There are three books in the series so far with another three to come. I think if they were developed into a Television series there could be, with two seasons per book, up to twelve years of continual production. I'd been in touch recently with the authors on Twitter and asked if the movie/television rights to them had been sold. `No’ was the reply, so I began to wonder how they would, in my personal fantasy world, be produced and distributed and to maximum return.
Firstly, through in-App purchase. Through Apple or Android apps...and Windows too I guess, each episode of the season is available to buy, either all at once, as a season or one at a time for a several dollars an episode. Then the user can watch them on their personal device and have the option to mirror it onto their larger screen television or directly on their Telly on apps through iTunes, GooglePlay, Hulu, Netflix etc.
Secondly through YouTube with several options available there. They can buy the whole season at once or per episode or they can watch it for free but with ad breaks spaced at different intervals (that importantly do not alienate the viewer and this cannot be stressed enough). The user though, has to click on the ad and watch the commercial or whatever the advertiser has paid to have happen, before the user continues. The advantages will be that he shows can be locked to play only on the devices they're downloaded onto and cannot be copied without them being unplayable. Releasing the show at a low price with different levels of payment for exclusivity and features world-wide simultaneously will ensure maximum return for all concerned with the production.
Thirdly (is that a word?) is six or so months later when the shows season is released physically on DVD and Blu Ray. Only after this happens will the show then be released for broadcast and pay television. At the moment it's the other way around and people are copying the shows and making them available through torrent sites to download for free. Its great for the consumer and I do it myself on many shows but you have to admit that its an unsustainable business model. I want to pay for the shows I enjoy so the makers of them will be encouraged to make more. Turning that model on its head will I think, lower piracy and return as I mentioned above, greater returns to the actual makers of the show.