So long TV - Hello Amazon

katmandew

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This evening is our last airing on outdoor TV. We've aired on TV for nine seasons, the first four as On Your Own Adventures and the last five seasons as Fresh Tracks. It has been an interesting learning experience and served some utility to accomplish part of the goals in our business plan.

With outdoor TV experiencing the same declines as all other TV platforms, the opportunity on other digital platforms is far more appealing in terms of reach, freedom, and finances. TV was 100% of our views just two years ago, prior to starting a YouTube channel in January 2016. When our Amazon channel launched in late August, it proved even more that traditional TV was a dying horse. In just two years, YouTube and Amazon are now 80% of our views, with TV shrinking to less than 20% of our views.

So, we have decided to leave outdoor TV. This video explains where you can find us.

[video=youtube_share;qKrI2zznZtI]


The short version is this:

Amazon – This is where long-form content will premiere. It will be longer episodes than you saw in the past. It will be commercial-free. Both a big change from the format and style required of outdoor TV. It is free to Amazon Prime members.

YouTube – We will continue to use this for our day-by-day episodes, tips, ideas, advocacy, strategies, etc. And once the longer episodes have been on Amazon for a while, we will eventually post them here. For those without Amazon Prime, YouTube is a free platform where you will also get to watch the full episodes, just a bit later. If you subscribe (free), you will get notified when new episodes show up on YouTube.

By going exclusively to these two options, we accomplish many objectives that are critical to our "Why":
1. Make our content commercial-free.​
2. Make our content free to anyone willing to watch it.​
3. Get away from the model of outdoor TV where it is hard to tell a story the way you want, where even if your content is different you are required to package it according to the network guidelines, making it all look pretty much the same.​
4. Higher engagement with viewers where we can get feedback on what they watch more/less, what length, style, etc that attracts more viewers.​
5. Have the distribution platforms pay us, rather than pay the networks to distribute our content. In my nine years of outdoor TV, my annual airtime purchase cost has ranged from $52K to $185K. That’s a crazy amount of money, for the small amount of views TV gets you.​
6. Get away from the “King Maker” model that is outdoor TV. The networks make investments in some shows, giving them the best time slots, sending sponsors to those shows, giving them “tune in” advertising, and a host of other efforts to make sure these “investments” are given priority. Many comment how they don’t like what they see on outdoor TV. A big part of that is because the networks, many employees of such being non-hunters, get to pick and choose who they want to see as the “Kings.” That is fine. Their model and they can do what they want. I’m no longer in a position that I have to accept that.​
7. Be free of network contracts. Those contracts have serious consequences if you say/do things they find damaging to their business. It is all at their discretion. I’ve never been one to worry about hurt feelings, but hurt the feelings of the wrong person at the network and you will find you no longer have airtimes and you are then in breach of your sponsor contracts. Serious consequences come with breaching a sponsor contact.​

I’ve never been so excited to be headed where we are. It has been a ton of work, a lot of risk by me and our LLC members, required huge support from our sponsors who told us to take this risk, and support from all of you. We have a lot of new ideas that these platforms allow. You will see them in the coming year.

Want to thank all of you for the great support you have given us. Not a chance we would have been able to get here without your support.


Here are the links where you can watch us, anytime, commercial free.

>----> Amazon (free to Prime members) – www.amazon.com/v/randy
>----> YouTube (its free to subscribe) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQOcUD2aFxEjc-_4JJBLYyg


And if you want to watch a longer form episode on Amazon we made this 2017 antelope hunt live today. Click on the image below.

View attachment 78515
Awesome!
 

diyhunter2017

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This evening is our last airing on outdoor TV. We've aired on TV for nine seasons, the first four as On Your Own Adventures and the last five seasons as Fresh Tracks. It has been an interesting learning experience and served some utility to accomplish part of the goals in our business plan.

With outdoor TV experiencing the same declines as all other TV platforms, the opportunity on other digital platforms is far more appealing in terms of reach, freedom, and finances. TV was 100% of our views just two years ago, prior to starting a YouTube channel in January 2016. When our Amazon channel launched in late August, it proved even more that traditional TV was a dying horse. In just two years, YouTube and Amazon are now 80% of our views, with TV shrinking to less than 20% of our views.

So, we have decided to leave outdoor TV. This video explains where you can find us.

[video=youtube_share;qKrI2zznZtI]


The short version is this:

Amazon – This is where long-form content will premiere. It will be longer episodes than you saw in the past. It will be commercial-free. Both a big change from the format and style required of outdoor TV. It is free to Amazon Prime members.

YouTube – We will continue to use this for our day-by-day episodes, tips, ideas, advocacy, strategies, etc. And once the longer episodes have been on Amazon for a while, we will eventually post them here. For those without Amazon Prime, YouTube is a free platform where you will also get to watch the full episodes, just a bit later. If you subscribe (free), you will get notified when new episodes show up on YouTube.

By going exclusively to these two options, we accomplish many objectives that are critical to our "Why":
1. Make our content commercial-free.​
2. Make our content free to anyone willing to watch it.​
3. Get away from the model of outdoor TV where it is hard to tell a story the way you want, where even if your content is different you are required to package it according to the network guidelines, making it all look pretty much the same.​
4. Higher engagement with viewers where we can get feedback on what they watch more/less, what length, style, etc that attracts more viewers.​
5. Have the distribution platforms pay us, rather than pay the networks to distribute our content. In my nine years of outdoor TV, my annual airtime purchase cost has ranged from $52K to $185K. That’s a crazy amount of money, for the small amount of views TV gets you.​
6. Get away from the “King Maker” model that is outdoor TV. The networks make investments in some shows, giving them the best time slots, sending sponsors to those shows, giving them “tune in” advertising, and a host of other efforts to make sure these “investments” are given priority. Many comment how they don’t like what they see on outdoor TV. A big part of that is because the networks, many employees of such being non-hunters, get to pick and choose who they want to see as the “Kings.” That is fine. Their model and they can do what they want. I’m no longer in a position that I have to accept that.​
7. Be free of network contracts. Those contracts have serious consequences if you say/do things they find damaging to their business. It is all at their discretion. I’ve never been one to worry about hurt feelings, but hurt the feelings of the wrong person at the network and you will find you no longer have airtimes and you are then in breach of your sponsor contracts. Serious consequences come with breaching a sponsor contact.​

I’ve never been so excited to be headed where we are. It has been a ton of work, a lot of risk by me and our LLC members, required huge support from our sponsors who told us to take this risk, and support from all of you. We have a lot of new ideas that these platforms allow. You will see them in the coming year.

Want to thank all of you for the great support you have given us. Not a chance we would have been able to get here without your support.


Here are the links where you can watch us, anytime, commercial free.

>----> Amazon (free to Prime members) – www.amazon.com/v/randy
>----> YouTube (its free to subscribe) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQOcUD2aFxEjc-_4JJBLYyg


And if you want to watch a longer form episode on Amazon we made this 2017 antelope hunt live today. Click on the image below.

View attachment 78515
Amazon fully threw our hunting channel off after 3 seasons. Lot of work editing captioning etc as your aware. No reasoning. Said we didn’t fit community guidelines and removed everything. Tough to swallow
 

silasd

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This evening is our last airing on outdoor TV. We've aired on TV for nine seasons, the first four as On Your Own Adventures and the last five seasons as Fresh Tracks. It has been an interesting learning experience and served some utility to accomplish part of the goals in our business plan.

With outdoor TV experiencing the same declines as all other TV platforms, the opportunity on other digital platforms is far more appealing in terms of reach, freedom, and finances. TV was 100% of our views just two years ago, prior to starting a YouTube channel in January 2016. When our Amazon channel launched in late August, it proved even more that traditional TV was a dying horse. In just two years, YouTube and Amazon are now 80% of our views, with TV shrinking to less than 20% of our views.

So, we have decided to leave outdoor TV. This video explains where you can find us.

[video=youtube_share;qKrI2zznZtI]


The short version is this:

Amazon – This is where long-form content will premiere. It will be longer episodes than you saw in the past. It will be commercial-free. Both a big change from the format and style required of outdoor TV. It is free to Amazon Prime members.

YouTube – We will continue to use this for our day-by-day episodes, tips, ideas, advocacy, strategies, etc. And once the longer episodes have been on Amazon for a while, we will eventually post them here. For those without Amazon Prime, YouTube is a free platform where you will also get to watch the full episodes, just a bit later. If you subscribe (free), you will get notified when new episodes show up on YouTube.

By going exclusively to these two options, we accomplish many objectives that are critical to our "Why":
1. Make our content commercial-free.​
2. Make our content free to anyone willing to watch it.​
3. Get away from the model of outdoor TV where it is hard to tell a story the way you want, where even if your content is different you are required to package it according to the network guidelines, making it all look pretty much the same.​
4. Higher engagement with viewers where we can get feedback on what they watch more/less, what length, style, etc that attracts more viewers.​
5. Have the distribution platforms pay us, rather than pay the networks to distribute our content. In my nine years of outdoor TV, my annual airtime purchase cost has ranged from $52K to $185K. That’s a crazy amount of money, for the small amount of views TV gets you.​
6. Get away from the “King Maker” model that is outdoor TV. The networks make investments in some shows, giving them the best time slots, sending sponsors to those shows, giving them “tune in” advertising, and a host of other efforts to make sure these “investments” are given priority. Many comment how they don’t like what they see on outdoor TV. A big part of that is because the networks, many employees of such being non-hunters, get to pick and choose who they want to see as the “Kings.” That is fine. Their model and they can do what they want. I’m no longer in a position that I have to accept that.​
7. Be free of network contracts. Those contracts have serious consequences if you say/do things they find damaging to their business. It is all at their discretion. I’ve never been one to worry about hurt feelings, but hurt the feelings of the wrong person at the network and you will find you no longer have airtimes and you are then in breach of your sponsor contracts. Serious consequences come with breaching a sponsor contact.​

I’ve never been so excited to be headed where we are. It has been a ton of work, a lot of risk by me and our LLC members, required huge support from our sponsors who told us to take this risk, and support from all of you. We have a lot of new ideas that these platforms allow. You will see them in the coming year.

Want to thank all of you for the great support you have given us. Not a chance we would have been able to get here without your support.


Here are the links where you can watch us, anytime, commercial free.

>----> Amazon (free to Prime members) – www.amazon.com/v/randy
>----> YouTube (its free to subscribe) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQOcUD2aFxEjc-_4JJBLYyg


And if you want to watch a longer form episode on Amazon we made this 2017 antelope hunt live today. Click on the image below.

View attachment 78515
Thanks for that info. As a prime member, I know how I'll be spending my mornings at my in-laws. My father in law and I are the early risers and we usually queue up one of the episodes on YT. It'll be fun to be caught up with Prime.
 

jcbdc

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70 years old, 10 year post stroke patient who’s life revolves around watching hunting videos. I can function on Youtube but have not tried Amazon! Is there a fee or is it free like YouTube? Is it hare to navigate? Thanks
 

Rhino55

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Randy and his crew has renewed my interest in hunting other places beside Coloardo.
 
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70 years old, 10 year post stroke patient who’s life revolves around watching hunting videos. I can function on Youtube but have not tried Amazon! Is there a fee or is it free like YouTube? Is it hare to navigate? Thanks
Amazon prime does cost. You do however get free shipping on most items purchased through Amazon as well as free movies, tv shows etc.

-Z
 

stsinclair

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Just started watching your series and listening to the ElkTalk pod cast. Big fan and thankful for all you do!
 

Dancerpro

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This evening is our last airing on outdoor TV. We've aired on TV for nine seasons, the first four as On Your Own Adventures and the last five seasons as Fresh Tracks. It has been an interesting learning experience and served some utility to accomplish part of the goals in our business plan.

With outdoor TV experiencing the same declines as all other TV platforms, the opportunity on other digital platforms is far more appealing in terms of reach, freedom, and finances. TV was 100% of our views just two years ago, prior to starting a YouTube channel in January 2016. When our Amazon channel launched in late August, it proved even more that traditional TV was a dying horse. In just two years, YouTube and Amazon are now 80% of our views, with TV shrinking to less than 20% of our views.

So, we have decided to leave outdoor TV. This video explains where you can find us.

[video=youtube_share;qKrI2zznZtI]


The short version is this:

Amazon – This is where long-form content will premiere. It will be longer episodes than you saw in the past. It will be commercial-free. Both a big change from the format and style required of outdoor TV. It is free to Amazon Prime members.

YouTube – We will continue to use this for our day-by-day episodes, tips, ideas, advocacy, strategies, etc. And once the longer episodes have been on Amazon for a while, we will eventually post them here. For those without Amazon Prime, YouTube is a free platform where you will also get to watch the full episodes, just a bit later. If you subscribe (free), you will get notified when new episodes show up on YouTube.

By going exclusively to these two options, we accomplish many objectives that are critical to our "Why":
1. Make our content commercial-free.​
2. Make our content free to anyone willing to watch it.​
3. Get away from the model of outdoor TV where it is hard to tell a story the way you want, where even if your content is different you are required to package it according to the network guidelines, making it all look pretty much the same.​
4. Higher engagement with viewers where we can get feedback on what they watch more/less, what length, style, etc that attracts more viewers.​
5. Have the distribution platforms pay us, rather than pay the networks to distribute our content. In my nine years of outdoor TV, my annual airtime purchase cost has ranged from $52K to $185K. That’s a crazy amount of money, for the small amount of views TV gets you.​
6. Get away from the “King Maker” model that is outdoor TV. The networks make investments in some shows, giving them the best time slots, sending sponsors to those shows, giving them “tune in” advertising, and a host of other efforts to make sure these “investments” are given priority. Many comment how they don’t like what they see on outdoor TV. A big part of that is because the networks, many employees of such being non-hunters, get to pick and choose who they want to see as the “Kings.” That is fine. Their model and they can do what they want. I’m no longer in a position that I have to accept that.​
7. Be free of network contracts. Those contracts have serious consequences if you say/do things they find damaging to their business. It is all at their discretion. I’ve never been one to worry about hurt feelings, but hurt the feelings of the wrong person at the network and you will find you no longer have airtimes and you are then in breach of your sponsor contracts. Serious consequences come with breaching a sponsor contact.​

I’ve never been so excited to be headed where we are. It has been a ton of work, a lot of risk by me and our LLC members, required huge support from our sponsors who told us to take this risk, and support from all of you. We have a lot of new ideas that these platforms allow. You will see them in the coming year.

Want to thank all of you for the great support you have given us. Not a chance we would have been able to get here without your support.


Here are the links where you can watch us, anytime, commercial free.

>----> Amazon (free to Prime members) – www.amazon.com/v/randy
>----> YouTube (its free to subscribe) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQOcUD2aFxEjc-_4JJBLYyg


And if you want to watch a longer form episode on Amazon we made this 2017 antelope hunt live today. Click on the image below.

View attachment 78515
I started watching hunting shows a few months ago, oddly enough, on Prime. I am currently on my third trip around on Randy's programming. I'm very grateful to have found this program, as it is helping me learn a great deal about hunting. Thanks Randy and crew, at near 60 I am a complete newby and can use all the help I can get for learning how to go on my first hunt.
 

thebestusernamesaretaken

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Amazon prime does cost. You do however get free shipping on most items purchased through Amazon as well as free movies, tv shows etc.

-Z
To add to Mr. MarylandBeagler's post: You can use your app store on your smart phone to download the amazon prime app and then sign up, and then cast the video from your phone to your TV.

  • If your TV isn't a "smart tv but has a HDMI connection, you could purchase a Chrome Cast devise (from Target, Walmart or ironically Amazon), plug it in, select the correct impute slot on your TV function and then cast prime video from your phone to your TV.
  • Or you can go through a smart TV using its apps..
  • Additionally, Most cable network boxes also have prime as a widget choice or an app already available so you wouldn't have to use your phone for video. Just find the feature on your cable menu turn it on and put in your Prime account information.
You can start an account through this link if you like:


My family uses prime because you can ship anything to your house and most things are free shipping. If you only want it for the video streaming it's cheaper.

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