Vimeo has taken a leaf out of the Netflix book and launched its first exclusive original series, drug-based comedy-drama High Maintenance.
The action follows a married couple Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair and centres on the travels of Sinclair, aka ‘The Guy’, as a small-time cannabis dealer.
Vimeo has snapped up the rights to show six new episodes of the show exclusively on Vimeo On Demand.
The first three episodes are available to watch now with the remaining three due to follow early next year.
Kerry Trainor, Vimeo CEO said: “Vimeo is dedicated to inspiring creators to share, publish and sell quality content worldwide. Ben and Katja are amazing storytellers – that’s why we invested in them and we’re excited to celebrate the new episodes released today with fans worldwide.”
High Maintenance previously released thirteen episodes on Vimeo to rave reviews in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The New Yorker, whose Emily Nussbaum called the vignettes sketched out in each episode “luxurious and twisty and humane.”
The episodes range between 13-18 minutes long and can be watched for $1.99 (£1.25) a throw. Alternatively, you can snap up the whole lot – including the remaining three episodes – now for $7.99 (£5) if you want to buy in bulk. So to speak. Paying for episodes sees you renting the titles for a year. You can access them on any Vimeo-compatible device from the Watch Later section.
The new episodes are available worldwide. Making good on its promise to bring content to more audiences, Vimeo has translated subtitles for High Maintenance into German, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Hindi, and Japanese.
Vimeo On Demand titles bought online can be watched on any Vimeo-supported device, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Samsung, Philips and Panasonic smart TVs.
Vimeo launched its On Demand pay per view store back in 2012, lauching with documentaries on hacker group Anonymous and LCD Soundsystem. Since launching it’s made efforts to work more closely with directors, offering them a number of different payment methods and ways of communicating with viewers. Check out the trailer for High Maintenence below.