Vessel a Youtube alternative featuring such web stars as Linus Sebastian, Connor Franta, Caspar Lee, Tanya Burr, Good Mythical Morning, Marcus Butler, Kent Heckel and Jack Vale has now gone ad free for their paying subscribers.
With the introduction of a Hulu premium version without ads, as well as the ad free YouTube Red it appears Vessel faced growing pressure to drop ads for their paid subs. Initially the service offered paying subscribers a 72 hour jump on viewing new content but also required users to view ads. Now only unpaid subscribers will view ads, the paid subscribers still get their 72 hour jump as well with their subscription.
Jason Kilar CEO & Co-Founder of Vessel went into a bit more detail on the company’s blog:
We’ve appreciated all of the valuable feedback we’ve received from the Vessel community since our launch a year ago. One of the most popular requests has been for an ad-free experience. In response, we are excited to announce that, starting today, we will be making Vessel ad-free for all paying subscribers. This includes customers who have selected our $2.99 monthly subscription as well as those who opt for our new $19.99 annual subscription, which we are pleased to announce today. For those fans who would prefer to watch their favorite videos on Vessel without a paid subscription, they can continue to do so via our free, ad-supported service.
Vessel’s ambitious mission has been to build a decidedly different—and better—video platform for creators and fans. While we are still very much in the early days, we have attracted subscribers from more than 155 countries to our offering of exclusive, early access videos. We are very grateful to the content creators who are using Vessel to connect with their fans. Creators leveraging Vessel’s paid, early access service continue to earn more than $50 in revenue per thousand views. We have been working hard to add more creators and content to Vessel and now proudly offer more than 300,000 videos from over 250 passionately followed content partners (up over 50% since last summer).
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