Access Groups enable content owners to provide license controlled access to one or multiple content items for group members. Although it is possible to use the shop for selling a group membership, the actual group feature works stand-alone and does not depend on the existence of a shop.
Typically, the group feature is used in one of the following scenarios:
In addition to the above, using access groups make sense in the following scenarios:
Every access group has one associated DRM license, which controls access of all group members to all content items in the access group.
If the license includes time span limitations (e.g. 6 months runtime), these are based on the date/time of the user joining the group. In addition, a license might include a fixed time limitations (e.g. a certain end date), which applies independent of the join date.
By defining the license, just as with every other license, it is also possible to control all other rights to the content, such as the ability to use the content on multiple devices, burn to DVD-R, export, etc.
It is also possible to set a group membership end date individually per group user.
Group members access all content assigned to the group via the secure players (apps or web based). Content added to a group is dynamically listed in all group users' devices and content removed from a group is dynamically removed from the devices.
Access to the content is controlled by DRM licenses. If a user is removed from the group, access to the group content is no longer possible.
The Flickrocket Admin Panel allows detailed tracking of all user activities related to users and content, such as:
The data can be accessed via the Flickrocket admin interface or downloaded for further analysis.
Although access groups work perfectly fine without a shop, it can make sense to combine them with a shop if you want to sell access to a group for a one-time payment. Depending on the license assigned to a group, the customer purchases time limited or permanent access to all items in the group - which might also be updated later.
Note: If you want to charge recurring payments, you should use the subscription system instead.
Access Groups can contain any number of content items of any type. You can assign any product uploaded to Flickrocket as a content item to an access group. If content items are assigned to categories, these categories are used to categorize the content also in player.
When a new product is uploaded, this product can directly be added to an access group by using the upload wizard from both the desktop Flickrocket Content Tools and the web versions.
The Access Group functionality is available under any plan. However, under BASIC and SILVER the Access Groups App needs to be purchased first. Also, not all features are available and certain limitations apply under the BASIC and SILVER. For details see our price list.