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As promised, the increasingly popular video sharing site Vimeo launched its premium paid service today, introducing a host of new features for those willing to pony up (and placing more restrictions on those who don’t).

As promised, the increasingly popular video sharing site Vimeo launched its premium paid service today, introducing a host of new features for those willing to pony up — and placing more restrictions on those who don’t.

For a $59.95 annual subscription, Vimeo Plus offers:

  • 2GB upload per week
  • Ad-free environment
  • Unlimited HD uploading
  • 1,000 embeddable HD videos
  • Better quality standard video
  • Priority uploading
  • Other features such as player customization, privacy options, and unlimited channels, groups and albums

But the Vimeo that giveth also taketh away. Standard users sticking with the free account can now only upload one HD video per week and can create only one group, one channel and three albums. (If you have more than these in your existing account, you get to keep them.) Plus, even with the Plus account, the HD embeds are limited to 1,000 plays. If the playcount goes over, you can either purchase more HD plays, or it will revert to standard definition.

Vimeo’s backer, Barry Diller, said that Vimeo wasn’t big enough to attract serious ad revenue, so this is pretty much the only option left for the site. Will it’s loyal fan base pay up to keep it going?

  1. Nicely done Vimeo. Consider me signed up.

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  2. Bravo! I’ve been a big fan of Vimeo and their video quality for a long time – as soon as they make it available to us international folks, I’ll be signing up for Plus.

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  3. $60 is a bit steep, but whatever. I would participate on that site, but the user base appears too snobby for me.

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  4. Pro account a la Flickr. Its worth trying.

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  5. [...] Plus today. Vimeo Plus is a paid service that offers additional benefits over the free service. NewTeeVee has a good overview of all of the features of Vimeo Plus which include: $59.95/yr, no ads, more uploads per week, [...]

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  6. [...] contrário ao do YouTube que, cada vez mais, busca ter receita por meio de publicidade.  Segundo o blog NewTeeVee, por não ter uma audiência tão alta quanto a do site de vídeos da Google, mas uma comunidade de [...]

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  7. Stupid move… Vimeo isn’t incredible by any means, and adding that is just going to piss some people off. And some is a lot to them…

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  8. Re “But the Vimeo that giveth also taketh away.” – This is particularly true for anyone who doesn’t live in the US. The upgrade to “Vimeo Plus” is limited to US residents, so international users are now stuck with the new, onerous restrictions of “Vimeo Free”. The introduction of those restrictions could and should have been deferred until their payment system was capable of dealing with more than just one country. But by implementing these restrictions now and alienating their international users, their future international sales will likely be lower. Ironically, given the current compative state of national economies, if a single country had to be picked as the first for ‘Vimeo Plus’, the US would probably not be the one to provide the best percentage of users willing and able to pay.

    The likely effect of the new restrictions also worries me. Limiting HD uploads to a maximum of just one HD upload per week will mean that users who don’t (or can’t) convert to Vimeo Plus will be tempted to cheat the system. The way to do this is easy – simply merge multiple small videos into a single weekly compendium video. The result of that will be that their content will become progressively more and more messed up, their search capability will become increasingly polluted and unusable, all of which will seriously detract from what started out as a superb service.

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  9. When Vimeo restricted the uploading of video game clips and bungled the public relations response to this policy, they killed any interest or desire I (and others in the community) had to use their service. I’m certainly happy to pay that money for this kind of service and evangelize it to others of the same mindset, however the money will not go to Vimeo, and I actively encourage others like me to invest elsewhere.

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  10. D Williams, I understand what you’re saying, and we’re working as fast as possible to add International support. I don’t forsee your prediction of merged videos coming true, though. I certainly wouldn’t use that method. I have been a paying member of a certain photo-sharing website for three years, and I consider it money well spent.

    Eric, I can only assume that you think we “bungled” the PR because we did not reverse the decision. We stand by the decision for the reasons previously given. Vimeo continues to grow in both population and quality content despite the reaction of those who wanted to use Vimeo to post gameplay videos.

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