Starting today, Qik is introducing Qik Premium which allows users to download videos, burn them into DVDs, enjoy higher quality playback and faster playback on slower connections. Was it initially possible to download Qik videos, the company removed this feature sometime last year and now we know why - it's becoming a premium feature, users have to pay a yearly fee for. Furthermore, even if not available today, Qik plans to add the ability to upload and share videos recorded with the mobile phone's native camera application. So far it's impossible to upload pre-recorded videos to Qik but users have to use other services like YouTube or Facebook to do so.
For a promotional price of US$ 4.99/year, Qik Premium is now available exclusively to Nokia customers and available from the Ovi Store by Nokia and Qik promises that users also get free access to features that the company will add later this year.
It's not yet known if Qik Premium will also be launched for Android and Windows Mobile users or if it will stay as an exclusive Nokia S60 offer.
UPDATE: As Bhaskar Roy, co-founder of Qik, replied to our question, the company is also looking to rollout Qik Premium on other platforms as well. However, Qik hasn't unveiled any further details yet.
Cheers ~ Arne