Frequently Asked Questions

Music and Music Video

  • What is the difference between DMDS and other music distribution companies like Tunecore, INgrooves, etc.?

    DMDS specializes in the distribution of music and music video to promotional outlets like radio stations, TV networks, Media/Press outlets, etc. These are the people and places that expose your music to the masses, which drives sales and royalties and builds your fan base. The music distribution companies mentioned above provide online music distribution for retail sale on various online music stores like iTunes and streaming services like Spotify and Rdio.

  • Where can I find pricing for DMDS music and music video distribution / delivery services?

    The best way to get pricing is to contact DMDS at 1-855-534-0607 (Toll free in North America), +1 416-534-0607 (Intl.) / sales@dmds.com. A DMDS rep will be happy to help you figure out how DMDS can best and most cost-effectively be utilized for your project(s).

  • How do I get my video to DMDS for music video distribution?

    An active DMDS Pro account provides you with the DMDS Manager App, which you can use to upload your video to your account to be distributed and promoted.

  • How do I use DMDS to promote music and music video?

    DMDS is both a delivery system, and radio / video promotion tool in the sense that you’re delivering Releases that can contain promotional information and other elements like links, bios, reviews, personal messages, etc. Setting up an eye catching and attention grabbing release can go a long way to promote your music, but it doesn’t replace the person to person relationship building that’s key to success in radio and video promotion.

  • Once my video is uploaded to DMDS, which TV networks can download it?

    DMDS provides you with the tools needed to digitally deliver broadcast music videos for submission to the TV networks and other outlets of your choice. Whether it’s MTV, Vh1, CMT, Music Choice, BET, MuchMusic, or your local cable-access music channel, they won’t have access to your video until you use DMDS to deliver it to them.

  • How is digital music video distribution better than physical (Digital Beta tapes/HDCAM tapes) distribution?

    The most important benefit is that DMDS is the broadcasters’ preferred method of acquiring new music videos for airplay consideration. DMDS is preferred for a variety of reasons:

    • all decision-makers/influencers at the network can instantly watch the video as opposed to waiting for the weekly music meeting.
    • integration with DMDS on the back-end helps broadcasters’ streamline the acquisition => review => broadcast workflow, resulting in DMDS-delivered videos premiering much faster than tape-delivered videos.
    • they don’t have to store a tape.
    • they can use DMDS to organize and simplify communication with the submitter.

    Apart from the benefits to the broadcast networks, there are key benefits for the submitter as well:

    • broadcast networks’ preferred submission method.
    • it will likely save you money.
    • get direct feedback on the status of your submission.
    • view reports to see which individuals at which broadcasters have streamed and/or downloaded your video(s).
    • video(s) instantly delivered - not overnight, not 1 hour rush – instantly delivered as soon as you click Send.
    • Include accompanying promotional info/materials with your submission. eg, pics, links, bios, etc. This is much more impactful than including a few printouts in the padded envelope.

  • Who’s using DMDS for online music distribution and music video distribution?

    A wide range of record labels from multinationals like Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and EMI Music to large influential indies like Beggars Group, Sub Pop, eOne, Domino, to a large number of small indie labels, indie artists, indie radio and video promotion companies, management companies, publicity companies, and more. Basically, all companies and individuals, who’ve taken steps to embrace the new digital media paradigm and use it to their advantage, use DMDS for their online music distribution.

Advertising

  • What is the difference between DMDS and other advertising delivery companies like DG Fastchannel or Extreme Reach , etc.?

    DG and Extreme are both great companies. We have built out our online distribution platform and designed the order entry system to be more robust and customer centric. We offer more digital services than our competitors and we do it for a fraction of the cost.

  • Why isn’t every spot I see on television in HD? Don’t advertisers want their spots to look the best?

    Well, there are more spots in HD all the time – but the two limiting factors are what the outlet has the capacity to playback on-air and the cost for the sender to deliver to the outlet in HD. DMDS solves the cost problem by drastically reducing the rates associated with delivering campaigns to outlets in HD. If a station is currently only broadcasting in SD – we can get them the best quality SD file by starting off with an HD master.

  • Where can I find pricing for DMDS Advertising delivery services?

    The best way to get pricing is to contact DMDS at 1-855-534-0607 (Toll free in North America), +1 416-534-0607 (Intl.) / adsales@dmds.com. A DMDS rep will be happy to help you figure out how DMDS can best and most cost-effectively be utilized for your project(s).

  • How do I get my spot to DMDS for delivery?

    You’ve got options. You can send us your Tape Master if you’d like, but it is generally faster and easier to get you or your Post Facility/Production House associated with your account so files can be uploaded digitally. They can be uploaded to us utilizing a host of different tools, with the most effective being our DMDS Manager App for PC or Mac. It has built in QC tools to make sure the quality of the files is excellent and it accelerates uploads as much as 10x.

  • Ok, my spot has been uploaded. Now what?

    Login and Send out your Order. If you need to work with or view the file that was uploaded, go to your File Manager, where you can update data (Sync with Ad-Id), view your spot, send test versions to other team members, or convert the file into a different format.

  • What about traffic instructions/notifications?

    No problem. When you send your media order you have the option to include notifications as well. We’ve built an advanced traffic and media notification system that makes it very easy for outlets to confirm receipt of materials. Seriously…it takes a SINGLE click. Sure beats a fax!

    You can attach documents, type in your instructions – whatever works best for you. We can even synchronize/retrieve data from some other traffic management utilities.

  • Once my video is uploaded to DMDS, which outlets can receive it? Is it easy for new outlets to get setup?

    Any outlet can quickly and easily receive content via DMDS. We already have pretty much every broadcaster in North America available inside of the system. 90% of our deliveries are distributed online. For the remaining, a physical tape is sent to the facility. We maintain the same rates for both offline and online sends.

  • Is it hard for an outlet to get ‘Online’ with DMDS?

    We’ve made our system easy to use and extremely powerful. An outlet can be setup in one of three ways. DMDS Web, DMDS Deliver or DMDS Manager. DMDS Web provides the destination with our web based interface to access, review and confirm required media (Instant). DMDS Deliver allows us to Push or the outlet to Pull spots and data from us utilizing a variety of different communication protocols (Couple hours effort). DMDS Manager is the ‘Ferrari’ option – allowing deep integrations and customizations for the most complex file based workflows and all sorts of options to plug into existing systems from vendors like Telestream, Harris, Avid and many more (anywhere from half a day to a couple of days).

  • Who’s using DMDS for spot delivery and digital video distribution?

    In advertising, a growing list of agencies and post production houses are choosing DMDS for its fast and flexible delivery service.

    We’ve already been widely adopted for other short form video delivery like music videos. Record labels from multinationals like Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and EMI Music to large influential indies like Beggars Group, Sub Pop, eOne, Domino have already been utilizing our system for a number of years.

    MTV International has selected DMDS has their preferred vendor for the delivery of music videos and we have worked closely to deeply integrate our practices with theirs.

    As you can imagine, the work we’ve done to build a mission critical delivery system for the entertainment industry offers some tremendous advantages for agencies and the brands they represent.