Subscription Revenue (SVOD)

How it works

It's simple: gain enough viewers with free content and convert some of them to paying subscribers to your premium content. Once viewers see enough value in your media offerings, they will want to subscribe to your live-events, linear streams or on-demand archives.

Subscription revenue has been a leading monetization model for media publishers - especially for those who publish to multiple OTT / ConnectedTV platforms with their own proprietary TV Apps / Channels.

Subscribers who are willing to pay between $5 and $20 per month for access to your premium live-stream or on-demand content, will build up a growing, residual revenue stream for your media business and often keep their subscriptions active whether or not they view your content.

Typical challenges publishers face

Some OTT / ConnectedTV platforms offer their own subscription and payment processing for in-app transactions, usually at commission fees of 20-50% from all revenue your app generates.

Challenges with proprietary subscriber handling services of OTT platforms:

  • increased app development costs for integration of each platform’s independent in-app transaction and payment system.
  • Up to 50% of revenue held back by the platform as their revenue share.
  • Revenue controlled by each platform
  • Delayed payments
  • No access to contact details of subscribers
  • Most importantly: no central subscriber management for you and no central multi-device authentication for subscribers. This means: no “Netflix” experience. Instead each subscriber has to create multiple subscription accounts and make duplicate payments for each additional device they would like to use in order to access your premium content.

Lightcast.com Central Subscriber Processing System

Lightcast.com offers a Central Subscriber Processing System, collecting a small setup fee and 10-20% transaction share.

Advantages of Lightcast's Central Subscriber Processing System:

  • low startup costs due to ready-to-go system
  • lower revenue share for payment processing
  • real-time crediting and monitoring of your subscriber’s payments
  • unlimited access to all your subscribers’ data
  • monitor payments and manage all your subscribers from all platforms in one account
  • Most importantly: a user-friendly “Netflix” experience for your subscribers. Your subscribers only need one subscription and are able to authenticate their active subscription across all devices and platforms you are offering an app and subscription-based content on.
  • Subscribers can connect and manage all of their devices and their payment preferences within their subscriber accounts, provided by Lightcast.com .