With the introduction of our Polaris plan and other various infrastructure upgrades, we've had numerous questions from our Pro account customers about the impact this has on them. We'll address hopefully all of the questions that have come up thus far.
First and foremost. you are not required to upgrade and nothing is being taken away from those accounts. Your Pro account will stay intact and continue to deliver video via non-CDN bandwidth. Pro accounts will also be included in our big release of Spotlightr version 4.2 in January.
As I just mentioned, your Pro account delivers video via non-CDN bandwidth. That means that all of your viewers are served their videos from a datacenter in New York City. So if some of your viewers experience slow playback from time to time, this is likely the issue. You may want to consider an upgrade to Polaris for not only all of the added features of Polaris but also because your videos can be delivered via a powerful CDN network.
This means that your videos are copied to dozens of end-points around the world. And whoever watches your video will be served that video from the closest end-point. So if someone in the UK watches your video with a Pro account, they will be served the video from New York City. If they watch it via a CDN network, they will watch it from various end-point servers scattered across the UK. Obviously their experience will be better.
Because the Polaris account also comes with 100 GB of storage, you will have plenty of room to upload content to our platform and take advantage of all of our security features, including our video encryption.
All Pro accounts are eligible to upgrade to Polaris, just like any other account on the platform. The process is similar, but of course a bit different because of the nature of Pro accounts and the fact that they are lifetime accounts.
Starting November 30th, 2020 anyone with a Pro account can upgrade to Polaris. This also includes anyone who is also has a Startup or Enterprise subscription as well.
The process will be simple. Starting November 30th, if you want to upgrade simply log into your Spotlightr account and click on the button to upgrade right from your "My Videos" Dashboard. On the next screen you will choose if you want any storage or CDN bandwidth add-ons and then proceed with payment.
Once you subscribe to Polaris, any other subscriptions you are on will be automatically cancelled. So if you are on a Startup subscription, and also have a Pro account, once you subscribe to Polaris your Startup subscription will be cancelled and your Pro account remains.
If you ever cancel Polaris, you will still fall back to your Pro account. Keep in mind that if that time comes you will be required to delete videos in your account if you are now above your Pro account storage threshold.
The Polaris account currently has every feature on the platform. The only exception is reseller/sub-accounts. We are retiring that for the foreseeable future until such a time that we reconfigure the offer and positioning.
Pro and Polaris Plan Comparison
If you have any further questions please reach out to support.