I pulled 2015 use data for ASU’s subscription to Films on Demand today. I found the data to be very interesting so thought that readers of VideoLib might find it interesting too.
Our total use of Films on Demand for 2015 (Jan 1-Dec 31) was 811,196 views. That is roughly a 26% increase over our 2014 use of 642,949 Of the more than 25,000 titles in Films on Demand ASU used 6856 titles, or slightly more than 25% of what is available. Of course much of that use is a “long tail”, titles that received only 1 or a couple uses. But 2670 titles received more than 4 views, the customary trigger for PDA licensing. If we had to license everything that was used more than 4 times in 2015 our total cost for Films on Demand would have been $400,500 !!!!! Our cost for Films on Demand is far less than $.10 per view. For the record, ASU Libraries conducted the first PDA model for streaming video, working with the incomparable Diane Bilelo. That pilot project was documented in the journal article : farrelly, d. (2008). Use-determined Streaming Video Acquisition: The Arizona Model for FMG On Demand. College & University Media Review, 14(1), 65-78. It ultimately led to the development of the FoD subscription model. To date, ASU has had 3,380,900+ views in Films On Demand. deg farrelly Media Librarian Arizona State University deg.farre...@asu.edu<mailto:deg.farre...@asu.edu> 602.332.3103
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