Options for selling a video online?
I have friends who recently did a show at a comedy club and the performance was captured on video. They want to sell access to the video of the show (digital only, not DVD), but they don't know how to do this and asked me for help. I've never done this before, so I thought some people here on the forum may have experience with this and can offer suggestions.
We thought about YouTube, but a) YT takes a very large percentage of the sale price and 2) from what I've been able to research, they require you to have a ton of subscribers to your channel in order to sell video access - my friends do not have any YT followers at this point.
I've looked at online video hosting websites, but they require a monthly fee ranging from about $99/mo to over $500/mo, depending on the package selected. Since we're looking at probably a small number of sales, at only $5-10 each, paying that kind of monthly fee is not an option.
So I've thought about selling through their website, using a WordPress plug-in such as "Easy Digital Download" or something similar. This seems very doable and the price is right (they only have to pay the small PayPal or credit card fees), but my concern is that there doesn't seem to be any way to watch the video without downloading it, and since the file will probably end up being many 100s of MB (if not into the GBs - I don't know yet how long the video is or the file size), how can people who want to watch this on their phones or tablets do this? They may not have the space on their devices to download the file, or want to spend the time downloading such a large file.
Is there a solution that would enable people to watch without downloading (like YouTube)? Or is downloading what people normally do? How would YOU go about selling access to a video? Any suggestions or advice is greatly appreciated!