Amazon Video Direct – A New Way to Make Money
Amazon just recently launched their new service called Amazon Video Direct (AVD) which allows creators to upload their own videos to Amazon Prime Video to generate royalties much like their competitor, YouTube. This new way to make money is slightly different from YouTube in that they offer various options to earn money from your videos.
- Buy or Rent: You can select the option for users to buy or rent your videos and receive 50% of the net revenue
- Included with Amazon Prime: Make the content available for Amazon Prime members and earn $0.15 for every hour your content is streamed
- Free with Ads: Make your content free with ads and receive 55% of net ad revenue (which is similar to what YouTube currently provides)
- Add-on Subscriptions: Make your content available to only those with add-on subscriptions and get 50% of net monthly revenue
Another interesting thing is it may be a competitor for Netflix as well. Here’s why.
Currently, if you want to make money by making ad-free TV shows you’d have to talk to major network executives and pitch them to play your show. This is incredibly hard as you may guess since there’s so many other great content creators with a much bigger budget than most of us. Our chances of getting approved and our content showed is very slim to none.
With Amazon Video Direct’s payment model, they provide a way for those content creators to post their content and guarantee that if their show proves to be popular then they will get paid. This just opened a whole world of opportunity for content creators without the whole bureaucracy of being approved and seeing whether or not there’s high enough demand for their content.
This could mean that indie filmmakers may move toward AVD as a source to display their work instead since AVD allows anyone to upload content and get paid per hour streamed.
AVD Stars – Get a Share of $1 million Per Month
Amazon also launched AVD Stars which is a promotion designed to attract more content creators to their new service. How it works is that they will give creators a share of $1 million per month based on customer engagement with their title.
The first bonus distributions will be based on steaming activity between the period of June 1st to June 30th. This will be determined by the top 100 AVD titles in Prime Video and is paid on top of any other revenue earned as a bonus. Any creator who use AVD will automatically qualify.
If you’re interested in this new money making opportunity you can sign up with AVD here.
Let me know how it goes!