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Vimeo starts charging some accounts for heavy bandwidth usage

Vimeo starts charging some accounts for heavy bandwidth usage

[14:59 Wed,16.March 2022   by ]    

If you want to host your videos on Vimeo, you can choose between various paid subscription options, which differ in the amount of available data storage (from 5GB per week to unlimited). But storing the videos is only one aspect of hosting, it also depends on how often they are played or how much data traffic is generated by their use.

Officially, Vimeo offers unlimited bandwidth for all subscription options, but in fact this only applies up to a certain point, namely "subject to fair use" (fair use is the original English term, a term that is usually used in other contexts) as a small addendum states:



"Unlimited bandwidth - fair use:
Users in the top percent of monthly bandwidth usage (99% of Vimeo users never reach this threshold) may be charged for excessive usage."

The threshold appears to be around 2TB of bandwidth per month - those who consume more bandwidth with their video views can expect to be presented with an uncomfortable choice by Vimeo: pay a sometimes substantial surcharge per year, throttle their bandwidth usage, or lose their Vimeo account.

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As described by article in The Verge, several professional users who fund their videos hosted on Vimeo via Patreon have recently received emails from Vimeo with demands of ,000-3,500 per year for excessive data usage. Those who don&t want to pay the extra charge will have to move all their videos to another service in a relatively short time.

Vimeo argues that video hosting with them is not cross-funded by advertising, and therefore it is too expensive for them if some subscribers consume a disproportionate amount of traffic. The approach of charging extra in individual cases seems to be reasonably new and was introduced as part of Vimeo&s rebranding, it seems - more or less under the radar. Here&s what The Verge quotes from one of the emails sent out:

"On some high consumption accounts (including your account), Vimeo has been losing money supporting its usage. This has become problematic for our leadership team and they made the decision to implement a fair use policy in which we reserve the right to charge the top 1% of bandwidth-consuming accounts based on the amount of bandwidth they are utilizing."

Vimeo started in 2004 as a more "serious" alternative to YouTube, specifically tailored to filmmakers, but it is now a publicly traded company and as such must put profitability first. In recent years, this has also shifted the focus of the business, as a February 9 letter to shareholders makes very clear: "Today we are a technology platform, not a viewing destination. We are a B2B solution, not the indie version of YouTube," it says.

The only question is whether another service would like to offer itself as an indie version of YouTube. Patreon is said to be working on its own video tool so that it can host videos itself in the future.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)If you want to host your videos on Vimeo, you can choose between various paid subscription options, which differ in the amount of available data storage (from 5GB per week to unlimited). But storing the videos is only one aspect of hosting, it also depends on how often they are played or how much data traffic is generated by their use.

Officially, Vimeo offers unlimited bandwidth for all subscription options, but in fact this only applies up to a certain point, namely "subject to fair use" (fair use is the original English term, a term that is usually used in other contexts) as a small addendum states:

"Unlimited bandwidth - fair use:
Users in the top percent of monthly bandwidth usage (99% of Vimeo users never reach this threshold) may be charged for excessive usage."

The threshold appears to be around 2TB of bandwidth per month - those who consume more bandwidth with their video views can expect to be presented with an uncomfortable choice by Vimeo: pay a sometimes substantial surcharge per year, throttle their bandwidth usage, or lose their Vimeo account.

As described by article in The Verge, several professional users who fund their videos hosted on Vimeo via Patreon have recently received emails from Vimeo with demands of ,000-3,500 per year for excessive data usage. Those who don&t want to pay the extra charge will have to move all their videos to another service in a relatively short time.

Vimeo argues that video hosting with them is not cross-funded by advertising, and therefore it is too expensive for them if some subscribers consume a disproportionate amount of traffic. The approach of charging extra in individual cases seems to be reasonably new and was introduced as part of Vimeo&s rebranding, it seems - more or less under the radar. Here&s what The Verge quotes from one of the emails sent out:

"On some high consumption accounts (including your account), Vimeo has been losing money supporting its usage. This has become problematic for our leadership team and they made the decision to implement a fair use policy in which we reserve the right to charge the top 1% of bandwidth-consuming accounts based on the amount of bandwidth they are utilizing."

Vimeo started in 2004 as a more "serious" alternative to YouTube, specifically tailored to filmmakers, but it is now a publicly traded company and as such must put profitability first. In recent years, this has also shifted the focus of the business, as a February 9 letter to shareholders makes very clear: "Today we are a technology platform, not a viewing destination. We are a B2B solution, not the indie version of YouTube," it says.

The only question is whether another service would like to offer itself as an indie version of YouTube. Patreon is said to be working on its own video tool so that it can host videos itself in the future.

Link more infos at bei vimeo.com

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