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Vimeo Lanches Vimeo Plus Paid Service

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?

13 Responses to “Vimeo Lanches Vimeo Plus Paid Service”

  1. I used to love Vimeo. After uploading videos to youtube for over a year I got sick of the moronic comments from trolls so I looked for another video site. I thought Vimeo was a breath of fresh air when I found it. Now it seems that Vimeo is placing more and more restrictions on what you can upload without having Vimeo Plus. There’s now a daily limit on how many standard definition videos you can upload. To make matters worse Vimeo has a lot of glitches (for instance lately half my videos have no sound or they say “still uploading” hours after the video has been uploaded). Therefore if a number of videos don’t upload properly and you delete them you can quickly use up your upload limit and have nothing to show for it.

    I still think Vimeo is better than youtube, but that’s not saying much. The main reason I’m sticking with Vimeo is because I don’t have to put up with as many trolls there as on other sites.

  2. I think Vimeo has to do what it has to do so that it doesnt go down. Vimeo is superior to Youtube, but with a lower general viewer base, Youtube has all the watchers and Vimeo is much less known. By being able to embed HD videos, this will make things much more interesting, since i know of no other site that manages to stream and render HD video like Vimeo, as soon as international support is available, i’ll be on board!

    What i would sorry is, should there not be enough subscribers to the paid service, and Vimeo dies the death (Wouldnt be the first one) then all those that had paid the premium would be peeved!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. D Williams

    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.