Hey Everybody!

We know that you already like Vimeo, but what about couches? TVs? Wouldn't it be great to watch Vimeo from your couch... on your TV!? We thought so too, and today we are happy to announce the launch of Couch Mode. Couch Mode is a special new section of Vimeo that allows you to watch collections of videos (such as Staff Picks, your inbox, your videos, etc.) completely uninterrupted like a TV channel. Just press play and grab the popcorn.

That's not all. You can still do many of things you already do on the site today: like clips, add them to your Watch Later playlist, and get more information about videos and other users. We're extremely excited about the potential!

Couch Mode is optimized for Google TV and will be available in the Spotlight section soon. Don't have a Google TV? No worries, Couch Mode will work on your desktop too. However, we use a lot of HTML5 and CSS3 technology for this (no Flash!), so at the moment it will only work on Chrome and Safari.

You can navigate around using either the mouse or the keyboard via arrow and return keys. Hitting escape at anytime will bring you back to the currently playing video and clear any overlays. Of course, we also recommend hooking your computer up to the biggest screen you can find!

Let us know what you think!

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Simon Guyomard | Spoon

Simon Guyomard | Spoon Plus

Seems that you're changing the game forever, again, until you change the game forever, again !

Kevin Sweeney

Kevin Sweeney Staff

That is, until we change it forever, again, no takesies-backsies, times infinity, plus one ;)

Ale Corsini

Ale Corsini Plus

You got a point, Lianna.

But I'm sure Vimeo knows that its added-value lies as much in its awesome content (i.e. the videos themselves) created by its users as in its awesome user-created channels and groups that actually bring order in that, otherwise chaotically heterogeneous (concerning genre), video-mass. A categorization function that is fundamental in orienting users towards the sub-communities they are more interested in (e.g. videoart, animation, CGI, fiction and so on), allowing them to find like-minded people to exchange views with and get feedback from. Which is eventually the reason why we love Vimeo and what makes it stand out in the crowd.

I'm sure Vimeo recognizes that user-created channels and groups are the heart of its lively community and of its offer, so I'm confidently looking forward to seeing this awesome new function work for all user-created channels and groups!

Hassan Saddiq

Hassan Saddiq

Hey vimeo staff

I just joined a few canon t2i groups, will I be able to watch the videos on those channels consecutively without having to click each video or is this new couchmode thing only for the staff channel?


Ryan Hefner

Ryan Hefner Staff

Hey hassan,

We are exploring ways of incorporating all channels, groups and more into Couch Mode, but for now it is limited to just the HD Channel and Staff Picks.

We'll post an update once Channel and Group navigation support have been added.




I got to say i just love the staff picks and hd channel. It's one of my favorite lists on vimeo and i nearly watch and like every single video. The selection is perfect as there is a lot of variation and of course: quality. Keep it up!


ailatanotos Plus

Increible, ahora tendré que comprarme un televisor!



Trying to figure out this app. Don't see a mute anywhere?



is there any troubleshooting for Couch Mode? all im getting is a blank black screen with audio

wolfpac hooligan

wolfpac hooligan

um hi a bit lost how do i associate my smart tv with my vimeo account i have done what vimeo asked me to do but i am stuck with samsung end ???? please help



Is there an app so I can control the videos and playback from my iPhone? It would be awesome so I can be totally couchmode... or even browse from the smartphone and have it reflected on the browser/couchmode.

Kelly Catteau

Kelly Catteau

Great strides, looking forward to leaps and bounds!

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