There is no way that a video of a whole watershed - or even multiple rivers - is going to sell for $5 (at least not sold by me). That Rocky Broad video took 3.5 days between shooting, editing, exporting, and uploading - and we only shot the one POV angle and did a very rough edit. A whole drainage would take at least a month to do with multiple cameras, probably more than a month. If I sold 200 of them for $5 (which is a generous number based on my experience with the whitewater market, and how narrow the market will be for a drainage specific video), that's $1000 for one month of work, not counting the expense of driving to that drainage time and time again to catch all of those creeks. I don't have a trust fund or sugar mama, and I have to keep food on the table, the lights on, the mortgage paid, etc. just like everybody else. I simply can't do that on pay that is essentially less than $6/hour.
Thanks for the ideas and feedback. I might try doing one popular river as a pilot for $5 to see how it sells, but I guess I'm not very hopeful after this thread. It seems like while people like the idea, they just aren't willing to pay what it's really worth.
I'd still love to hear a yes or no answer to whether people would buy a downloaded video with one river for $5, and opinions on which rivers (in WNC or ETN) people would most like to see.