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  • Good news folks! Today we're rolling out some huge improvements for Couch Mode.

    What's Couch Mode? It's a special full-screen version of Vimeo that's designed to be displayed on big screens like TVs and controlled only with a keyboard. We launched Couch Mode about about 10 months ago. We've heard some great feedback during that time and today, we're kicking it up a notch.



    • First off, Couch Mode now works on all browsers and can play any video on Vimeo. Originally, it only worked on Safari and Chrome. Now everyone can get in on the action.


    • Tablet support! Did I say it was only for TVs? I lied! It works great on the iPad and Android tablets too! Try swiping the video browser across the bottom.


    • We've added tons of new navigation including the ability to browse users, Albums, Channels and Groups. Basically, all parts of Vimeo are now reachable from within Couch Mode.


    • We also added global search. Just start typing, and the search box will pop right up.


    • Finally, Couch Mode is now context-aware. That means on every Channel, Group and Video page you will see a button that will take you into Couch Mode and the collection carries over. So for example if you were viewing a video on the HD Channel and hit the Couch Mode button, the videos across the bottom are all from the HD Channel. You can even copy and paste Couch Mode urls, so your video launches in fullscreen when you share it.



    Look for The Couch Mode button in the upper-right of any video page on Vimeo.



    We've been working hard to cram as much functionality as possible into Couch Mode so it's the full Vimeo experience. As I mentioned, Couch Mode is designed to be a keyboard-only: navigate around with the arrow keys and hit escape at anytime to hide the overlays.

    Now everybody grab a cold one and kick back to Couch Mode!

    • One F 15 days ago
      Does couch mode work in the new Apple TV update app? Thanks.
    • Andrew Pile staff 15 days ago
      Vimeo is now on Apple TV. It has pretty much the same features, but it's not Couch Mode.
    • Blair Dog plus 12 days ago
      The Vimeo App on Apple TV is great but it would be killer if couch mode would make it's way there to allow for maximum vegging out.
    • Kennon Fleisher plus 5 days ago
      Yeah - like others seem to say, when I saw Couch Mode I got excited because I thought it was FOR Apple TV, it seemed to be named just for the situation and everything. It has a much sexier interface than the current Apple TV one - do you guys have to adhere to some kind of standards for Apple to be on Apple TV as far as the look of things? If not, you guys should look into a way of making the interface of couch mode on the Apple TV. It's really hard to find stuff on Apple TV on Vimeo for some reason... I've searched things on there, but unless you have it spelled entirely correct and with the right case sensitive lettering, it won't find it. At least, that's what I've experienced. Good progress nonetheless.


      I was very excited for Vimeo to be on Apple TV though. Thanks guys!
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    • Gregor Schmidinger plus 15 days ago
      Like it a lot. It's another great Vimeo feature. :)
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    • Andrea Allen staff 15 days ago
      Nice work, Ryan!
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    • Blake Whitman staff 15 days ago
      Loving this on my iPad. Nice work, Ryan!
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    • Ted Avery 15 days ago
      I'm blown away by how well this works on the iPad. I had no idea you could do all this fancy UI overlay stuff on video in mobile safari. I'd love to see a developer's post on how this was made!
    • Brandon Stewart 15 days ago
      ditto. great work. & a developer post would be awesome.
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    • Yannick Barthe plus 15 days ago
      Very good work ! Many thanks for improvements !
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    • Haakon Sundbø 15 days ago
      Nice! Is this working on PS3? Or wait, nothing works on the PS3 browser ;p
    • GrindEdit.com plus 15 days ago
      haha
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    • A.C0RSINI | Dorian plus 15 days ago
      Bravi! This is really awesome!!!
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    • sTen plus 15 days ago
      so cool.. as usual
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    • Greg Henkel plus 15 days ago
      Wow, this is great! It's just missing a little button to automatically have food delivered to your house!
    • Matt Schwarz staff 14 days ago
      Might be in V3
    • Kennon Fleisher plus 5 days ago
      last night I was in my living room wishing I had chicken, when suddenly Vimeo staff showed up with food. how convenient!

      no jk, but it would've been sweet.
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    • Tim McGlynn 15 days ago
      ehh, whatever, still can't log in on Boxee Box
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    • John Lagomarsino 15 days ago
      Will this work in the Boxee browser?
    • Andrew Pile staff 15 days ago
      Yes
    • Floris van Eck plus 15 days ago
      Not for me. You can't login. As soon as Boxee Box detects Vimeo url... it goes in a movie mode and you don't have a cursor. I also tried to go directly to the vimeo.com/​log_in page but that also does the same. I have tried everything but just can't login on my Boxee Box. Suggestions?
    • Andrew Pile staff 14 days ago
      I would complain to Boxee. The way our login works isn't magic, it's pretty standard stuff. It works with every other browser in existence.
    • Kennon Fleisher plus 5 days ago
      My suggestion would be to use Safari or Firefox like everyone else. :] jk.... but seriously. Use Safari or Firefox.
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    • Lonny Quattlebaum pro 15 days ago
      Quattlebaum Approves.
    • Andrea Allen staff 15 days ago
      Quattleproval
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    • Studiojoz plus 15 days ago
      cool app..
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    • Floris van Eck plus 15 days ago
      I can't login to Couch Mode on the Boxee Box. The app keeps messing up!

      What's wrong?
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    • B Unis plus 15 days ago
      Cool addition. Seems to be an issue with audio gain heavily reduced, though, at least in the several videos I tried (using Chrome, on a desktop machine) -- maybe this works better on a tablet?
    • Blake Whitman staff 14 days ago
      There should be no difference in audio quality as Couch Mode plays the same that you see on a normal clip page.
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    • Alistair Loveless plus 14 days ago
      i know there is a vimeo xbmc app. does it support couch mode?
    • Andrew Pile staff 14 days ago
      No idea, we did not build the XBMC app.
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    • ClassySweet&Sassy 14 days ago
      Vimeo's doing it big!!!
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    • hajoora 14 days ago
      :)
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    • Pau García 14 days ago
      vimeo always the first and the best
    • Andrew Pile staff 14 days ago
      Thanks!
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    • Shiny G. 14 days ago
      Love the name "couch mode" it makes everything better =P
    • Andrew Pile staff 14 days ago
      Me too!
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    • RYAN DETZEL plus 14 days ago
      Thank You So Much! You guys are really doing great stuff over there... can't wait to see the future with VIMEO!
    • Andrew Pile staff 14 days ago
      Yeah, rock on!
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    • Underground Planet plus 14 days ago
      I love you guys and I hate when there's something I don't like, in theory I almost like it if that count's for anything! I see why it could be cool but to some degree I think it might be confusing to people and actually would prefer it
      not be there (sorry sorry sorry! I know I'm sorry!)

      My main personal problem with this is the tab on the bottom. In the past if someone embedded or posted a link to one of my video's before I think it was very clear who I was and what the Vimeo community was if people were to look around the page. The bulk of what showed up on the page for the video was pictures that I had uploaded or links to other of my work.

      With couch mode if someone posts a link to the couch mode version of a video I did it's a little confusing. I think people will very easily think that the HD Channel are somehow my HD Channel or that Staff Picks mean that their my picks and that I'm staff. To someone outside of Vimeo I think it blends what I did and what other people do and at the risk of sounding selfish is more encouraging for viewers who originally came here to see something of mine are taken elsewhere, perhaps without even realizing it. And at present I have no way of preventing this. I'd love to be able to use and send out links to couch mode without the issues I've described but barring that I'd almost like to disable the ability all together so people who post links to my videos just go to the normal page.

      I really don't want to be a buzz kill, just a little disappointed that this was implemented and is now on all of my videos the way it is. =(

      - Ray
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    • Hecky plus 14 days ago
      cool :)
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    • Steve McDonald plus 14 days ago
      I don't see the point of this. It makes my videos smaller and they don't play fullscreen.
    • Blake Whitman staff 14 days ago
      How do you mean? Couch Mode automatically plays videos in fullscreen.
    • Daniel Dragon Films plus 14 days ago
      I think Couch Mode is a great idea, but I must Agree with Steve. Couch Mode needs a real "Full Screen" button that gets rid of the browser interface and all the distracting visual clutter.

      I won't be using it personally until this is implemented.
    • Steve McDonald plus 13 days ago
      That's the problem. My 1920 X 1080 videos play at fullscreen on Vimeo, but in "couch mode", they show at only about 80%, with the browser header and other items on the right margin taking up space. The response of the controls for this mode is slow both before and after playing and involves extra button pushes.
    • Brad Dougherty staff 13 days ago
      At the moment, Safari is the only browser that could support having a button to take Couch Mode full screen. Chrome has a browser full screen mode, and I believe that Firefox does as well.
    • Steve McDonald plus 13 days ago
      Push F11 with Firefox and you enter or exit full screen.
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    • David Bryan plus 14 days ago
      I just installed the Vimeo App on my 46in Samsung LED Smart TV...It's amazing! All my videos play instantly, and look perfect. Seriously, if any of you are considering buying a TV, get that lets you use the vimeo app.
    • Andrew Pile staff 14 days ago
      Great advice! I have a Samsung too and the Vimeo app is really great.
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    • Great app, is it possible toi use it on the ipad without a wireless connection by saving the videos I want to show offline on the ipad?
    • Blake Whitman staff 14 days ago
      We don't have support for that. Yet.
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    • Hassam Tariq 14 days ago
      Awesome ! loving it!
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    • Eliu Cornielle plus 14 days ago
      loving the couch mode!
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    • Alan Near 14 days ago
      Awesome, guys! :-) I'll try it for sure!
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    • cool
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    • Ozan Akinci 14 days ago
      this is a truly a great way to present a showreel to a client or a company.. great work and thanks a whole lot vimeo!! :D
    • Andrew Pile staff 13 days ago
      Thanks!
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    • Idea Factory pro 14 days ago
      Does couch mode work in the Sony Bravia TV? Thanks.
    • Andrew Pile staff 14 days ago
      At the moment Couch Mode only works on Sony TVs with Google TV in them.
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    • Marcelino plus 14 days ago
      I can't wait to try it. I don't have an ipad yet but I might just stop by a MAC store to try it out on a pad. Cool addition!
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    • Joseph Valentinetti plus 14 days ago
      Very nice. Even loads the videos better than the regular viewer. Keep it up. Best video service around. Thanks
    • Andrew Pile staff 14 days ago
      Thanks!
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    • Ricardo Arellano 14 days ago
      I have 2 little problems.

      I'm using it on Chrome , and the button box (play, pause ) appears every 5 seconds. I tought that could be a mouse problem, but I disconnected it and stills shows up.

      The second one. Why in couch mode takes long to load the videos? I tested it and in the old normal mode takes less than when you're in couch mode, (and sometimes couch mode in lower quality)
    • Andrew Pile staff 13 days ago
      Thanks for the reports... I haven't heard this from anyone else yet but we'll be on the lookout and try to improve it.
    • Ricardo Arellano 13 days ago
      The detail is that the mouse never hides. You can move to the sides, but never dissapears.
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    • karl plus 14 days ago
      Great job guys! Respect Ryan, Joe, Kevin, et. al!
    • Andrew Pile staff 13 days ago
      Yeah!
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    • Richard Twomey plus 14 days ago
      Does it work with the PS3's browser?
    • Andrew Pile staff 13 days ago
      Probably not, that browser is terrible unfortunately!
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    • I really like Couch Mode a lot and appreciate that it works so well now.
    • Andrew Pile staff 13 days ago
      Thanks!
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    • Freek Freriks 14 days ago
      Couch Mode is great! I go to a music video channel, turn it on in fullscreen and pretent iam watching MTV without ''Made'' 24/7.

      No seriously, great feature!
    • Andrew Pile staff 13 days ago
      Rock on!
    • Jean Pichot plus 13 days ago
      Groovy!
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    • Johnny Millz plus 13 days ago
      Hey is there a Vimeo app for xbox?
    • Andrew Pile staff 13 days ago
      Unfortunately not! Maybe someday, I have an Xbox too and would love to see it!
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    • Frank Moore plus 13 days ago
      It doesn't work well in Opera 11.5. A big banner blocks half of the screen.
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    • ddloveaa plus 13 days ago
      I like this! Good job!
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    • angga okto 13 days ago
      awesome ryan
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    • Adam Al Sened plus 13 days ago
      love this!! good work!! thanks!
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    • Flo Hoelzl 13 days ago
      The idea is sick, but is it possible to make a real fullscreen like others already said for firefox and maybe make an iphone/android remote or implant it into the vimeo-app?
      Nice work guys, keep these updates comin'!
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    • Steven Harris 5 days ago
      Is the omission of the volume control deliberate? If so, what's the reason?
    • Ryan Hefner staff 5 days ago
      Hey Steven,

      Since Couch Mode was originally geared for the TV viewing experience, we figured you would control that via your remote. With that said, it's meant to be a pretty hands-off, sit-back experience, hence the lack of volume controls. Just set it, and forget it!

      Your thoughts?

      Thanks,
      Ryan
    • Steven Harris 5 days ago
      That makes sense. I happened to have experimented with it on my computer, and I'm so accustomed to playing with the tiny volume controls in embedded video players that I noticed its lack. Perhaps it would be possible to make it accessible somehow, such as through an "advanced controls" fly-out control, even if it's not always visible.
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    • Kennon Fleisher plus 5 days ago
      I wish I worked for Vimeo, such a sick company always doing top of the line stuff and so ahead of the game.
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    • Andrew Mooers 5 days ago
      Bigger is better, don't believe them when they say size is no big deal. Yeah right.
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