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Vimeo On Demand streaming review 2020: Product, features and more

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Build your own content library with independent videos from all over the world.

A streaming service that acts as an indie filmmaker’s playground, Vimeo On Demand (VOD) offers a different way to watch movies and TV series online. Rent, buy or subscribe to watch with no commercials — but if mainstream titles are your thing, this isn’t the place for you.

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Free trialNo
Pricing starts atVaries
Lock-in contractNo

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Watch later. Purchased and saved content is part of your library.
  • Payment options. Sellers set the price for their work as well as whether you can rent, buy or subscribe.
  • No ads. Commercials won’t get in the way of your viewing.

Cons

  • No free trial. If you choose to subscribe to a Vimeo On Demand channel, there’s no trial before you buy.
  • Tricky to cancel. Former subscribers have voiced their frustrations with how long and how complicated the cancellation process is.
  • No refunds. Once you make your purchase, there’s no way to get a refund. It doesn’t matter if you ran out of time or didn’t get to watch it.

How is Vimeo On Demand different from other streaming services?

The seller and the creator are the same person. Rather than provide you with a set in stone streaming library of popular movies and TV series, you create a library of your own with Vimeo On Demand. The seller sets the price and purchasing method for their video— you support filmmakers and explore unique content.

What features does Vimeo On Demand offer

Staff Picks

When you first go to the Vimeo On Demand website, you’ll see a Staff Picks section of movies and TV series to get daily recommendation from Vimeo’s curation team.

Airplay/Casting

Casting and Airplay do the same thing — use your chromecast or iOS device to project video content onto your TV. Connect your TV to the same Wi-Fi as your iOS device or chromecast.

Comment

If the seller has the section enabled, you can leave comments on videos like you’d do on YouTube. It’s a nice way to give feedback and reply to other viewers. A few guidelines for the comment section: No HTML or timestamps, but links and regular text are fine.

If I subscribe, what exactly am I subscribing to?

You’re subscribing to a creator’s series. Sellers can decide how you purchase content, and subscribing is one of those options. Watch every video in the series for as long as you continue your subscription, and subscribe to as many series as you want.

What devices is Vimeo On Demand compatible with?

The Vimeo On Demand device compatibility situation is tricky. While various devices are compatible for watching VOD, purchases can only be made on a desktop or Roku device.

  • Smart TV devices:
    • Apple TV
    • Samsung TV (2015 and later)
    • Android TV
  • Mobile devices:
    • iOS (iPhones and iPads)
    • Android (phones and tablets)
  • Other devices:
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick
    • Chromecast
    • Roku

How much does Vimeo On Demand cost?

Unlike Vimeo, Vimeo On Demand doesn’t offer a tier of plans for viewing. It’s strictly a pay-as-you-go model. Rent, buy or subscribe to a film or series that catches your eye. It’s all collected into a content library of your own, each with its own streaming limitations.

While the way you’re able to purchase content depends on the seller, there are a few features you can expect depending on the option you’re given.

MetodWhat to expect…
Rent
  • Rent one video for $0.99+, or an entire series for $5.99+
  • Various streaming periods set by the seller that can be anywhere from 24-hours to a year.
Buy
  • Buy one video at $1.49+, or buy an entire series at $4.99+.
  • Movie costs vary depending on the seller. While most sellers opt to keep prices lower, some videos can get up there.
  • Watch videos as long they’re on Vimeo On Demand.
  • Some sellers give you the option to download the video after you buy.
Suscribe
  • Monthly subscription to the VOD series itself
  • Access to current and future videos on the VOD series
  • Can subscribe to as many series as you want

There’s no guarantee a seller will offer all three purchasing methods, but it’s possible. If you change your mind after your purchase, it’s possible to jump between methods by contacting Vimeo On Demand.

What can I watch with Vimeo On Demand?

Vimeo On Demand streams unique, independent content and experimental videos. You’ll find films from the Sundance festival, dance and photography tutorials and stick figure animation series — and that’s just scratching the surface.

Viewers on Vimeo On Demand create a unique content library with every purchase while supporting creators. There are many genres to choose from, mostly sorted by collections. A few titles you’ll find:

  • 555 by Andrew DeYoung
  • The Three Light Setup by Mark Wallace
  • Margarita with a Straw by Wolfe Video
  • The Black Jacket by Virgil Films
  • The Village of Peace by Affinity Vision

What Internet speeds does Vimeo On Demand recommend?

To view the lowest quality video with VOD, you need an Internet speed of at least 500kbps. For more standard viewing, an Internet speed of around 3Mbps is better.

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Expert review

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Alex Shea was a tech and telco writer for Finder.

Expert review

This isn’t going to serve as a cable cutting alternative. Vimeo On Demand is for viewers who enjoy original content— not cable TV or popular series. It’s more similar to YouTube than Netflix — creators can upload their own videos and set their own prices and features. Adding Vimeo On Demand to your streaming rotation gives you access to content from independent artists around the world. While this will be very appealing to some, it’s not for everyone.

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