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Correct me if I’m wrong, but my understand was that Youtube was able to hit dominance in part because it ran at a loss for a long time and basically encouraged everyone to just throw stuff on the platform. I don’t know how you become the indie version of Youtube if people are nervous about putting experimental, indie, or even crappy videos on the site out of fear that those videos might contribute to their bayou pasta walk ons hosting costs. I’m not sure Vimeo is miscalculating, at least in the specific case listed in the article. If the creator in question were to self-host their own video on AWS or Fastly, they’d be paying about what Vimeo wants to charge them. If you’re uploading very long videos and have a use case that demands watching at 1080p or 4K, then even a few hundred views will breach 10TB+ of bandwidth per video.

Thats maybe pure bandwidth costs with whoever you get bandwidth from. Most people can’t set up their own password protected video streaming service. A lot has changed since the debut of YouTube, the tech stack necessary to host your own HD videos is open source and really quite simple for an experienced developer. Ffmpeg, nginx and one of the many open source web player clients and you’re all set.

There might be open source software that does that, but nothing springs to my mind. So “bandwidth usage was within the top 1 percent of Vimeo users” says they have no audience and no traffic, doesn’t it? With Vimeo, videos recorded with an Apple device in Dolby Vision can now be shared and viewed in the exact picture quality as intended by the creator. Based on our record, Vimeoseems to be more popular.

But what you can’t do on YouTube is pay to not show ads to those viewing your videos. If it were an option, I would pay to have my videos be hosted ad-free on YT for the other features the platform offers. I have to wonder how your pricing model of “views” is going to fare when Vimeo is dumping what they consider to be their worst customers onto you. Everything I know about how networks pay each other for this would suggest that you’re charging a blended rate for a good whose cost is highly variable. 1000 people who watch a 1 minute video is 1000 minutes. 1000 people who watch an hour long video is 60,000 minutes, consuming much more bandwidth with the same view count.

They also have a VOD offering and some interesting stuff for turning that into a set-top box channel which I have not dug into. It’s kind of like Soundcloud in that regard, where they’re the most popular, go-to destination for something that doesn’t actually make any money. Vimeo is not obligated to subsidize clients they lose money on, but they don’t need to screw them over by drastically changing their fees without enough notice for the user to reasonably be able to move. There is still a lot of stuff like this, but it’s harder than ever to find, and certainly not anywhere near as much as it used to be. Perhaps a new entrant would burn investment to try but Vimeo is hopefully not going to want to roll dice on an established company with real customers, after having already been beaten by YouTube once. As I recall, Vimeo was a tool that CollegeHumor built for themselves back before YouTube was YouTube, and it survived (thrived?) almost accidentally on the backs of its “professional” users.

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