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The Ugly Truth About Streaming Services: How They're Ripping Off Independent Filmmakers

"The Ugly Truth About Streaming Services: How They're Ripping Off Independent Filmmakers"

The streaming wars have revolutionized the way we consume entertainment, but beneath the surface lies a sinister reality. Streaming services are exploiting independent filmmakers, paying them peanuts for their hard work and creativity.




Tubi, for instance, pays a paltry $7 per 1,000 streams. That's less than a cent per view! Amazon Prime Video Direct isn't much better, offering a mere $0.06 per hour-long video. YouTube, the supposed champion of independent creators, pays a whopping $1.50 to $3 per 1,000 views. That's barely enough to cover the cost of a latte.

But wait, it gets worse. Netflix, the self-proclaimed savior of independent film, pays a "generous" $3,000 to $50,000 per film. That's a fraction of what they spend on marketing their own original content. Hulu and Vimeo aren't much better, with payments ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 per film.



And don't even get me started on the domestic theatrical release, home video, and television license deals. Filmmakers are lucky to get 35% of gross revenues, and that's only if they're lucky. Foreign distribution? Forget about it, you'll be lucky to get 15% of gross revenues.




The truth is, streaming services are taking advantage of independent filmmakers' desperation to get their work seen. They're paying them scraps, while raking in billions in profits. It's time for filmmakers to stand up and demand fair compensation for their work.

"The revolution will not be televised, but it will be streamed... for a price."



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