Okay so this topic has been running and discussed quite a lot lately over here, so unlike others who went on about criticizing the whole thing, i will try to make things clear(as far as i know about things) and maybe try to involve Viki staff for questions left without answers. And also hopefully clear out all the misunderstanding about this issue.
As a QC i think it is great to have this pass, i get to watch stuff without ads and HD.
Moreover, i think it is more fair this way, since now we can consider the advantage of having free VikiPass for QCs quite similar to paying them (Which is the argument many people were raising about why should they pay when volunteers do the work for free, although personally as a volunteer i don’t expect a pay but we can call this as being even, don’t you think?)
Okay so now i want to go over a few questions:
What is Viki Pass? And Why should I get it?
Many are complaining about the fact that there is too much ads on Viki now a days, well yeah i guess it is obvious for a site that posts online on-air shows for free would have to get the money from somewhere, and that is ADS, we all agree on that part.
So Let’s think about it together for a minute logically.
The money source of Viki is ads, but since we were all using ad-blocker, i don’t think any person/company were interested in posting ads that won’t return them profits for exchange, any person with a bit of logic would have figured that much out right?
So normally for Viki to keep RUNNING AND EXPANDING it had to disable ad-blocker, but as an alternative for that they granted us the Viki Pass option, which grants access for users to ad-free videos for a reasonable price of $4 per month.
When you open Viki nowadays this is the first thing that shows up.
After clicking on it you get:
As a summary of all this i can now answer these questions:
What is Viki pass? Why should i get it?
Viki pass is the only way we can watch ad-free HD videos from now on on viki. And since it is annoying to watch with all the ads we all agree that we want it.
And one more thing, notice in the picture: under “VIKI PASS” there is “NO ADS- HD - ON THE GO”, and under that “Coming Soon: Exclusive Shows and more”.
As all new things need time to adapt, Viki pass is still new and it is improving, so we should not be criticizing it starting now.
Many people asked this question: Why should i buy Viki pass for only ad-free HD videos while not being able to view extra content?
Well the answer for you question is in the previous picture, Viki is working on making exclusive stuff for Viki Pass buyers.
I Like Viki a Lot but i still cannot afford Viki pass?
Well you can Volunteer, 2000 segments or 3000 subtitles to become a QC may seem much, but they are not when you are determined to do them and i am talking from experience.
For people from the US especially:
If you only know English, there is some fun ways still to volunteer here on Viki, i recently discovered for instance the “lolspeak” language available on Viki, which i am pretty sure any one who speaks English and uses the Internet will know pretty well, though you can always try segmenting.
For those from other countries:
you can always try managing some channels to introduce us to your country’s culture in your own language.
Why should i choose Viki when there is other alternatives?
Well the Viki community is just the BEST, being able to communicate with each other and make friends is just GREAT!! And this is something no other video streaming website can match Viki with.
Plus Viki is the only site that offers more than 200 languages, so anyone can see their preferred language on their preferred shows!^^
Okay so the last question that was raised a lot that i would like to point out is:
Why do we have to pay when volunteers do the work for free?
Since the volunteers don’t pay a thing, the decision of Viki is pretty reasonable. It’s true “Volunteers” do the work for free, but as the word itself refers to, it is volunteer work which as @Dudie said it always looks good on our resume. And since we get access to pretty much everything i do not think somebody who is a QC would mind. (If not, correct me, please, this is just my humble opinion)
Okay so to sum up my really long post i would like to say this post was just my humble opinion, i hope it gives you an idea about the things going on here, please take what i said into consideration and read it well before throwing fits at Viki.
PS: As someone asked me this before, i tell you: I am not a Viki staff so i am just speaking from what i am observing.
I hope Viki staff would get involved in this conversation, to correct me if i am wrong about anything or add something i left out. @Mariko @catchlight @brovo