Our favorite video streaming portal Vimeo recently announced that they are about to introduce 4K streaming in Q1 2016 to all their users (right now, they say it’s for a select few). It’s been possible to download 4K versions already for a while now, if the content was uploaded in a 4K (or greater) resolution. The streaming option however is new.
Also, as of now, they start offering variable streaming which can be selected from each video individually. So far, HD videos were usually defaulted to 720p streaming if the “HD” icon at the bottom right in a video was enabled (unless otherwise specified by the video creator in their settings). Now, when you click on that same HD logo, you can select various resolutions, among them of course 720p and 1080p. 4K is likely to be added to that menu in the future.
4K will also be available for Vimeo On Demand as well, which is interesting for filmmakers who sell or rent their work there.
Vimeo also say that they are testing adaptive streaming and that it will be introduced soon – like the resolution options, this is reminiscent of YouTube, where this has been normal operation procedure for quite a while now. Vimeo will also introduce this for iOS and Apple TV versions of their app to allow for changing internet connection quality (however Apple TV does not support 4K at this stage).