Welcome to Channels

Channels is the world's first content network using micropayments. A place where you can publish content and get paid every time someone views it.

Share your creativity and get paid for it!

What is Channels?

The web is filled with great content. But most creators are getting paid little or nothing for their work.

We're going to change that.

Channels is pioneering a new way for content creators to get paid. A simple micro payment site for content. Publish on Channels and earn money for every view.

Content on Channels

Web content is diverse: videos, photos, articles, apps, games, and much more.

Post whatever content you want using the card best suited to it.

Set the price someone pays you to view it.

If you have web development skills, create your own card design. And collect royalties if others use it to post their cards.

How Does It Work

Each person that comes to Channels automatically has an account set up for them with an initial balance of 5 tokens, which we call ChannelCoins. We use the symbol, ℂ, to represent these tokens. So ℂ0.25, for example, means one quarter of one ChannelCoin token.

Users see cards that others have posted, each with a price tag. When they open a card for the first time (and keep it open for at least 10 seconds), a transaction is made between that consumer and the author of that card. Based on the card's price, a small quantity of tokens are transferred from the buyer's account to the seller's account. Or, if the card's author is promoting their content, that transfer may happen in the other direction.

If your balance is above ℂ5.00, Channels will not show you promoted content. So users who prefer not to see advertising can simply purchase tokens to cover the content they consume.

The card's author sets the pricing level on their cards. Channels uses this information to set the final prices, so as to keep a balance between how much money is coming into the network and how much is going out. This is what ensures that authors are getting paid well, but consumers are not seeing excessive advertising. Channels takes 10% of the tokens paid from consumers to authors.

Unlike other platforms (like Medium and YouTube), Channels does not support a single type of content. You can post videos, articles, games, news, etc. We have built-in card designs supporting the common types. But Channels can support virtually any kind of content that can be hosted on the web.

You can sell tokens you have in excess of ℂ5.00. Currently ChannelCoin tokens can be exchanged 1:1 with US dollars. Eventually that exchange rate may change.

While Channels is in its early stages, we are paying token subsidies to both consumers and authors as a way to provide incentives for good content. Consumer subsidies mean that without consuming any promoted content, the network may pay small subsidies over time until the consumer's balance has been restored. Author subsidies, if available, supplement the amount paid by the consumer for opening a card -- keeping the prices for consumers low, while providing compelling rewards for the best content.

Questions or comments? Send us a tweet.

FAQ

How can someone pay for content before they even sign in?

Without you worrying about it, Channels is performing these transactions using cryptocurrency techniques. So we don't need your identity in order to be able to let you participate in a transaction. We assign each new user a unique key and track their balance using that key. You only need to provide your identity when you want to post content so that consumers know more about the author of the content.

How much money can I make?

There's no limit. You're competing for consumers who will pay you. So post good content. And then share your cards with your followers on social media and elsewhere. Channels is still young, so don't expect a huge audience if you don't help to bring them.

Why should I drop my existing system (YouTube, Medium, Vimeo, Patreon, my own site, etc.)?

You don't have to. We don't require that your content is exclusive. But when telling your followers about where to find your content, we encourage you to point them to your card on Channels. They will appreciate being able to support you financially in a small way. Your content won't have ads in front of it. And you may very well make more money per view than you would have on another platform.

Can I post any content I want?

No. You should not post content that is not appropriate for a general audience. Also, we take copyright law very seriously. You should only post content that you own the rights to use. That includes photos and audio you embed in your content. (By searching the web for "free stock photos", you will find sources for content you can use without restriction.)

Team

Channels is built and operated by Hivepoint, Inc. We're located in Palo Alto, California.

Kingston Duffie
Carl Hubbard
Preet Shihn

Contact Us

The best way to reach us is at @channelscc on Twitter. If you have a question or comment, send us a tweet and we'll respond promptly.

If you prefer email, you can reach us at support@channels.cc.