I keep hearing and reading about Kaltura, but I still don't fully understand exactly what it is. They have a commercial product and they have an open source product. I have a catalog of 30+ tangible DVDs that I'd like to begin offering/selling in an online streaming format since that's the trend of video. Essentially, I just want to be able to sell streaming videos as products on a website. The purchaser will have say, a year of time to view the video as much as he needs. Something like that. Is Kaltura something I should be looking at? Vimeo Pro has caught my attention, only $199 per year, no bandwidth limitations. They instead charge based on the number of plays which is great as they give you quite a few of them. The other thing I was looking at was Amazon Web Services with their pay for what you use price model.
Has anyone here set up this type of website for selling streaming videos? I'm NOT interested in ad revenue. It seems so many of these online video platforms are focused on ads ads ads. I understand this, but since I have products to sell, I have no need for ads...
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Put it simply, Kaltura is Media Asset Management system. End to end modular set of solutions that enable to create your own YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc.
Building your business with Kaltura would be very easy -
1. Download & install Kaltura CE (http://kaltura.org/project/kalturaCE) or purchase an account at Kaltura.com (http://corp.kaltura.com/about/signup) for the hosted edition.
2. Decide on solution for the store-front (either your own html site, drupal, wordpress, etc. or buy Kaltura's MediaSpace).
3. Upload your DVD's to the Kaltura publisher account.
4. Setup a payment gateway that works with Kaltura (e.g. http://www.cent2cent.net).
And you're ready to go.
Let me know if you need more details.
Since posting, I made some new discoveries, namely Flash Access 2.0 which is Adobe's version of DRM.. Any experience there? Check out a site called ezdrm.com
A DRM solution is only a small piece of the overall application you will need. Beyond protecting your content streaming, you should also consider where to manage it and the user base, how to distribute it, how to sell it, etc.
I'm thinking of using Amazon Web Services like S3 and Cloudfront to keep storage and bandwidth costs way down. As far as presenting the products, I think a CMS system like Wordpress, with perhaps some customizing along the way should serve my needs.. I'm really impressed with the Flash Access 2.0 features and it doesn't seem very expensive at all when going through a reseller like ezdrm.com
I think Amazon S3 and CloudFront is indeed a smart choice. Wordpress is a great CMS for the website part. Then the missing piece I was referring to is how you manage the media (video in this case) and its interactions (user access permissions, analytics, sharing, distribution, custom player design, etc.).
I suggest you take Kaltura CE on Amazon for a spin (http://www.kaltura.org/kaltura-ce-v30-amazon-ec2-guide).
Then install Wordpress and the Kaltura Wordpress plugin (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/all-in-one-video-pack/).
The rest would be to integrate ezdrm, and a payment gateway.
If you do get to use EZDRM - please share your experience.
Yeah, quite a bit to tackle and I'm not so much the technical person whose going to do it.. I'll let you know, though it will be many months from now, or longer..
I'm guessing you're one of those people? haha
Where in the US are you located? Have you built any kinds of sites like I describe?
I'm based in NY. I'm a Kaltura person. Have built several deployments like this and some more complex.
However, also being a Kaltura person I don't have availability for side projects ; )
There are great ppl there who can take your project, I suggest posting an offer with a link to this thread on the jobs forum.
Can you point me to any any such deployments that I can actually see in action? I've never got anywhere on the Kaltura forum, as of yet anyways..
Truthfully, to this day, I don't fully understand what Kaltura does. I mean, if there's a plugin for it for Wordpress, what is media management? I mean, there's tons and tons of media management scripts available. I'm probably missing the boat with Kaltura, but not understanding what it actually is, what its purpose is doesn't help.