is a little disconcerting, as these carriers already have built-in audiences and more financial resources. However, in an effort to play big they often stay big, and thus, independent film and television creators will still be able to target alternate audiences better through the Internet than any previous medium. In addition, major carriers like T-Mobile have to launch separately on many devices, whereas site-based video streaming is able to make video available on multiple devices, a far better benefit to consumers.
Vimeo and T-Mobile Launch Paid, On-Demand Streaming Video
While major video streaming subscription sites like Netflix and Hulu have been busy making deals with major networks and big-budget original programming, little indie