Pay-Per-View vs. Subscription: What’s the Difference?

Pay-Per-View vs. Subscription

Pay-per-view and subscription are two monetization models available with the Dacast paywall.

When it comes to video monetization, a subscription requires a viewer to pay for unlimited access to your content over a fixed amount of time.

Pay-per-view, on the other hand, requires viewers to pay for access to individual pieces of content. 

Video Monetization

To put these two video monetization methods into perspective, someone can set up an annual subscription where viewers can watch uploaded content as much as they like over that year. Someone else can set up a pay-per-view for a two-hour program, where the viewer gets to watch only that program and nothing more. 

Please note that a subscription enables you to automatically bill on a recurring subscription cycle, while pay-per-view is a single payment billing model.  

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2 thoughts on “Pay-Per-View vs. Subscription: What’s the Difference?

  1. Louise Picton says:

    HI. I just need a simple financial answer. How much does it cost, per video, to have a pay per view option? Is there a set up fee? Do you then take a percentage per view? Thanks.

    • Harmonie Duhamel says:

      Hi Louise, I hope you are great. My colleague Kevin Garside contacted you by email directly. If you need anything else, feel free to message us or write to him directly at Have a great day!

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