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Shout! in Deal with Vimeo

Says Variety

A collection of 80 episodes of cult comedy series “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” featuring a man and his robot sidekicks riffing on especially terrible B-movies and assorted shorts, is now available on Vimeo.
In addition, under Vimeo’s pact with Shout! Factory for “MST3K,” the online-video service has exclusive rights to any newly cleared episodes launching over the next year.

The main page is here.

37 Replies to “Shout! in Deal with Vimeo”

  1. Herandar says:

    Worth noting: $2.99 to rent, $9.99 to buy.

    Thought that this was free like Hulu at first.


  2. radioman970 says:

    nice. but happy with my dvds! Keep those coming too! :)


  3. KidFlash25 says:

    Yeah, less interested in this now that I know it’s $3 to rent, $10 to buy.

    Happy with Hulu and Popcornflix’s selections.


  4. Tarlcabot says:

    I have a feeling Vimeo is going to be where the Turkey Day Marathon will be this year.


  5. Thad says:

    Yeah, those prices are pretty nuts, but 80 episodes is a pretty impressive number. (Hulu only has 25.)

    AV Club also notes that Vimeo’s going to be combining its efforts with Shout to help untangle the rights to the remaining episodes. So that’s good.


  6. Tarantulas says:

    What we DESPERATELY need is a redo on Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders…. The DVD is so dark you can’t see the shadowrama for the first 20 or so minutes of the episode :(

    A VOD Vimeo release would be amazing!


  7. KidFlash25 says:

    I have a feeling Vimeo is going to be where the Turkey Day Marathon will be this year.

    @4: That might be a problem, if Vimeo charges (they shouldn’t). They and Shout! should look at it as a ‘free preview’ of their MST3k service and expand the marathon a bit, especially if 80 episodes are under their control.


  8. Ralph C. says:

    This is pretty neat-o. Any way to keep spreading the MST3K joy to all. :-)


  9. pondoscp says:

    It would be a travesty if any site charged for the Turkey Day marathon


  10. Luther Heggs aka Number 6 says:

    The best part of this situation is what Thad ( @ 5) mentioned and then linked to the AV Club.

    Could combined efforts penetrate the Susan Hart barrier?

    Untangling the resistant episodes sounds like science fiction. But the potential is REAL and here today.

    Science! Technology! Combined efforts!

    The future is not as dim as I had imagined. There is hope.

    But I will believe it when I hold the “Hart Box Set” in my greedy hands.


  11. ryan says:

    Turkey day must be free. It is ape law.

    I was excited till i saw the price tag. But in general still happy to see so much so available. Maybe they can get the old rhino episodes too. Ktma? The four best fan voted ;)


  12. Tarlcabot says:

    I agree about Turkey Day needing to be free. My initial point about it, though, was that with Vimeo’s streaming capabilities, and their deal with Shout! (and by extension, BBI), it would make for sense for all parties involved that the Marathon be hosted on Vimeo. It would even be efficient advertising, what with viewers of the Marathon being able to stay on the same site, while getting a good sample of what they’d be buying.


  13. Cinema Blend says:

    I agree with Thad and Luther.

    However, when I read the AV article, it wasn’t very specific. The writer said “back catalog” in a way that could refer only to released episodes that Vimeo wants to get into streaming, or it could mean all MST3K episodes.

    And if Viemo got rights to previously unreleased episodes to stream, the article did not come out and say that Shout would then be able to put those on DVD.

    On something as convoluted as this type of situation, I wish “journalists” would do their homework and not allow ambiguity. It felt like the whole article was just a build up to the punchline about the IT guy.

    Regardless, I hope this means Viemo and Shout combining to release ALL episodes, including Rhino issued episodes, on both streaming and DVD.


  14. Richard the Lion-footed says:

    While I would certainly prefer if the episodes were free, if cost money to keep and offer a library like that. I would prefer sponsored showings to the price they are charging, but either way, money has to be made to keep the shows going.

    That is the way of the world, even on the internet.


  15. 1ONE says:

    I like this idea, very much. Cloud based streaming is where it’s at now. I’m a little bummed that I already own some of the previously released Rhino titles, now available only digitally, via iTunes. So I would be repurchasing them again. But, this is still a really nice idea that is forward thinking.

    My main questions would be…

    * Does Vimeo have an iOS app that can be used to stream these on iPhones, iPads?
    * Same question for Android users?
    * Also does Vimeo have an app with Roku or Apple TV?

    Those would be all deciding factors for me. It might be worth it to have all of these episodes (and it sounds like more to come) in one cloud to be streamed in the best available quality at any time. That’s pretty darn sweet. But the flexibility of the access is what I would need to know before buying in.


  16. MSTJon says:

    Does this mean Vimeo might be the platform for the relaunch of MST3k? I was hoping it’d be Netflix or Amazon but as long as everyone’s happy, I’m sure we’ll find it wherever it ends up.


  17. wonderfly says:

    I don’t buy the DVD’s (those take up shelf space), I buy them individually streaming through Amazon. So no different in price, by my standards.

    @16: Just when ARE we going to get more word on the relaunch of MST3K? Seems like it’s been forever since that was announced earlier this year…


  18. JCC says:

    Umm, isn’t any talk of an MST3k relaunch just blue skying?


  19. Captain Cab says:

    $3 just to rent, $10 to buy? Forget it. I’ll just stick with Shout’s DVD releases.


  20. Michael says:

    Am I the only one here that’s worried about that word “exclusive”? As in if we aren’t Vimeo members we won’t get the new episodes – e.g. on Shout?

    I hope not.


  21. Lisa says:

    I’m pretty sure that the word ‘exclusive’ refers to Vimeo getting rights to stream digital files, rather than say AmazonPrime, Hulu, or Netflix. I imagine that Shout will continue to put out releases on dvd.

    I’m tempted to buy this because I prefer to stream content -but haven’t really used Vimeo before. Can anyone share feedback about their streaming?


  22. miltrath says:

    $10 is a better price than you get per episode on DVD, and the quality will be the same or better. The convenience factor will be miles and miles ahead of DVD, though. Especially if there are mobile device apps that can serve the content.


  23. Darkknight says:

    I talked to Joel at Wizard World Chicago a couple of weeks ago and he seemed pretty confident it’s going to happen. I’m still not sure how I feel about it though without any of the crew of Cinematic Titanic or Rifftrax being at the helm. There are so many people out there now who riff, I’d rather just stick with the originals otherwise it’s just too much. But I guess if they all have some involvement or cameos, I’m sure I’ll check it out if and when it happens.


  24. Darkknight says:

    Also others have commented on the difference between renting and buying episodes. It does seem a little misleading to say “Purchase from $2.99.” To say “purchase” implies you get to own it, as in keep it. It does not imply “rental.” I think a lot of people will be surprised when they see that and go to buy an episode and see that it actually costs $9.99 thinking that it would only be $2.99. I think that’s the old bait and switch.


  25. Erhardt says:

    #15 – The answer is “yes” to all of those devices. You can get more info here:


  26. Th1rt3eN says:

    I want actual dvds not streaming, this is useless to me. It has to be a real release otherwise you don’t own it. streaming better not kill the box sets.


  27. Torgospizza-NJ says:

    Am I the only dirtbag that watches (the ones I don’t own already) on You Tube? They’re not always
    the best quality, but it’s not like these were John Boorman movies anyway…I assuage my guilt by going to every Rifftrax Live show (and four ‘Titans’ shows) and committing myself to buying THE FRANK, even though it’s only 10 minutes (!?) long and looks like a benighted Svengoolie sketch. :laugh:


  28. Luther Heggs aka Number 6 says:

    I’m going to own up to it… however unpopular the notion may be.

    I want all episodes of MST3K…

    … and I want them converted to celluloid film, replete with cheesy movie cans to hold the reels.

    I have plenty of shelf space and a killer projector.

    Full. Blown. Analog.

    I need to be able to throw things at the big screen.

    Wait, one more pipe dream… would love to see MST3K at a drive-in theater. That would be mind blowing coolness.

    You’d pull up to the ticket booth, pay your money, and they’d give you a free three inch rubber figure … collect them all.

    This week is Crow week. Don’t mind the hastily applied metallic gold paint.

    You’re not a real mistie until you have the SOL hanging by black elastic cord from your rear view mirror.


  29. Turquoise Plastic Pith Helmet says:

    “Wait, one more pipe dream… would love to see MST3K at a drive-in theater. That would be mind blowing coolness” And not entirely out of the question, either. If they do a 4K scan of MST The Movie, it could then be digitally projected onto a drive-in screen.


  30. Feyd Rautha says:

    Still happy with the captures of my old VHSs. The video artifacting and degradation make it feel more authentic to me for some reason: “This is Joel Robinson, last survivor of the Satellite of Love, signing off”.


  31. Professor Firefly says:

    Sounds good for those who don’t have the DVDs though I can’t imagine why…I’ll stick with Shout who never disappoints and with for the unreleased episodes and the rare stuff…


  32. Nomad says:

    If it lives in a cloud, you cannot own it.
    If you can hold it in your hands, it can be owned.
    It’s as simple as that.
    $9.99 to be able to access the cloud and stream it to my device is only good for as long as the cloud and/or internet is accessible. Remember this the next time your network connection goes down.


  33. Nomad, I own the streaming titles I’ve bought. Amazon isn’t going to swindle them from me. Unless the system utterly collapses, in which case the grid will likely go down and you won’t be able to watch those DVDs you own, anyway.

    Anyway, I’d prefer future titles be available on Amazon, but as long as I don’t have to pay for some membership to access them, whatevs.


  34. Eric Fell says:

    Hopefully at some point Vimeo will be able to make these episodes available in Canada.


  35. Matt says:

    I’d actually like Vimeo to host Turkey Day this year (obviously, presuming it remains free). Last year was a pain because I couldn’t get it to stream on my ps3 or 360 and couldn’t get my computer to play nice with my TV. We ended up having an extremely rough setup involving a small monitor under a giant tv with a radio hooked into a computer. Vimeo has a 360 app, at least.


  36. Tarlcabot says:

    BTW, I’m doing some research on Vimeo. They’ve just started investing in original content. They’re going to start putting their original content on the On Demand function that MST3K will be on. They’ve set aside $10 million for licensing content for On Demand. So…they’re serious.

    Might this be a landing spot for MST’s reboot?


  37. KidFlash25 says:

    @35 (Matt): IIRC, I think YouTube blocked that option for last year’s Turkey Day. I recall others complaining that Chromecast was disabled for the stream. Wouldn’t surprise me if Vimeo did the same.

    @36: (Tarlcabot): Seems very likely at this point. After all, if you’re kicking off an on-demand service, MST3k would be appetizing, to say the least. That said, I do hope there would be plans for discs at some point.


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