Type A: Distributor hosts streaming files, creating web page portal for our access for specified purpose & period of time. A preferred type!
Type B: Distributor can host streaming files, or provide (sell) us streaming files which we host locally for specified purpose & period of time. We've had some problems streaming locally hosted files. Technical problems / delays may occur.
Type C: Distributor sells us streaming files which we host locally for specified purpose & period of time. We've had some problems streaming locally hosted files.
Type D: Distributor requires us to purchase physical copy (VHS or DVD) of title and charges additional fees for us to legally create streaming files from content and legally stream it for specified purpose & period of time. This model can be extremely costly and time-consuming. Expect delays.
Type E: Distributor sells us streaming licenses and permissions to reformat VHS or DVDs we purchase (or already own) from their catalogs.
Type F: Vendor sells library a subscription to a collection of video titles, packaged in an index-like database format. Users can browse, seach, play videos. Some packages support user customized creation of video clips and playlists, user annotations, etc. and provide on/off captioning. A preferred type!
Type G: An emerging trend is for film distributors to license other companies to stream their titles. Important distributors using this new model are California Newsreel, PBS, and the famed Criterion / Janus Collection, who have established recent partnerships with Films on Demand, Kanopy, and Alexander Street. (Since 2014-present)