Digital distribution

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Digital distribution (also referred to as content delivery, online distribution, or electronic software distribution (ESD), among others) is the delivery or distribution of digital media content such as audio, video, e-books, video games, and other software.wikipedia
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Digital media

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Digital distribution (also referred to as content delivery, online distribution, or electronic software distribution (ESD), among others) is the delivery or distribution of digital media content such as audio, video, e-books, video games, and other software.
Practical digital multimedia distribution and streaming was made possible by advances in data compression, due to the impractically high memory, storage and bandwidth requirements of uncompressed media.

Video game

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Digital distribution (also referred to as content delivery, online distribution, or electronic software distribution (ESD), among others) is the delivery or distribution of digital media content such as audio, video, e-books, video games, and other software.
Developers can use digital distribution to issue new storylines after the main game is released, such as Rockstar Games with Grand Theft Auto IV (The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony), or Bethesda with Fallout 3 and its expansions.

Open music model

Online distribution also opens the door to new business models (e.g., the Open Music Model).
It predicts that the playback of prerecorded music will be regarded as a service rather than as individually sold products, and that the only system for the digital distribution of music that will be viable against piracy is a subscription-based system supporting file sharing and free of digital rights management.

Vudu

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YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, DirecTV, SlingTV and other Internet-based video services allow content owners to let users access their content on computers, smart phones, tablets or by using appliances such as video game consoles, set-top boxes or Smart TVs.
Vudu, Inc. is an American content delivery and media technology company responsible for Vudu-branded interactive media services and devices.

Retail

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Publishers help artists advertise, fund and distribute their work to retail outlets. Gabe Newell, creator of the digital distribution service Steam, formulated the advantages over physical retail distribution as such:

Steam (service)

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Gabe Newell, creator of the digital distribution service Steam, formulated the advantages over physical retail distribution as such: The years after 2004 saw the rise of many digital distribution services on the PC, such as Amazon Digital Services, Desura, GameStop, Games for Windows – Live, Impulse, Steam, Origin, Direct2Drive, GOG.com, and GamersGate.
Steam is a video game digital distribution service developed by Valve.

Gabe Newell

Gabe Newell, creator of the digital distribution service Steam, formulated the advantages over physical retail distribution as such:
Gabe Logan Newell (born November 3, 1962), commonly known by his nickname Gaben, is an American computer programmer and businessman best known as the co-founder of the video game development and digital distribution company Valve Corporation.

Indie game development

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The new possibility of the digital distribution stimulated also the creation of game titles of very small video game producers like Independent game developer and Modders (e.g. Garry's Mod ), which were before not commercially feasible.
Driven by digital distribution, the concept of independent video game development has spawned an "indie" movement.

Desura

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The years after 2004 saw the rise of many digital distribution services on the PC, such as Amazon Digital Services, Desura, GameStop, Games for Windows – Live, Impulse, Steam, Origin, Direct2Drive, GOG.com, and GamersGate.
Desura was a digital distribution platform for the Microsoft Windows, Linux and OS X platforms.

Digital cinema

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Unrelated to the above, the term "Digital distribution" is also used in film distribution to describe distribution of content through physical digital media, in opposition to distribution by analog media such as photographic film and magnetic tape (see digital cinema).
Digital distribution of movies has the potential to save money for film distributors.

Impulse (software)

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The years after 2004 saw the rise of many digital distribution services on the PC, such as Amazon Digital Services, Desura, GameStop, Games for Windows – Live, Impulse, Steam, Origin, Direct2Drive, GOG.com, and GamersGate.
Impulse was a digital distribution and multiplayer platform.

Origin (service)

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The years after 2004 saw the rise of many digital distribution services on the PC, such as Amazon Digital Services, Desura, GameStop, Games for Windows – Live, Impulse, Steam, Origin, Direct2Drive, GOG.com, and GamersGate.
Origin is a digital distribution platform developed by Electronic Arts for purchasing and playing video games.

Digital rights management

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Online distribution platforms often contain or act as a form of digital rights management.

Smart TV

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YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, Amazon Prime Video, DirecTV, SlingTV and other Internet-based video services allow content owners to let users access their content on computers, smart phones, tablets or by using appliances such as video game consoles, set-top boxes or Smart TVs.
These can run applications (sometimes available via an 'app store' digital distribution platform), interactive on-demand media, personalized communications, and have social networking features.

GOG.com

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The years after 2004 saw the rise of many digital distribution services on the PC, such as Amazon Digital Services, Desura, GameStop, Games for Windows – Live, Impulse, Steam, Origin, Direct2Drive, GOG.com, and GamersGate.
GOG.com (formerly Good Old Games) is a digital distribution platform for video games and films.

App store

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An app store (or app marketplace) is a type of digital distribution platform for computer software called Applications, often in a mobile context.

Video game industry

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Online distribution is changing the structure of the video game industry.
Now some developers are turning to alternative production and distribution methods, such as online distribution, to reduce costs and increase revenue.

Film distribution

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Unrelated to the above, the term "Digital distribution" is also used in film distribution to describe distribution of content through physical digital media, in opposition to distribution by analog media such as photographic film and magnetic tape (see digital cinema).

Digital distribution of video games

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Currently, the process is dominated by online distribution over broadband internet.

Direct2Drive

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The years after 2004 saw the rise of many digital distribution services on the PC, such as Amazon Digital Services, Desura, GameStop, Games for Windows – Live, Impulse, Steam, Origin, Direct2Drive, GOG.com, and GamersGate.
Direct2Drive (commonly D2D) is an online game store offering PC games via direct download.

List of Internet television providers

This article lists Internet television providers – broadcasters of Internet television using digital distribution – by region and by country.

List of mobile app distribution platforms

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This list of mobile app distribution platforms includes digital distribution platforms that are intended to provide mobile apps to mobile devices.

E-commerce

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Typical e-commerce transactions include the purchase of online books (such as Amazon) and music purchases (music download in the form of digital distribution such as iTunes Store), and to a less extent, customized/personalized online liquor store inventory services.

GameStop

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The years after 2004 saw the rise of many digital distribution services on the PC, such as Amazon Digital Services, Desura, GameStop, Games for Windows – Live, Impulse, Steam, Origin, Direct2Drive, GOG.com, and GamersGate.
Impulse was a digital distribution and multiplayer gaming platform.

Blu-ray

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Many film distributors also include a Digital Copy, also called Digital HD, with Blu-ray disc, Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray or a DVD.
The Advanced Access Content System (AACS) is a standard for content distribution and digital rights management.