help for developers

Frequently-asked questions

I'm interested! How do I set up a bitcents subscriber network?

bitcents is currently in limited beta (and we're still a very small company!) so unfortunately we can't offer open sign-ups yet, but we'll work as fast as we can to get you set up. Please fill out this form, and a member of the relevant team will be in touch with you soon.

Why should I set up a subscriber network?

People consume more content now than they ever have before. bitcents offers a way for publishers to monetize their high-quality content, but we can't do it without your help. Developer-built subscriber networks are the primary interface that users have with bitcents publisher partners. Subscriber networks charge users for their content consumption and can provide users with additional services--whether that's new tools for sharing or discovering news or creative delivery methods, such as mobile or collated physical copies.

A subscriber network keeps 6% of its revenues from page view charges; the remainder is split between the publisher and bitcents. A subscriber network can also charge its users directly for premium services.

Does tppnce, the subscriber network created by bitcents, have an unfair advantage?

No, not at all. bitcents can't work without a subscriber network so we had to build one to be available at launch. Subscriber networks will succeed or fail based on their features, ease of use, and customer satisfaction. tppnce is a very basic subscriber network that doesn't even scratch the surface of the potential innovations possible for developers who partner with bitcents.

What are my oblications in setting up a subscriber network?

Subscriber networks are responsible not only to their users, but also to bitcents and its publishing partners, who trust the subscriber networks with their readers and revenue streams. Every subscriber network is therefor required to agree to a set of principles and obligations, which include requirements about the timing of payments, subscriber refunds, and the retention and use of subscriber data. In additon, new subscriber networks are required to submit a cash deposit to bitcents to ensure the regular and timely payment of bitcents publisher partners.

Why is a deposit necessary?

Our publisher partners trust subscriber networks to process the revenue they earn from their content. Your deposit enusres that bitcents is able to pay publishers in a timely manner. Payments to publishers made out of your deposit will incur a fee in the subsequent billing cycle.

Are there any rules about when or how subuscriber networks pay bitcents?

Subscriber networks are invoiced on the first (US) business day of each month for the previous month's usage. Payment on all invoices is due within five (US) business days.

What are the tax implications of being a subscriber network?

We are not your lawyers. Or your accountants. You should check with a professional to udnerstand the implications of setting up a subscriber network, keeping in mind that you will be doing business with Bitcents Inc., a Delaware-based corporation.

Why do I have to agree to such strict privacy rules?

Privacy is important to bitcents, and we insist that all our partners respect consumer privacy and choice. Promotional communications, for example, must be opt-in rather than opt-out, and information is never to be sold or otherwise provided to a third party except in response to a valid legal order.

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