Vessel’s mission isn’t to bring YouTube down (many have tried, none have succeeded). But what they’re trying to do is to make a dent in that market, and at the same time, give more room for both creators and fans, outside of that sphere. The newest update to the online video startup brings more opportunity for interaction between the two “groups” and also more accessibility for those who are trying the app for the first time.
If you’re not familiar with Vessel, it is a video streaming app where subscribers get early access to videos from various creators, TV shows, music labels, at least 72 hours before they appear in other video services like YouTube. It will appeal to those who are not happy anymore with the overcrowded video sharing service of Google, and those who love getting to watch something before everyone else gets to watch it.
The latest update brings easier ways for fans and creators to connect. You now have nested comments so it would be easier to keep track of the conversation. Fans and users will also now get notifications when creators or other fans have replied to you. A new feature called Threads will allow the creators to ask questions or even pose challenges to their fans and they can answer either through words or even with their own videos.
For the more practical updates to the app, you can now access it on any mobile device running on Android 4.4 or higher. You can also sign up/sign in with your Facebook or Google sign-in. And for the subscription (which is $2.99 a month), they’ve added Paypal for the payment options. You can download the Vessel app from the Google Play Store for free, but you need that monthly subscription to have access to the videos.