Vimeo launches PPV movie service

Online video platform Vimeo is to launch a pay-per-view movie service as it looks to compete with rival YouTube.

The IAC-owned platform is launching the pay-to-view service with six movies that will be available across the US, UK and the rest of the world. Viewers that pay for the films, which range in price from US$5 (€4) to US$10, will be able to watch the films online or on a number of devices including Apple TV, Samsung TVs, Roku and tablets including the iPad.

Movies include Javier Bardem’s Sons of the Cloud: The Last Colony, which will be available in the US and Canada, documentary We Are Legion: The Story of Hacktivists, which will be available in the US, LCD Soundsystem doc Shut Up and Play The Hits, which will be available in the UK, Wayne White’s comedy Beauty is Embarrassing, action sports film Sunny and Jeremy Jones’ Further, which will all be available worldwide.

Vimeo will also launch the pay-per-view service to all of its Pro users in early 2013.

“Our goal is to provide an open and flexible platform that allows all creators and content owners to earn revenue directly from their audiences,” said 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.”

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