I have used mp3, mpgs, flash and other Multimedia on sites. They were extras for sites, which content revolved around video, music, or animation (like bands and filmmakers). I have never really made a site that is focused purely to deliver only multimedia content.
Bandwidth and storage are always a big issue with sites that focus on delivering this type of content. I know on sites that may have one movie or a couple of MP3s, that they use a lot of bandwidth. So how do you create a site that is only delivering MP3s, Flash cartoons, or movies? How do you keep your bandwidth and storage in check?
It is hard to really get people to pay for these sites. Some Flash toon sites get mega traffic and it looks like they are only operating on ad revenue. So have any of you know if they make money or are these types of sites destined to live with a loss?
What about streaming. How does this impact bandwidth? I have seen that on the sites where I stream media that it takes about as much of a hit in bandwidth as a download site. Does it get better as a site gets larger?
What I want to know is how http*//www.homestarrunner.com makes money. Is this simply self-funded? Its very popular and is all toons, no ads. They do sell a few things. And if for some reason that link ever goes down, its a site that is 100% flash, and its toon humor, but no ads.
I am interested to hear how they deal with these bandwidth issues. Sites like joecartoon and homestarrunner are perfect examples. These sites must be slaughtered with traffic. Do they make money some way to recoupe this money or are they getting good bandwidth costs?
Mike12345 I still have not heard a reply from joecartoon.