COSTA MESA, Calif., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Pivotshare, a digital media startup, announced today an update of their self-service online platform that allows anyone to sell their media directly to their audience. Filmmakers, comedians, speakers and a host of other media producers may now offer their content on iOS and Android devices. The new platform offers added features such as the ability to buy videos as a download and the capacity for customers to donate as a means of support. The first player in the game to offer a true self-service platform for monetizing media, Pivotshare has received $1.6 million from Townsgate Media.
The new mobile apps will allow anyone to watch Pivotshare content on the go on either smartphones or tablets. The apps were designed separately for an optimized experience, maximizing the strengths of both device types. The apps are free and found in the iTunes and Google Play stores. The apps are also customer-centric, which means that after a user logs in, they can see all the content they have bought, rented or subscribed to, thus simplifying the viewing process.
Content was previously offered on a Pay-Per-View or Subscription basis, but Pivotshare has now created the capability for clients to also sell media as a download. Much like the popular Louis C.K. comedy special of last year, the Pivotshare downloads will come with the option of streaming the media in addition to storing it on a hard drive. Publishers can also allow their customers to download companion files after purchasing content, such as bonus material, lecture notes, or promotional images.
The first project to use the purchase/download function is the environmental documentary, Trashed: No Place For Waste, starring Jeremy Irons with a score by Academy Award winner, Vangelis. Director Candida Brady takes the viewer on a whirlwind tour of global garbage hotspots, where trash has taken over.
The Pivotshare team also created a "Tip Jar" element that lets producers give their fans the opportunity to support their work for either paid or free content on the platform. Charities can use the tool as a convenient way to conduct online fundraising and media producers of any kind can harness the strength of this tool by allowing their fans to donate, whether or not they paid for the ability to watch to begin with.
Pivotshare founder Adam Mosam says, "We are excited to release these new features to our publishers. We are now empowering our users to sell their content in new ways and we give them the flexibility to combine multiple payment models on a single channel." Mosam goes on to say, "The simplicity of the platform hasn't changed. Start a channel, upload your media, set a price and start selling." Publishers and content creators are encouraged to visit http://www.pivotshare.com and sign up today.
Pivotshare is the best way to make money from your digital media online. With a cutting-edge platform and innovative services, Pivotshare revolutionizes the way publishers sell access to their content.
Pivotshare is a complete self-service solution for media publishers. Anyone can easily monetize content on their own branded online channel or on their own website using pay-per-view, subscription access, downloads, tips in any combination. Our multi-device streaming platform is simple to use and has powerful tools to help publishers succeed in the new digital economy.
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