This looks rather interesting!

Means TV is the world’s first worker-owned, post-capitalist streaming service.

Launching on 2.26.2020, Means TV will have a library of documentaries, movies, and shows with new programming added all the time. We'll also have live weekly shows covering news, culture, gaming and sports.

All of this will be available to subscribers for $10/month across desktop, mobile and smart TV devices like Roku, Fire and Apple TV.

No advertisements or product placements. No corporate backers or VC cash ever.

The main question I have is: how do I contribute content?

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@woozle i thought the post capitalist streaming service was bittorrent

@cosine That's for "unlicensed" content, mostly. I gather this is for content that is totally legal *and* not produced by the for-profit media industry.

(Also, where are the channels of curated content on Bittorrent? There might be something like that on Tribler, I suppose...)

@cosine Note specifically that content producers are, in fact, paid out of the co-op's profits from viewer subscriptions:

from -- paraphrased for Masto narrow-column readability:

All year-end profits are distributed amongst the members of the cooperative based on their membership catagory:

Worker Members (70%)
* full-time employees at Means TV
* can serve on the board
* have full voting and economic rights in the cooperative.

Contractor Members (20%)
* indy contractors the co-op works with
* have economic rights in the cooperative.

Royalty Members (10%)
* filmmakers, distributors, and certain crew on original productions.
* have economic rights in the cooperative.

@woozle hmm those percents seem a little weird but that's cool

@woozle oh so like, boring content

idk, curated content rarely pleases me, i watch stuff cause someone recommended it and then i connect with them

@cosine It remains to be seen how tightly controlled the content is.

...but yeah, it'd be nice if they included a way for spontaneously-shared content to get an audience. (I have my own plans for that sort of thing, not limited to video.)

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