How to take my content to the world?
The first thing , register as a user of our self-distribution service. This step is quick and absolutely free. Once you have registered, you can order your first project. This step requires you to complete basic metadata for your film, pick the territories you want to sell in and give us information about the assets you are going to send us. If you have all of the information readily available this step takes about 15 minutes. Before submitting you’ll be asked to agree to our contract and terms of service. Once the project has been submitted, you will receive an estimate for the work to be done. Once the estimate is approved you will receive a link to our upload software, where you’ll be able to start sending files!
What are the minimum requirement to take film to the stores?
Please download the complete list of requirement and checklist from here.
What is Video On Demand Distribution?
There are a few categories of retailers: TVOD, CABLE VOD, SVOD, AVOD, and FREE VOD. Most distribution professionals agree that you should explore your [digital distribution] opportunities in the following order:
The best way to understand VOD platforms is to divide them into categories:
- Transactional VOD (TVOD): Audience pays for individual videos on demand. Think iTunes, VUDU, Vimeo on Demand.
- Subscription VOD (SVOD): Audience pays a subscription fee for access to content. Advertisements are limited or nonexistent. Think Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu Commercial Free.
- Ad-Supported VOD (AVOD): Content is free to audience with advertising. Think Hulu, YouTube, SnagFilms.
How long will it take to release film on VOD/SVOD platforms?
We recommends selecting an EST/VOD start date at least 2 months after an order is submitted to us. Here’s why:
1. It takes us about 15 days to process all files and metadata for delivery.
- Please Note: Processing time could increase if we needs to request new files or metadata.
2. It takes retailers about a month to process all files and metadata.
3. We recommends a 1-month pre-order window for marketing if delivering a title to iTunes.
What happens if my film is rejected by UvFlix or the platform?
This depends on the stage at which the title is rejected*:
- Logging – If we find an issue at the logging stage that can be corrected, you will have to fix the problem and resubmit your materials, at no additional cost.
- Quality Control (QC) – If we find issues that can be corrected during the QC process we will correct minor issues at no charge**. If we find that an issue is not correctable during QC, we will return of your material.
- If your content passes our QC process but fails at the delivery stage or is rejected by Apple, we will not publish it again and arrange refunds if any.
Can I submit a short film?
Yes, we also accepts short films. A film that has a runtime less than 40 minutes is considered a short film. Currently, only iTunes, Google Play and Amazon accept short film content.
What does localization mean?
Most territories will require localization of your content. Localization refers to closed captioning, subtitling and/or ratings and/or Censor Certificate required for distribution in a given territory.
Do I need a Censor rating to make my film available on the platforms?
Ratings are not required for most territories, including the US and Canada. The main countries that require ratings are: United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Brunei, India, and South Africa. Rating requirements vary by platform.
You can read more about the processes to have content rated by individual boards on these websites:
When will I receive my royalty payment?
- The time it takes a retailer to remit your royalty payment to UvFlix depends on how the retailer structures their sales period. Retailers generally have monthly or quarterly sales periods.When a sales period ends, retailers take approximately 30 days to do their accounting and remit sales proceeds to UvFlix. In turn, UvFlix requires approximately 30 days for their own accounting before disbursing your royalty payment, though UvFlix will generally pay well-ahead of this 30-day period.Netflix remits to UvFlix quarterly installments with your first installment paid in the month following your title’s release on Netflix.For example, if your title goes live on Netflix in January, Netflix will typically pay UvFlix your first installment by the end of February and UvFlix will remit this payment to you no later than the end of March.Royalty Payments by RetailerUsing January 2016 as an example here is a chart showing time from sale to payment for all retail outlets.
Retailer Sales Period Sale Date Client Paid Amazon Direct Monthly *** January 1st, 2016 May 31st, 2016 Amazon Instant Video – US Monthly *** January 1st, 2016 May 31st, 2016 Amazon Instant Video – UK/DE Monthly ** January 1st, 2016 April 30th, 2016 DirecTV Monthly January 1st, 2016 March 31st, 2016 Dish Monthly January 1st, 2016 March 31st, 2016 Google Play Monthly January 1st, 2016 March 31st, 2016 Hoopla Monthly January 1st, 2016 March 31st, 2016 Hulu Quarterly January 1st, 2016 June 30th, 2016 InDemand Monthly ** January 1st, 2016 April 30th, 2016 iTunes Monthly January 1st, 2016 March 31st, 2016 Microsoft Monthly January 1st, 2016 March 31st, 2016 Netflix Quarterly January 1st, 2016 March 31st, 2016 Sling Monthly January 1st, 2016 March 31st, 2016 Sony Entertainment Network Quarterly January 1st, 2016 June 30th, 2016 Steam Monthly January 1st, 2016 March 31st, 2016 Vimeo On Demand Monthly January 1st, 2016 March 31st, 2016 Vubiquity Monthly ** January 1st, 2016 April 30th, 2016 Vudu Monthly January 1st, 2016 March 31st, 2016
*UvFlix may withhold royalty payments for any the following reasons:
- Accumulated royalties have not met the $100 (~Rs 6500) minimum payable threshold
- UvFlix has incomplete payment information (i.e. no GST no, PAN Card or banking details)
- You may have overdue invoices and have been non-responsive to collection attempts whereby your royalty earnings may be withheld pending resolution of your outstanding balance (withholding of royalties is not a substitute for invoice payment).
** These retailers require an additional 30 days of processing prior to remitting payment to UvFlix.
*** Amazon Instant Video US requires an additional 60 days of processing prior to remitting payment to UvFlix.
What happens if I offer my film on Prime?
A customer who does not have an Amazon Prime membership must pay to rent titles on the Amazon Video storefront. If you offer your film for rental (VOD), then customers must pay a certain fee to rent your title for 48 hours. If you also offer your film for Amazon Prime, then customers who have an Amazon Prime membership can stream your title for free on the Amazon Video storefront.
Can I offer my title for sale, rental, and Prime?
Yes! You can offer your title on Amazon Prime and still offer your title for rental (VOD) to non-Prime customers and sales (EST) to all customers.
What is the Central Board of Film Certification?
The India Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that regulates the public exhibition of films under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act of 1952.
Films can be publicly exhibited in India only after they have been certified by the Central Board of Film Certification.
The board consists of non-official members and a chairman (all of whom are appointed by the central government) and functions with headquarters in Mumbai. The board has nine regional offices, one each in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Cuttack, and Guwahati. The regional offices are assisted in the examination of films by advisory panels. The members of the panels are nominated by the central government by drawing people from different walks of life for a period of 2 years.
The certification process is in accordance with the Cinematograph Act of 1952, the Cinematograph (certification) Rules of 1983, and the guidelines issued by the central government u/s 5 (B).
What is a CBFC certificate?
The India Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) is a certificate required by India law to be is displayed on all poster artwork in India. This certificate shows that the film has gone through the India rating board.
How do I find my title on iTunes?
Go here: https://linkmaker.itunes.apple.com/
How do i get paid?
UvFlix can disburse payments in the following ways:
- Bank Transfer