FAQs

Membership

What is the difference between a Media Beach Software and VOD account?

View our Membership page for a quick breakdown on the features and services available to each membership type.

How do I sign up for an account?

Click here for a list of account types and registration. Have further questions? Contact us at info@mediabeach.com or +1 770 292 9840.


Buying & Selling

What equipment or software is required to use the Media Beach service?

Media Beach VOD Account holders require an internet connection of 5 mbps or higher for optimal results. VOD Account Members will receive a VOD Server for the purpose of playing out live streams.

Java must be enabled to allow the automatic download and activation of the Media Beach accelerated file transfer Java applet. Download the latest version of Java.

What type of content will be available to me?

You will have access to a wide spectrum of broadcast-ready media contributed by Media Beach Members from around the globe. Content can vary from long, in-depth coverage and scripted pieces, to short library content and real-time live streams. With an automatic 30-day expiry on all content, the Media Beach catalogue is always fresh.

Can I preview content before purchasing and downloading?

All content can be previewed as a low resolution version before making final decisions on purchasing and download. Media Beach also provides a storyboard drawn from key frames in the content, which is always available for review before making a purchase.

Can I download purchased content multiple times?

Once content has been purchased, it can be downloaded multiple times and by multiple devices until the buyer deletes the file from their account. 

Is there a limit to the file size?

Media Beach was built to handle high-resolution, broadcast-ready files of significant size. There is no limit to file size on the Media Beach platform.

How and when do I get paid for content I sell?

Accrued funds from sold content will be disbursed to Members’ accounts on a monthly basis.

How long can I post my content for sale?

By default, content will be made available on Media Beach for a period of 30 days before automatically being removed. This time period may be extended for additional storage fees.

Guidelines for Buyers and Sellers

Media Beach has been designed as a free market whereby Sellers can set their own prices and conduct auctions. Content will sell when Purchasers agree on the price or place the highest bid.

Notes for Sellers

Sellers may wish to consider the following factors when setting a price to improve their chances of selling Content:

  • Media Beach gives Sellers the options of choosing the Licence Territory in which the Content is available to for sale (be it an entire region such as Asia, or several regions, or even worldwide), and the relevant price offered for rights in that Licence Territory. Some regions may include more potential Purchasers that will compete harder for Content, or include larger Purchasers that will share the Content with their affiliates and so be willing to pay more. Other regions may be smaller markets with more local broadcasters with limited funding.  Similarly, one would expect that a ‘worldwide’ rights offering would justify a higher price than rights limited to one region.  It is up to the Seller to nominate and price the Licence Territory for their Content as they see fit. 
  • It is critical that the Seller has the necessary intellectual property rights to license the Content in the Licence Territory they nominate (be it worldwide or otherwise).
  • A Seller may select a region as the Licence Territory but exclude particular countries from that region to ensure they do not infringe third party rights in those countries (for example).  If you wish to exclude particular countries from the License Territory you must list those countries in the Restrictions box.
  • Purchasers will generally place more value on Content that is available with supplementary files, such as photos, text, scripts or additional video, which may be uploaded with the primary file.
  • Similarly, Purchasers will be more attracted to Content which is available with contact details they can follow up for assistance, for example to arrange an interview or live cross.
  • For Content offered via auction, if the Seller nominates the Licence Territory to be ‘Worldwide’, they will not also be able to offer such Content in an individual region (because rights offered via auction are exclusive rights throughout the Licence Territory).

The Media Beach Exchange is not intended to be an archive for Sellers.  It is intended to be used for the sale and purchase of current and topical Content, and Sellers should refresh Content regularly.

 

Notes for Purchasers

Purchasers may share the Content with their corporate and broadcast affiliates, as provided in these T&Cs, as long as they purchase the rights for the all the relevant territories in which those affiliates operate (and this may mean entering more than one transaction for the same piece of Content as the Seller may offer different licences in different territories at different prices).

Purchasers need to make sure they (and their affiliates) geo-block any websites they put the Content on so that it is only viewable in the territory they have purchased rights for.

When Purchasers purchase Content under a fixed price sale the rights they are getting are non-exclusive in that Licence Territory (excluding any countries excluded by the Seller in the Restrictions box). When Purchasers purchase Content by auction, the rights they are getting are exclusive and the Content will be removed for sale as soon as the transaction has been completed.

Always check the Restrictions box to check if any countries are excluded from the Licence Territory you are seeking to buy rights for - the Seller may have excluded your country from the licence they are offering for that Content (even though you are able to browse and see it on the Exchange)

Purchasers can complete an auction transaction early and use the Content exclusively without waiting for the expiry of the auction by opting to pay the ’Buy It Now’ price, where indicated.

 

Publishing

How does Media Beach interact with my newsroom’s workflow?

Media Beach has been designed from the ground up to facilitate the ingest of available stories to your local workflow:

  1. VOD Members may request delivery of file content in a specific file format of preference. Software Members will receive the file in its native format.
  2. Once ready for delivery, files can be automatically exported to an external hot folder for ingest to a local workflow.
  3. Files received in a standard (Mpg/Mp4) format can be queued for HD/SDI playout (with slate) via the VOD’s video card output.
  4. Files and associated attachments may be downloaded via the VOD interface directly to local workstations for editing purposes.
  5. Live streams are delivered in HD/SDI via the VOD video card output (PAL or NTSC, depending on the source).

 

Mobile

Can anyone use the Media Beach mobile app and push content to the Media Beach platform?

Phones with the Media Beach mobile app installed need to be registered with a Media Beach account to be able to stream or upload content to the Media Beach platform.

Where can I get the Media Beach mobile app?

Available for iOS and Android devices, the app can be purchased through iTunes and Google Play