Interpreting Rights
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Written by Derek Logan
Updated over a week ago

Rights management can, at times, be a tricky topic to navigate. Below, we have outlined everything you need to know and have broken down the more complex scenarios.

All Rights Available

When managed rights are required, Available Rights will be set to “All rights worldwide, immediately, in perpetuity.”

This means the producer has made rights available everywhere, without any time constraint. As these deals are non-exclusive, a filmmaker may take down a title whenever they like, subject to channel licensing constraints - channels can pay for a fixed-duration license.

Managed Rights

From time to time, a producer may have already sold off rights to their titles elsewhere - we call these carve-outs. When this happens, Filmhub wants to help producers get their titles listed everywhere else it is available. Enter Managed Rights.

How to Read Rights:

First, let's break down the abbreviated meanings. Below lists each monetization right and what it stands for:

  • TVOD (Transactional Video On Demand) - This refers to online video purchases and rentals.

  • AVOD (Advertising-based Video On Demand) - This refers to advertising while streaming an online video. This model is typically free for the end user. This term also covers FAST rights in our catalog.

  • SVOD (Subscription Video On Demand) - This refers to a subscription model such as Netflix. This model grants customers access to the channel's catalog for a set weekly or monthly cost.

When reading the available rights for a given title, remember to read each row independently.


Below, you will find two examples of rights for the same title. Both examples have the same outcome.

As you can see in Example 1, these rights have been grouped by territory. Starting from the first row, we see a time parameter from 2024-2026 for TVOD for Only the United States. Meaning we will have the TVOD rights for this title in the United States only during those years. However, in the next row, we see TVOD is available everywhere Except the United States without date restriction until 2026.

As for AVOD and SVOD, we see two rows are entered. In one row, it's available everywhere Except the US and in the second row, Only the United States. These rights are grouped by territory, you will see what seems like a contradiction with ‘except’ and ‘only’ but remember each row is mutually exclusive - so they cannot contradict. It’s important to note that Except and ***Only apply exclusively to the row they are used. Therefore, these two rows are setting rights for two mutually exclusive territories, namely Everywhere Except the US, and Only the US.

Ex. 1 - Grouped by territory

As you can see in Example 2, these rights have been grouped by the format of rights–AVOD, SVOD, or TVOD. If you look at TVOD, we see two separate lines, each operating independently of one other:

  • From now until 1/1/26, the title is available for TVOD everywhere EXCEPT the United States

  • From 10/10/24 until 1/1/2026, the title is ALSO available for TVOD IN the United States

  • These rows work together to show the title is available worldwide for TVOD from 10/10/24 until 1/1/26

AVOD and SVOD have the same rights, so they are grouped together. All rights for this title expire on 1/1/26.

Please note, the use of “only” or “except” is only applicable to the specific Managed Right, and does not impact other Managed Rights. That is why it is important to read each line independently.

Ex. 2 - Grouped by format

We will occasionally update managed rights with carved-out rights. Some titles can look overwhelming, but go back to basics, look at dates, and consider “only” “except” etc.

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