Vimeo released Vimeo Plus today, a “pro” account for their video service with a number of features not existing in its free version. I don’t personally need the majority of these features as I upload only once or twice a month, but I will probably buy a subscription soon to support the staff.
I read here that Vimeo doesn’t make enough money from ads, and that it needs this kind of support from its users, or the future might be ugly for the site and its employees. Although I got to say, its HD feature did help with traffic the last few months.
Personally, I believe that the basic features are the ones that bring customers, and not the exotic ones. Vimeo lacks stability, for example, compared to Youtube. You never know if your encoding will go through, or if it will have its HD or SD version not re-encoding just because, or that slowness that exists in many parts of the site, or all the other weird bugs that pop up daily. I would personally gladly pay for better experience rather than for 2 GBs of space. I mean, honestly, unless you are uploading full TV episodes or feature movies, do people need 2 GBs of space per week? It is almost impossible under normal situations (and taking into account our busy modern society) to export more than 15 minutes of good HD footage per week for uploading. If people use up all that 500 MBs per week with the free account, they are either uploading crap, or they have no clue how to encode properly in order to save bandwidth.
Anyways, I have a soft spot for Vimeo because of its artsy side and its cool and very responsive staff, and so I wish it the best of luck, and hopefully I can financially contribute soon too.