Vimeo has given us a sneak preview of its forthcoming pay-per-view platform with six new movies including documentaries on hacker collective Anonymous and James Murphy’s LCD Soundsystem.
The films which include We Are Legion: The Story of Hacktivists and footage of the final LCD Soundsystem gig in Shut Up and Play the Hits are available on a ‘pay now, watch it later basis’ – in other words you order a film online and then watch it later on virtually any device – iPad, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV or whatever you like.
While there are six films available to order in total, only four are available in the UK – Beauty is Embarrassing, Sunny, Jeremy Jones’ Further and the aforementioned Shut Up and Play the Hits, which happens to be a UK exclusive.
Costing between $5.00 (£3.15) and £9.00 (£5.70) a throw, you only get access to the films for a limited period, between 72 hours and two months.
Part of the plan is to offer independent filmmakers a place to upload their creations and earn a crust thanks to donations gathered via Tip Jar, similar in some respects to what YouTube is doing with its UK channels right now.
“Our goal is to provide an open and flexible platform that allows all creators and content owners to earn revenue directly from their audiences,” says Vimeo CEO, Kerry Trainor. “We’re really excited to offer this selection of high quality movies in our preview, and we look forward to working with creators worldwide whose stories have a clear home on Vimeo.”
Vimeo plans to release its pay-per-view service to Vimeo PRO members in early 2013.