Vimeo Acquires Livestream – Launches Vimeo Live

Vimeo, the world’s largest ad-free open video platform, announced an agreement to acquire Livestream, the leading live video solution that powers over 10 million events a year. Vimeo also rolled out its own Vimeo Live product, offering professional live streaming capabilities directly through its platform for the first time.

Following completion of the acquisition, Livestream’s offering will be integrated with Vimeo to empower creators to capture, edit, stream, and archive live events, as well as host, distribute, and monetize videos, all in one seamless workflow. The move into live streaming positions Vimeo as the most complete video solution in the market for businesses, organizations, and professional creators.

The combination of Vimeo and Livestream will offer:

Innovative Production Hardware and Software – Livestream provides best-in-class production tools and services for capturing, broadcasting and editing live events, from its live event Mevo camera to its live production switcher Studio. Future integrations with Vimeo will provide creators with direct access to stream live events through Vimeo and leverage the platform’s robust video tools.

High Quality Streaming – With Vimeo Live, creators can now broadcast live events in full 1080p with built-in cloud transcoding and adaptive streaming, so viewers can watch in stunning high quality, perfectly fit for their device and bandwidth. Auto-archived live videos on Vimeo can be replaced with files to support 4K viewing.

Powerful Distribution and Marketing Tools – Creators using Vimeo Live have the flexibility to embed the fully customizable Video player wherever they choose, see who’s attending their event by enabling email capture in the player, turn on live chat, and view live and archived stats to track performance. The addition of Livestream’s syndication tools will enable live distribution across social platforms in the future, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Twitter.

Singular Home for Video Workflow – Vimeo now provides one home to help creators with all aspects of their video hosting and live streaming workflow – from broadcasting and auto-archiving to storage, management and collaboration to distribution, marketing and analytics.

Post-event videos can also be monetized directly to audiences worldwide as a rental, purchase or subscription. Moving forward, Vimeo will also integrate live with its over-the-top (OTT) technology, enabling live content in branded apps across iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon, Samsung, and more.

Vimeo Launches Monthly Subscription Service

Vimeo logoVideo distribution platform Vimeo has become a leader in providing monetization options for media producers. A few years ago, Vimeo began offering an on-demand paid service that has seen wide adoption by independent film and video directors. This on-demand service is based on a 90/10 revenue split between producers who use the service and Vimeo. This has proven to be a successful strategy for Vimeo and it’s seen by many as the only real monetization alternative to typical channels like YouTube which mostly rely on low paying preroll or overlay ads.

Vimeo is stepping up its paid services game as now the platform has added monthly subscriptions to its on-demand offerings. This new service will see the same 90/10 revenue split in favor of producers. Users who’d like to create their own subscription-based video channels can set their own monthly fees for access and then add as much (or as little) new content as they’d like. This could be an extremely useful development for podcasters who produce a lot of premium videos that they’d like to keep behind a paywall. Also, the monthly subscription model falls more in line with how podcasters operate, as opposed to the one-off system previously offered by Vimeo On Demand.

Accessing Vimeo’s on-demand services requires a Vimeo Pro account at a cost of $199/year. So, the service might be a bit pricey for producers who haven’t yet built up a decent-sized catalog. But if this new subscription service sounds right for you, head over to Vimeo and get signed up.