Vimeo's new feature will let users create Amazon Fire TV and Roku channels

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Vimeo has announced a new feature called Showcase that will allow users to display their videos on their own smart TV channels via Roku or Amazon Fire TV

In a blog post, the video-sharing platform said that “Showcase provides a toolkit to create custom viewing experiences for your audience”, and is aimed at freelancers “looking to impress prospective clients”, artists or educators who want to “establish and online presence, and marketers who are seeking to promote their products or brand. 

The new feature is described as a “toolkit” that lets users create a portfolio or video site, create embeddable playlists, and make their own smart TV apps for Roku or Amazon Fire TV – although, for the smart TV feature, you will need a Pro Vimeo account, which costs  $20 / £16 (around AU$28) per month. 

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K (Image credit: TechRadar)

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K (Image credit: TechRadar)

Vimeo says that it’s also working on more Showcase features included live-streaming support and more embeddable layouts so users will have more options when it comes to embedding their videos into their websites. 

The ability to create Amazon Fire TV and Roku channels could prove extremely useful for content creators, particularly if they want their work to reach a wider audience.

It could also signal the beginning of the smart TV channel as a platform for creatives, instead of something relegated to the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and upcoming streaming platform, Disney+

Via The Verge

Olivia Tambini

Olivia was previously TechRadar's Senior Editor - Home Entertainment, covering everything from headphones to TVs. Based in London, she's a popular music graduate who worked in the music industry before finding her calling in journalism. She's previously been interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live on the subject of multi-room audio, chaired panel discussions on diversity in music festival lineups, and her bylines include T3, Stereoboard, What to Watch, Top Ten Reviews, Creative Bloq, and Croco Magazine. Olivia now has a career in PR.