FROM COMPRESSOR TO iTUNES
Compressor 4.2 makes it simple to create a compliant package for submission to the iTunes Store. Easily add your movie, trailer, closed captions, and subtitles to your iTunes Store Package. Then upload your package through our JUICE webpage designed specifically to accept your iTunes Store Package. International access to iTunes has never been easier and our self distribution model puts you in control.
What are the fees?
Juice is pleased to offer special rates to clients accessing iTunes via Compressor.
Film package creation and delivery*:
* The Compressor feature is presently limited to Film Content only. Package creation includes but is not limited to: Video/Audio capture, encoding, chapter point creation, metadata conform to licensee specifications, checksum generation for package files, and package assembly of all deliverables including artwork and trailer, delivery to licensee via digital transfer. Additional fees may apply for services not listed above.
Enhance your experience with iTunes Extras
Juice offers iTunes Extras development to turn your movie into an interactive experience. With special features, behind the scenes footage, and customized graphics, iTunes Extras created by Juice help your film get noticed.
REACH THE WORLD
Juice has licensing agreements in every territory worldwide. We take care of the intricacies of international distribution including versioning and placement – with no additional “per territory” fee.
Track Your Sales & Get Paid Monthly
Our customized platform allows for delivery, distribution, sales tracking and reporting with full transparency – every step of the way. Juice reports monthly so you get paid faster. We send you your money within 30 days of the end of each calendar month.
Store Your Content
Juice archives your content in our customized Digital Asset Management system – The Melon – for free. Access your content 24/7, place orders online, and deliver to the world.
Both an encoding house and aggregator, we leverage our long-standing history with the platforms we work with. We’re faster and more cost effective as a result. Need an iTunes Extras package for your film? What about watermarked, digital screeners? Juice has you covered. We’re also a full service digital post facility, which means everything we do stays under one roof. Costs are kept to a minimum and economies of scale keep more money in your pocket.
What are the steps involved?
The first thing you will need to do is register as a user of our self-distribution service and agree to our contract and terms of service. This step is quick and absolutely free. Once you have registered you can order your deliveries. This step requires you to supply complete, basic metadata for your film, pick the territories you want to sell in and give us information about the assets you are going to send us. If you have all of the information readily available this step takes about 15 minutes. Once your metadata is complete, you will receive an estimate for the work to be done. Once the estimate is approved you will receive a link to our upload software, where you’ll be able to start sending files!
Do I have to output my package using Compressor?
Although using compressor to create an iTunes package is our preferred format, we accept assets in a variety of other formats. Click here for full details.
What are the minimum requirements for getting my film up on the store?
For a full list of technical and content requirements click here to download our content checklist.
How much does it cost and why?
The cost to deliver a film of no more than 150 minutes in length is $945. For longer features add $30 for every 15 minute block. Each additional platform is $195 per platform for a feature film.
Our service includes:
- An initial spot check and logging of all materials – video, audio, timed text assets, metadata and poster art
- A full manual quality control review of all video elements, primary audio streams, and detailed spot checks of any secondary audio streams, subtitle and caption streams. This QC process is required by Apple and ensures your film goes live in a timely fashion
- Delivery to iTunes and follow up on any issues flagged by iTunes
- 1 full year of sales reporting and payments
- All materials ingested by Juice are archived in our Digital Asset Management system at no additional cost to the client
Are there any other fees?
There is an annual administration fee of $100.00. The fee is for your whole catalog, so whether you have one film or one hundred films you will be billed a total of $100 per year.
How often do I get paid?
Juice reports monthly so you get paid faster. We send you your money within 30 days of the end of each calendar month.
What percentage of the overall revenue generated on the iTunes store do I get?
iTunes retains 30% of all sales revenue from their store. The rest comes back to you! Juice does not take any percentage of your revenue.
What happens if my film is rejected by Juice or Apple?
This depends on the stage at which the title is rejected*:
Logging – if we find an issue at the logging stage that can be corrected you will simply have to fix the problem and resubmit your materials at no additional cost.
Quality Control – If we find issues that can be corrected during the QC process we will correct minor issues at no charge**. For more significant issues a client service rep will be in touch to discuss pricing and options. If we find that an issue is not-correctable during QC, we will issue a refund minus an administrative fee. Juice will charge an administrative fee of $500 and arrange for the pick up or return of your material.
If your content passes our QC process but fails at the delivery stage or is rejected by Apple we will provide you with a 100% refund.
* content that is rejected for reasons clearly outlined in our QC checklist will not be refunded under any circumstance.
** what constitutes a minor issue is entirely at the discretion of Juice. If we can make all the required corrections in 20 minutes or less we consider it minor.
Am I obligated to include closed captions?
If you are sending English language film content to the US storefront, you are required to include an English caption file. Note that this assumes the audio language of your file is English. If you do not have a properly formatted English closed caption file available, we can facilitate the creation of this for you. Click here to receive a quote. Kindly note that it will add approximately 10 days to the projected timeline.
I would like to make changes to my contract before agreeing to it. Can it be modified?
The contract is a template based on the terms and conditions agreed to between Juice and iTunes. The terms are standard and cannot be modified.
Can I submit a short film?
Yes, Juice also accepts short films. A film that has a runtime below 40 minutes is considered a short film. Currently, only iTunes, Google Play and Amazon accept short film content.
I’d like to make my content available worldwide, what is required?
Juice offers worldwide access across several platforms. Once you have created your online account, you will be sent a full list of platforms and territories that you can access via Juice, along with the requirements for each territory. You can add territories after the film has gone live as well (additional fees may apply).
What does localization mean?
Most territories will require localization of your content. Localization refers to close captioning, subtitling and/or ratings requirements to distribute in a given territory.
Some aggregators charge a fee for access to other territories. Does Juice charge more for this service?
No – Juice does not charge a fee per territory, but rather per delivery. We don’t ding you for work that’s easy! Once a subtitle file has been added to a package, this package can then be made available in any territory where the package satisfies the localization requirements. For example, if we deliver your film to iTunes for Canada, this same file can also be used for Ireland without any additional cost to you.
Can Juice create subtitles or close captioning for my film?
Yes, subtitles and close captions can be created through Juice. Please contact us for a quote.
Do I need a rating to make my film available on the platforms?
Ratings are not required for most territories, including the US and Canada. The main countries that require ratings are the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Brunei, India, and South Africa. Rating requirements vary by platform.
You can read more about the processes to have content rated by individual boards on these websites:
What platforms can I access in addition to iTunes?
Additional platforms available include Google Play, Xbox, Amazon, the Sony Entertainment Network, Hoopla, Steam and Vimeo On Demand. Juice also offers access to cable VOD platforms in the US and Canada. Once you have delivered to one platform, we can deliver your content to other platforms at a reduced rate. Netflix is also available for select titles.
When will my film go live?
Once we have received all final assets for your film, turnaround to get the content live on the platform(s) is within 60 days. You can set a specific release date if you wish, but please keep our turnaround times in mind. Please note that turnaround times may be longer leading up to major holidays such as Christmas due to volume at the platform(s).
Does Juice take care of marketing or promotions for my film?
Juice communicates with the platforms on upcoming titles, but marketing is left to the responsibility of the content owner. With 100% of the royalties flowing back to you, you also reap 100% of the benefits of your marketing efforts!