YouTube has accepted RetouchPRO into its "YouTube Rentals" beta program. This is a very early and still rough beta, but it could provide the "on-demand" option I get several requests for per day. As a test, I've uploaded a selection of RetouchPRO LIVE shows for anyone that wants to "rent" them.
This is only a test.
They're all available in HD (if your broadband is fast enough), and you can pause, skip forward and backwards, and watch however many times you like over the 3 day period. However, even at 1080p it's not quite as sharp as the live shows or even the rebroadcasts, but that is due to transcoding and generational loss and will be the same for any on-demand solution (the live shows are actually higher than HD). But they still look very good at 1080p, and are perfectly legible even at 480.
YouTube is more expensive than I'd like, but that's a function of scale (as I've mentioned in many posts already). If this proves to be as popular as the rebroadcasts I can move to another streaming provider and cut the price by a few dollars.
Since it is a beta program, it's currently limited to US viewers (that is expected to be lifted after it leaves beta). Since this is only a test, it will not interfere with the regular rebroadcasts.
Also, YouTube is handling all the streaming and billing, I have no control over any of that part. So use their technical support if you have streaming or billing problems. There is absolutely no crossover between this and the live shows. Different server companies, different billing companies. Please do not ask me for credits or refunds, that's out of my hands.
This is only a test, so do not assume the rest of the shows will appear anytime soon (it takes nearly 3 days just to post one, assuming nothing goes wrong, and during much of that time my computer is pretty much useless for anything else, especially RP LIVE shows). Once I get some feedback and can see how much interest there is, I'll decide whether or not to upload more shows.
This is only a test, so please do not request specific shows for "next". It is still very much open as to whether there will even be a next.
Ok, as long as it is perfectly clear that this is only a test, I invite you to check it out: http://www.youtube.com/retouchpro
You are welcome to tell others about this (even encouraged), but please give them the link to this post (so they can read the above) and not the direct YouTube link.
Did I mention this is only a test?