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Vimeo has announced that it has commenced the rollout of adaptive streaming across its service. This is a major upgrade which will enable the streaming of videos in 4K resolution to viewers through both the website and the Vimeo player, which can be embedded in third party websites. 
Adaptive streaming is a technique used in streaming multimedia over computer networks and is designed to work efficiently over large distributed HTTP networks such as the Internet. It works by detecting a user's bandwidth and CPU capacity in real time and adjusting the quality of a video stream accordingly. 
In addition to making 4K videos available through and the Vimeo player, the company has announced that their Vimeo On Demand service will also be upgraded to support adaptive streaming. Vimeo On Demand is an open platform that enables Vimeo Pro members to sell their work directly to their audience. The upgrade to adaptive streaming will make Vimeo On Demand the largest open-access on-demand platform with 4K videos worldwide.
“Vimeo empowers creators to make, share and sell their best work, and starting today, have that work played back in the highest resolution possible,” said Andrew Pile, CTO, Vimeo. “We launched 4K upload support for PRO members last year, and now, as we start to see more widespread adoption of 4K-enabled screens in the market, we’re excited to roll out adaptive streaming across Vimeo.”
Last month Vimeo updated Cameo – its powerful video-editing app for iOS – to support 4K video shot on the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. In addition, Vimeo’s iOS and Apple TV apps now support adaptive streaming. The company has said that Vimeo’s full suite of apps, including those for Android, Roku and Amazon TV, will likewise be updated in the coming months.
Vimeo began the roll out of adaptive streaming last week and the company stated that it will be fully integrated by early Q1 2016.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.


  1. … since Adaptive Streaming rolled out. Please tell me if this makes any sense whatsoever. Vimeo Adaptive Streaming requires that you now manually click to HD on embeds (most notably Facebook). What??

    Vimeo has taken the position that this is in the best interests of it’s paying subscribers – aka: Big Brothering.

    So Vimeo – let me ask you this one simple question: Is it your sincere belief that people would rather watch videos in SD? Long live Twisted Logic.

    There are a lot of long-time Vimeo customers that are rip-snortin’ mad about this.


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