Getting Started: Distribution Rates

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  • 2017 Full-Time Rates
  • 2017 Occasional Rates
  • Split Copy Service
  • Service Charges

2017 Full-Time Rates

Data capacity is measured in megabytes and can be purchased in two service types: megabyte buckets and a streaming service. Both service types must be purchased on a six-month commitment basis.

Megabyte  Buckets

Megabyte buckets can be used any time of day and are non-linear, in that this service provides producers the ability to distribute multiple programs at any given time. Capacity from the megabyte buckets can be used to distribute file-based programs or live streams. The ContentDepot Full-Time Rate Card includes large, medium, and small megabyte  buckets, priced on a monthly basis.

ContentDepot Full-Time Services (per month)*
 
Space Segment Charges
24-Hr Stereo Stream $15,525.00
24-Hr Mono Stream $11,600.00
12-Hr Stereo Stream $11,600.00
12-Hr Mono Stream $8,750.00
Initial set-up fee for full-time stream service $850.00
 
Large Megabyte Bucket (89,000 Mbytes) $69,675.00
Medium Megabyte Bucket (40,000 Mbytes) $38,400.00
Small Megabyte Bucket (2,000 Mbytes**) $2,250.00
*Six-month contract required
**In 2016, the Small Megabyte Bucket was 8,000MB

Full-time stream service customers are also assessed a monthly uplink charge.

Uplink Charges
24-Hr Stereo or Mono Stream $1,500.00
12-Hr Stereo or Mono Stream $1,125.00

The Supplemental Audio Channel (SAC) Service rates for streams are monthly charges and require a one-year contract.

SAC Rates
24-Hr Stereo Stream $2,375.00
24-Hr Mono Stream $1,825.00

Note
A 10% per program price cap will be applied to all programs that were distributed prior to July 31, 2007.  To qualify for the price cap, a program must be distributed in the ContentDepot as an automated file transfer.

2017 Occasional Rates

Producers are billed for ContentDepot distribution according to the number of megabytes used to transmit a program. Using this model, a quarter hour of programming is approximately the equivalent of 14.4 megabytes of mono or 28.8 megabytes of stereo.

2017 ContentDepot File Transfer Rates
  Megabytes Hour Total Price (per quarter hour)
Mono 14.4 0.25 $30.50
Stereo 28.8 0.25 $58.25
 
2017 ContentDepot Live Stream Rates
  Megabytes Hour Total Price (per quarter hour)
Mono 14.4 0.25 $37.75
Stereo 28.8 0.25 $65.50

 

Split Copy Service

Split copy provides public radio producers with the option of simultaneously distributing targeted underwriting or sponsorship messages to stations or station groups. This service is available only for streamed programs.

Split Copy Service Rates
Per underwriting flight* per calendar month (or any portion thereof) $250.00
Service fee for flight modification or cancellation $250.00

 

 

 

*A flight is defined as the delivery of any number of underwriting or sponsorship messages to specifically-identified stations during a one-month period. For more information on split copy, please contact the account management department at 202.513.2618 or via email: prsscustomer@npr.org

Service Charges

Once you place and confirm an order for satellite services with NPR Distribution, any scheduling change made within 90 days of the event (including cancellation) will result in service charges. The only exceptions are for quarter hour extensions to events already scheduled; you will simply be charged for the additional time. No service charge will be assessed for changes unrelated to scheduling, such as title changes and program ID updates.

Service charges are assessed on a program-by-program basis. In most cases, those charges are a percentage of the basic rates for both uplink and channel, and the amount of each charge is determined by how far in advance of each transmission you make a change. "No shows" - programs which fail to arrive at the uplink in time for scheduled transmission- are treated as last minute cancellations and, consequently, are assessed the highest service charge.

Because of the potential for service charges, scheduling changes (especially for a series) can be quite costly. For this reason, we advise you to be reasonably certain of the schedule you want before placing an order. If you want to cancel or reschedule an order, notify your Account Representative immediately to minimize service charges.

Service Charges
Service
Charge
Level
Explanation Regular Orders Timely Live
0 Any change of cancellation made 90 days or more before event 0% 0%
1 Any change of cancellation made less than 90 days and greater than, or equal to, 60 days before event 15% 15%
2 Any change of cancellation made less than 60 days and greater than, or equal to, 21 days before event 25% 15%
3 Any change of cancellation made less than 21 days and greater than, or equal to, 72 hours before event 50% 15%
4 Any change of cancellation made less than 72 hours and greater than, or equal to, 2 hours before event 75% 15%
5 Any change of cancellation made less than 2 hours before event 100% 25%

 

For more information on service charges, please contact the account management department at 202.513.2618 or via email: prsscustomer@npr.org