September 10, 2014 at 5:41PM

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Has anyone gone through distribution through Netflix and if so how was the process?

I am producing a documentary right now about llamas and going through ideas on how best to distribute it. Our first market to reach is people who own and love llamas. Base on our research DVD/BluRay sales will be enough to cover the cost of making the film but we obviously don't want to stop there.

I have been looking into having the film on Netflix but don't want to put the film on Netflix and have the possibility of losing potential DVD/BluRay sales. However if going through Netflix can return a substantial profit then to me it would be worth it because even if we lose DVD/BluRay sales we would be making it up there.

I have only known of people to get their films on Netflix through Distribber but I haven't heard from anyone who has gone through the process and if they thought it was worth it financially to go through Netflix. Obviously a lot of that is going to be based on how many people want to watch your film, but if any of you have gone through Netflix what was the process for you like and did you think that it was worth it?

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My film has been waiting for five months at Distribber. Last week they shut down their online request system for clients. Frankly not a good sign. The site says that it's down for repair, but if you email them, Distribber say they're shutting down that system.

September 26, 2014 at 6:22PM

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Jim Rome
Sony Pictures Entertainment
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I'll post this again. After five months, my film is still "In Queue" at Distribber. They cite delays at Amazon and Netflix and say they'll have an update "next week." Recently they've discontinued their online ticket request system. The site says it's being "updated", but a recent email from them said they are discontinuing it. Yikes.

September 26, 2014 at 6:24PM

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Jim Rome
Sony Pictures Entertainment
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Haha... I love your first line. Sounds really funny out loud.

I have not done the Netflix route, but my research has found it to be a difficult and unrewarding process. You only make good money if it's insanely popular (which, if it's insanely popular, ANY distributor would pay you well for it, probably better than Netflix).

A lot of people think it's the holy grail, but really, it's 6 in one hand, half dozen in another...

September 29, 2014 at 2:24PM, Edited September 29, 2:24PM

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Jordan Mederich
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