Together with a new layout, VL is now ready for VIP Subscriptions, with the first 100 (umm) people getting their Monthly Subs for a discounted $9.95.
Let’s take a look, then we’ll review the new look and the Subscriptions package.
Ok, here’s my view. The Homepage is ok. Not sure we need two Menu’s with the same thing though, but apart from that, it’s pretty clean, and easy to navigate your way around.
One thing you can’t help but notice, is how dark the pages seem to be when you enter a cast, especially thejedshed. That’s not a criticism as such, as plenty people like the darker templates, but as you’ll have probably gathered, i prefer a white/lighter background. That’s just my opinion though.
Another new feature i like is the little avatar thumbnail in the top ‘info’ header.
Overall though, i quite like it. I’m sure there will be little tweaks done in the coming weeks, but as with any change, you will always get people moaning, saying they won’t use the site ever again, as the new look is shite etc.
Now, let’s take a look at the more controversial update, the VIP Subscription!
I may well be wrong, but i think Mark is being overly optimistic if he thinks it’s going to be that popular, that the first 100 subscribers are going to get the package at a reduced rate.
What do you get for your money?
No Ads: Does anybody really not use Adblock in this day and age? That’s a feature that most people get already.
Priority Viewing: This could well end up killing his sites. Lets look at it from a viewer’s prospective. You want to catch your favourite caster when he/she goes live, but you keep getting the ‘video servers at capacity’ message, unless you pay, then you get to watch a problem free cast. But what are the chances that you are really going to get a problem free cast anyway? The caster themselves might have Internet issues, or they might decide to move to another broadcasting website, or even get banned.
Mark has cleverly protected himself from keeping these kind of promises, by stating it all in the what don’t i get section.
So for instance, you want to get in to say SexyChris’ cast, but as usual, his channel is busy and you get the video’s at capacity message. Damn, i’ll fork out $15 then, go VIP, and be able to get in.
Great! until either:
a) Chris bans you for no reason (happens at least twice a day)
b) Chris get’s banned ( highly likely)
c) Vaughn comes under another DDoS attack (highly probable)
and there you are, VIP, but still can’t get to watch your favourite caster. I know, i can always go and watch another of my favourite channels with my VIP sub, which would work great, except for the fact that all the most popular casters are banned, or get banned repeatedly.
Then again, i suppose for $15 a month, you are guaranteed to get to watch Cyberman sleep, or Frank Taylor eat his dinner.
And if all else fails, there is always the illegally streamed Movie/Tv channels 😉
VIP, will it work for what you get at the moment?
Maybe, but i wouldn’t bet any of my own money on it.