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Vimeo redesigns Apple TV app to streamline viewing, browsing

07/09, 12:57pm

Speeds up access to Watch Later, other content sections

Vimeo has launched an update of its app for the Apple TV, according to an official blog post. The new app has a more streamlined interface, reducing the number of button presses needed to get to sections like the Watch Later queue, uploaded videos, or collections. The home page now features a number of curated channels, such as monthly staff favorites and popular videos. One of these is a Vimeo On Demand section, which lets people watch trailers for paid titles and later buy them.

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Briefly: Codecademy's expansion, Vimeo's 'Copyright Match' system

05/23, 2:34am

Online code education platform announces new partnerships in five countries

Codecademy, an educational startup aiming to provide accessible learning of programming code, has announced expansion into five more markets -- the UK, France, Brazil, Estonia and Argentina. Agreements with educational and government groups have allowed Codecademy to be available on a localized level, with partnerships including work on customized programs, and non-English language content. Presently, Codecademy courses remain free.

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Briefly: Vimeo iOS app updated, Cocktail 6.9 released

05/10, 12:05am

Vimeo app revises its over-all design

Video streaming platform Vimeo has received an update for its iOS version, released today. Vimeo allows users to view and upload video content, including HD playback with no ads before, after or on top of the videos. The latest version of Vimeo features an overall new look and feel, with streamlined menus and more lightweight design. Quick access to preferred videos, feeds, likes and a Watch Later queue is also included, and user profiles can be further personalized. Vimeo is free to download, and requires iOS 7.0 or later to run.

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Briefly: Vimeo and Leap Motion team up, AllCast on Amazon Fire store

04/20, 12:24am

Vimeo's Couch mode feature adds compatibility with Leap Motion controller

Video content platform Vimeo has announced that its Couch Mode feature is now compatible with the Leap Motion controller. The new addition allows Vimeo users to control their viewing with hand-based gestures, such as a circle gesture with one's finger fast-forwarding or rewinding a video, and tapping one's finger in the air engages playing or pausing. A swiping gesture plays the next video in queue.

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Briefly: Vimeo acquires Cameo, Sony's virtual reality headset for PS4

03/18, 11:17pm

Vimeo acquires video recording, editing and sharing app Cameo

Vimeo has announced today that it has acquired video shooting, editing and sharing video iPhone app Cameo. Offering a two-minute maximum sequence length, Cameo differs from short-form video apps such as Vine and Instagram. Users can change the order of the clips, add music and invite friends to contribute with their own footage. Themes build on a traditional filter with caption font, color tweaks and effects. The terms of Vimeo's deal with Cameo has not been disclosed, however it has been stated that the app will not be shut down at present.

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Vimeo redesigns video player for performance, in-player purchases

01/07, 3:11pm

HTML5 now default across all platforms

Streaming video site Vimeo has launched a major redesign of its web player. The new one is said to start playback faster, resize smoothly, and sync preferences across multiple players within the same browser. People using Vimeo on Demand can choose to buy or rent videos from with the player, regardless of where the clip is currently playing.

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Redbox, Vimeo, HBO to support Chromecast, phone streaming app created

07/31, 8:26am

Developer able to stream video, photographs directly from phone to Chromecast

The Google Chromecast will be receiving more support in the future, with reports of Redbox, Vimeo, and HBO preparing to take advantage of the device. The possible new additions come at the same time as a developer shows off a way for smartphones to directly share images and video with the streaming dongle.

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iOS 7 to get Flickr, Vimeo integration, source says

05/21, 5:30pm

Could be used as excuse to pull YouTube support from iOS

Apple is aiming to integrate Flickr and Vimeo into iOS 7, a source tells 9to5Mac. The integration is expected to work in much the same way as Facebook and Twitter support does in iOS 6, allowing single sign-ins via the Settings menu. In the case of Flickr, at least, signing in may not only add another option to iOS' built-in sharing menus, but also simplify apps with their own hooks for the service, such as Instagram. Flickr is already integrated into OS X Mountain Lion and the iOS edition of iPhoto.

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Vimeo On Demand exits beta, provides movie rentals, sales

03/12, 12:41pm

Premium service to offer videographers alternative distribution system

Video streaming service Vimeo has opened up its streaming rentals and sales service to all Vimeo Pro users. Vimeo On Demand initially launched as a private beta, offering six movies in various genres to view, with customers paying between $5 and $9 per film and getting up to 60 days in order to view it.

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Skype, TomTom, Vimeo iOS apps get major updates

11/28, 10:56am

Skype allows merging Messenger, Hotmail, Outlook contacts

Several key iOS apps have received major updates today, most notably Skype and Skype for iPad. The pair can now access Messenger, Hotmail, and Outlook.com contacts after a person has entered their Microsoft account info. People who haven't used Skype before can now finally create an account from within the app, and instant messaging has been improved with selectable emoticons, and the ability to edit messages by tapping and holding. On the dialpad, saved phone numbers can be edited without having to visit a separate window.

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Vimeo launches private beta of pay-to-view video rentals

11/14, 11:52am

Beta system allows for two-month rentals, filmmaker pricing

Vimeo has updated its service to include pay-per-view rentals. Available to content creators in a private beta, the new Movies service allows filmmakers to recoup their costs by offering their projects to viewers as streamed rentals, with automatic downloads to a "Watch Later" list for offline access expected to be offered shortly after the preview phase.

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Boxee TV now at Walmart, gets free No Limits DVR trial

11/01, 11:45am

Holiday promotion of Boxee TV promises 3-month cloud DVR trial

As expected, the Boxee TV is now available for purchase at Walmart. The big box store chain is the only retail location to purchase the device, with online purchasing at Boxee's site the other option. The $98 piece of hardware includes a digital antenna, and word is buyers will get a three-month trial period to the No Limits DVR service.

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Boxee TV lets users watch TV content in high definition

10/16, 11:55am

Boxee TV gets subscription-based No Limits DVR capability, $100 price tag

Boxee, which traditionally made products that focused on streaming multimedia content from local storage and the web, has now introduced the aptly named Boxee TV. It will let users watch live TV content from ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and other channels in high definition. It also doubles as a DVR and bring Internet Apps to a connected HDTV.

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Nikon uses Canon 5D MkII, other footage in D800 promo

03/07, 12:15pm

Nikon pulls D800 promo videos with Canon content

In a promo video for its recently released D800 at its Bangkok launch, Nikon included footage that not only was used without permission but also shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Once the video was shared on YouTube (below), people who recognized their work began calling Nikon out on its mistake. One such party was Norwegian pro photographer Terje Sørgjerd, whose work is seen in Nikon's video, was used without permission, and was shot with a Canon 5D Mark II.

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Vimeo updates iOS app with iPad interface, easier features

02/27, 9:30am

Many options no longer require logins

Vimeo has released a major update of its iOS app, bringing it up to v2.0. The main addition is a native iPad interface, which offers the unique advantage of being able to watch a clip while simultaneously browsing through others; users can switch to a fullscreen mode when needed. The app's original iPhone interface has meanwhile been simplified.

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Vimeo tests redesigned video-sharing site with some users

01/24, 3:05pm

Vimeo begins closed testing of huge redesign

Vimeo will begin to roll out a newly redesigned website that will put more focus on the videos themselves. Performance and an optimized user interface are also priorities, with the latest programming languages used to build it. The more specific changes include a full-size player that's twice as wide as the old one, more privacy options, and additional ways to share and discover content.

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Vimeo to start up music licensing store for video makers

09/21, 4:55pm

Vimeo teams with Audiosocket on music store

The home-made video music sharing service, Vimeo, will begin offering music through its Vimeo Music Store. Unlike iTunes or other music stores, however, the music store will allow licensing songs for non-commercial and limited commercial use. The service will be powered by Audiosocket's Music-as-a-Service (MaaS) platform.

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Nielsen: free beats content in mobile video apps

08/01, 6:30pm

Nielsen shows price wins in mobile video app war

Most people using video apps are concerned more about how much it costs than what it contains, Nielsen said on Monday. A disproportionately large 63 percent of those using apps on iPhones, iPads, Android and elsewhere considered the price "very important" and wanted it either free or with a low subscription. Only 42 to 47 percent were sincerely concerned about what and how much video there was.

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Apple TV update adds streaming TV purchases, Vimeo

08/01, 12:55pm

Apple TV gets Vimeo and purchased videos

Apple slipped out a new Apple TV update on Monday with a pair of major updates. The new upgrade lets users buy and stream TV shows directly from the media hub, even including those they had already bought through iTunes. Apple TV owners previously had to rent TV shows and were limited to just ABC and Fox shows as a result.

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Vimeo iPhone app brings free iMovie-style editing

03/29, 11:05am

Vimeo intros iPhone app, plans Android

Vimeo gave iPhone users an alternative to iMovie on Tuesday through its own native app (free, App Store). The app both plays Vimeo clips but lets users record and edit movies using similar linear timeline. It previews differently but lets users stitch together clips and add multiple audio backdrops, titles, and transitions.

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Vimeo adds "couch mode" for Google TV viewing

10/26, 7:55pm

UI optimized for distance viewing

Vimeo has launched a new interface, dubbed "couch mode," that is optimized for Google TV or any other devices that take advantage of televisions or other large displays watched at a distance. The new option still allows users to like clips, add content to a Watch Later playlist, and access information about videos or other users.

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Vimeo starts up HTML5 embedded video for iPad, hits Roku

08/17, 2:55pm

Vimeo supports HTML5 embeds and Roku channel

Vimeo today gave owners of iPads, iPhones and future Android devices the option of viewing most of its video in an HTML5 embedded player. The new approach automatically switches between Flash and HTML5 and will automatically switch to the appropriate format depending on the device and software. Apple devices will usually play in H.264 where supporting versions of Android and other platforms could play the plugin-free clips in WebM.

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Apple taunts Adobe with "iPad ready" HTML5 sites

04/01, 1:45pm

Apple notes NYT, Flickr onboard with HTML5

Apple fired a shot at Adobe on Thursday by posting a list of iPad ready sites. All of the pages support HTML5 for video when seen on the iPad and either show a special site without Adobe Flash or have already dropped Flash in favor of the plugin-free option. In addition to known sites like Vimeo and Virgin America, it also confirms that CNN, Flickr, the New York Times and several other major sites have made the switch.

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Hulu, Netflix, ABC, CBS plan iPad apps

04/01, 8:15am

iPad would get Hulu and Netflix streaming soon

Two of the most important Internet video websites are planning native iPad apps, a pair of leaks showed in the past few hours. One set of tips claims that the Hulu iPad app is real and will carry a subscription that will also cover other services. Core details have reportedly been worked out, with only rights negotiation is left over.

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Vimeo converts videos for iPhone, Android

11/11, 2:55pm

Company planning on creating dedicated iPhone app

Vimeo on Wednesday announced plans to extend its movie service onto the iPhone and Android platforms, according to CNET News. All of the site's content from the staff picks and HD video showcase have already been converted to formats optimized for mobile handsets.

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Google buys On2 to boost YouTube quality

08/05, 9:30am

Google Buys On2

Google on Wednesday morning said it would buy On2 Technologies in a $106.5 million deal that could improve the quality of YouTube videos. The acquisition gives Google access to On2's video compression methods and is expected to directly translate into one or more of Google's video websites, most likely involving YouTube but potentially Google Video as well. While the search engine giant says it can't talk about product plans, it claims to be "committed to innovation" in video quality on the web.

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YouTube boosting video quality for iPhone?

03/03, 3:00pm

YouTube Resolution

Google's primary video site YouTube is quietly increasing the quality of its videos, viewers have found over the weekend. The Flash-based site has begun re-encoding the web versions of its videos when possible, increasing their resolution from 320x240 to 480x360. Audio quality has also improved to include stereo AAC audio versus the lower bitrate mono sound of before, users note. The improvement primarily applies to newly uploaded videos, which are automatically produced in both the regular and high-quality versions, but is also being applied to older videos. The extra quality currently remains optional and must be activated by adding a tag to the address of the improved videos.

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