Breaker Upstream

The first premium podcast marketplace

#3 Product of the WeekAugust 06, 2018

Breaker Upstream is the first open marketplace for podcasters to sell premium audio content directly to listeners. Podcasters of all sizes can now earn revenue without relying on advertising, making it easier for anyone to start a successful podcast.

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  • Pros: 

    Great UI and interesting concept


    Limited to IOS

    Lets see how monetizing for things that were initially for free will work out in the end

    Carlos Aberdinas has used this product for one week.
  • Pros: 

    Great idea!



    Love it

    Reed Siemieniuk has used this product for one week.


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Ryan HooverPro@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
I hope to see more tools like this to support the podcast ecosystem and creators. I know the Breaker team likely won't make the direct comparison but this feels like a "Patreon for podcasters". If I had more time I'd love to create a personal podcast to experiment with this model... but for now my focus needs to remain on Product Hunt and the podcast we're launching soon. Disclaimer: I invested in Breaker last year.
Joe Anderson
Joe Anderson@anderson760 · Founder @ MightyScout
@rrhoover A premium product hunt podcast could be interesting, curious how you would balance free content and paid premium (reminds me of stratechery). That's probably a model a lot of podcasters will have to figure out
Jonathan Cutrell
Jonathan Cutrell@jcutrell · CTO, @Whiteboardis
@rrhoover As one of the podcasters partnering with Breaker on this, I don't mind comparing it directly. Realistically, this brings the idea of a supporting subscription much more directly to the user. This is dedicated to podcasts, and that makes the experience so much better. I already loved Breaker as my personal podcast player of choice (with no affiliation). This is going to help our audience have a more direct support model for the show with an excellent UX to support THEM.
Ed Brooks
Ed Brooks@edbrooksio · Co-founder of ESPAT Media
@rrhoover very smart investment. Sidestepping the MAD Men
Ian Smith
Ian Smith@iansmith · Founder @DronesPodcast, ex-@DroneDeploy
@rrhoover @anderson760 as a podcast host myself using Patreon, I would never expect to have to pay for a brand's (Product Hunt or any other) podcast, whether premium or not. Just look at 20khz—they drive a ton of exposure to their parent company (Defacto Sound) for free because they just make great content. Donating is optional.
Adam Stacoviak
Adam Stacoviak@adamstac · Editor-in-Chief
@rrhoover interesting...I'd love to talk with you on Founders Talk if you're interested. Say hi or get in touch.
Colin Jones
Colin Jones@ctothejones · Product @Turner, MBA @KelloggSchool
Love Breaker already, but this is a great differentiator and way to drive the audio industry forward. There are various revenue models aside from advertising in premium video content, why not in audio as well? I listen to and value podcasts at least as much as the video content I pay for on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc. That said, I don't know that any ONE podcast provides enough value to warrant the $4.99/mo. example shown above ($0.99/mo. might be more reasonable). There's a reason HBO doesn't charge $5/mo. per show, but rather $15/mo. for access to all their content. Maybe something more like Medium's model where you share revenue back to publishers based on consumption might make more sense from the consumer standpoint? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Just some thoughts. But great job and congrats on launching this, Breaker team!
Leah Culver
Leah CulverMaker@leahculver · Founder & CTO, Breaker
@ctothejones Thanks! 💙 Breaker allows the podcaster to choose their price point, so they can experiment with what works best for them. Developer Tea is one of our launch partners. They have a large and loyal audience, so they're launching an ad-free version for $4.99/month. Over time we'll see how this model works out, but we think it's a great way for podcasters to be able to choose how to monetize their content.
Scott Edwards
Scott Edwards@scottedwards2000 · Director Data Science
@ctothejones @leahculver What about purchasing individual episodes? Is/will that be an option? Not sure why sub's are all the rage these days for content...
Leah Culver
Leah CulverMaker@leahculver · Founder & CTO, Breaker
@ctothejones @scottedwards2000 Yes, individual episode purchase is another option that Breaker offers! Our launch partners 20 Minute Fitness and Fit Because are offering bonus premium episodes.
Scott Edwards
Scott Edwards@scottedwards2000 · Director Data Science
@ctothejones @leahculver awesome! love that you guys offer audio versions of avod, svod, and tvod (aaod, saod, taod anyone?) for potentially the *same* content - that is so rare in the video world I work in...
Chris MessinaHunter@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
Super fan of Breaker (375 listens so far!) — and this approach is very timely. I've noticed a significant uptick in the number of ads being spliced into podcasts and... it's frankly ruining the format in many cases. Hopefully this approach will allow listeners to support their favorite shows and provide specific tooling for podcasters that general crowdfunding platforms like Patreon don't. My biggest worry is about the size of Breaker's audience... it's going to have to grow considerably to make this viable for producers. 🤞🏻
John Egan
John Egan@john_m_egan · Mobile Product Manager from Chicago⚡️
@chrismessina Also a super fan of Breaker (354 listens). I'm very excited about this podcast marketplace in the social community sense. This not only opens new doors for paying a subscription fee for ad-free podcasts, but can also be a place for publishers to sell any merchandise through in-app purchases or deeplinks to store pages. For example, Publishers can sell t-shirts, books, memorabilia, etc. within the podcast or user profile page. Or even a podcast about a new book coming out can highlight that product and link out to Amazon to pre-order/buy. Showcasing products and highlighting links that are used within podcast show notes can be great affiliate program. <- These type of formats can appeal to a ton of publishers that can bring in more users.
Hunter Walk
Hunter Walk@hunterwalk · Partner, Homebrew
happy to see anything which helps the long tail of creators get paid!
Stephen Radford
Stephen Radford@steve228uk · Founder, Cocoon
This is fantastic! Anything that furthers the podcast as a medium as great news. One question, when the user has purchased an episode or subscription are those episodes theirs for good? Can they be exported?
Leah Culver
Leah CulverMaker@leahculver · Founder & CTO, Breaker
@steve228uk Thanks! When a user purchases an episode or subscription, it is available to them in the Breaker app and the Breaker website to listen to as much as they like. For security reasons, there's no way to export the audio.