ArtTutor videos are streaming only. This is the same as the likes of Netflix, LoveFilm, Lynda, Spotify and Amazon Instant.
Why have we chosen to be a streaming only service?
Here's how we look at...
Downloading vs Streaming
If you buy (download) a digital movie from the likes of iTunes, you'll typically pay USD $15-$20 (GBP £10-£15).
And you'll probably watch the film once or twice.
Watching just one new film per month would cost you you USD $240 (£160) per year. And you won't even have a nice collection DVD cases on your shelf to show for it!
If you rent (stream) the movie from iTunes you'll only have a very limited time to watch it, but it will cost you half the price.
If you subscribe (stream) to a service like Netflix, the price is even less, and you get to watch as many movies as you like, as often as you like.
Downloading pros & cons
+ The big advantage of downloading over streaming is that once the video is downloaded it can be watched without an Internet connection. But most of in the US, UK and Europe now have access to wifi at home and fast Internet on the move. And it's getting better every year.
- Downloading is cumbersome if you use a tablet, like an iPad. These devices have limited storage, which you'll quickly fill up with HD videos. You'll have to download a few videos to your desktop computer, transfer them to your iPad, watch them, remove them, then transfer the next few and so on.
Streaming gives you more choice, at a lower price
Streaming video, especially via a subscription service like ArtTutor, allows you to enjoy a much broader range of content for a much lower price, compared to downloading.
Even if you join ArtTutor for just one month (USD $19), you could easily take one course a week. That's the equivalent to paying USD $4.75 per course. Compare that to a 1-day art class, which will cost upwards of USD $75-$100.
If you join ArtTutor for a year, and you only watch one course a month, it works out at less than USD $15 a course - which is less than half the price of similar courses sold as downloads elsewhere.
In fact, as long as you watch 5 of courses in an entire year, it will cost you less than downloading them.
In a nutshell, we believe that most people get better value for money with a streaming-only service.