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Arlo Ultra 4K Recording Bait and Switch

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HORRIBLE business practice.

 

Arlo has the audacity to automatically downgrade (via software) their 4K cameras to 2K *even on local recordings* and eliminate 4K streaming on a basic subscription. Their answer?

 

1) They expect customers to pay for an upgraded subscription to get the 4K they expect on 4K cameras.

2) Cancel subscription to avoid downsampling (but lose activity zones, 911, etc.)

 

Talk about a bait and switch. I don't mind 2K cloud recording (it's Arlo's servers), but they should have no right to DOWNSAMPLE a camera I purchased and videos on hardware I own and extort more money.

 

>>>>> AND before some "community manager" starts his "hardware limitation" BS, save it. This is PURELY an intentional SOFTWARE downsample and cynical upsell strategy. During the "free trial" I had 4K streaming on one device and my local recordings were 4K. If this not resolved I will take this to my 95,000 followers on Twitter.

Model: VMB5000 | Arlo Ultra SmartHub, VMC5040 | Arlo Ultra Wire-Free Camera
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Arlo Moderator
Arlo Moderator

Hi @BryanDawson

 

  Please contact the Support Team regarding this. You will find several options for contacting support in the provided link. Arlo Tech Support

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So Shayne are you suggesting that your support area can somehow create new plans to allow 4k local and 2k cloud recording? THIS IS NOT A SUPPORT ISSUE!

 

It is a purely greedy commercial decision by Arlo to suck more money from customers through bait and switch tactics.

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I spent hours with your poor, unfortunate team who has to deliver the news about your DECEPTIVE business practices. At first the tech support folks thought it was a bug, but then realized it was by design and, to get back 4K recording and streaming, recommended either cancelling my subscription (which meant losing basic features like activity zones, cloud recordings, and package detection) or paying double for an "elite" plan. NOWHERE has it been mentioned that they would do any of this. I understand limiting resolution on cloud recordings, but how dare you downsample a camera I OWN (and paid a lot of money for) and the videos on hardware I OWN.

 

I have 90,000 followers on Twitter, and if you don't fix this, I will be happy to go public. I have also informed Costco. THIS IS DECEPTIVE at best and the excuses (hardware limitation BS) you poor people are forced to post are worse.

Model: VMB5000 | Arlo Ultra SmartHub, VMC5040 | Arlo Ultra Wire-Free Camera
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Mentor

@BryanDawson 

Can't help you with your issue but the elite plan is 5 bucks more then the premiere not double. 

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I’m paying 6 now, so yes, 10 would be nearly double.. Premier is 2.99 per camera while Elite is 4.99. I was off a buck.

 

But this is deflection from the issue. Arlo is pulling a bait and switch and software downsampling hardware that I own. I am not the only one complaining and it is obvious  Arlo doesn’t care.

Model: VMB5000 | Arlo Ultra SmartHub, VMC5040 | Arlo Ultra Wire-Free Camera
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Apprentice
Apprentice

yep this company is filled with deciptful greed, I couldn't care less about cloud recording but I have to pay a monthly sub for 4k local recording and "rich notification" that come standard with most of their competitors.. I really hate it that I have to be involved with this company but I've spent $3000 dollars on kit and can't just simply switch out to another product. 

 

I believe they've intentionally crippled thumb nails for local recording as well to make it a less attractive option. 

 

Their last TOS update just shows they reall don't care as it basically states that they can make any changes they want, whenever they want and you just have to put up with it. 

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Think we should file a class action lawsuit?

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Apprentice
Apprentice

Apart of their new terms of service update is that you aren't allowed to join any class action lawsuit against them.. most likely because they expected one due to their dodgy business practices. 

 

They however did have an opt out clause but only gave everyone 30 days to opt out, which I immediately did.. 

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I contacted Arlo in a private DM on Twitter. Arlo responded with the typical “contact support” response.  I referred them to my open case. They haven’t responded since. I have a rather large social media following and told them I would go public, but wanted to give them a chance to resolve this privately. We all should take to social media to expose this. I will also contact Costco and might just return the system.

Model: VMB5000 | Arlo Ultra SmartHub, VMC5040 | Arlo Ultra Wire-Free Camera
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Aspirant

My "trial" just ran out and now nothing works.  It's not "downsampled" it just won't even connect to the cameras. Acitivity zones don't work.  Recordings just cut off in the middle if they start at all. 

 

THERE IS NOTHING ON THE PACKAGING THAT SAYS A SUBSCRIPTION IS REQUIRED FOR THESE FEATURES.

 

As much as it pains me due to the amount of labor it will require I'm ripping these things out and returning them. ARLO can kiss my A$$.  Time to find a new manufacturer that can be honest.   

Model: VMB5000 | Arlo Ultra SmartHub, VMC5040 | Arlo Ultra Wire-Free Camera
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So, they responded via private DM on Twitter with ridiculous lies. Check this non-answer out:

 

”Hello Bryan - Thanks for the info. Due to hardware limitations, Arlo Ultra cameras cannot stream to the cloud in 2K and simultaneously record locally in quality higher than 2K. However, Arlo Ultra can simultaneously stream to the cloud and locally in 4K. ^RM”

 

So, Arlo’s hardware is magical. If we accept the forced upgrade to “Elite,” their hardware limitations magically disappear and 4K local recording comes back. Must be the Arlo Elves or maybe Leprechauns that visit in the night and throw some hardware switch.

Model: VMB5000 | Arlo Ultra SmartHub, VMC3030 | Arlo Wire-Free Camera
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Aspirant

This popped up in my Arlo app on 3rd Sept 2020.

 

The forum will not allow me to upload the screenshot.

 

"Crystal Clear 4K Video

 

No matter your subscription status, your Arlo Ultra will locally stream 4K video and record 4K clips to your SmartHub (requires a microSD card)."

 

If there is a way to get the screenshot on the forum, let me know, you're more than welcome!

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Mentor

You can try the paperclip icon when you post.  

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Aspirant
Aspirant

Yeah, thanks, I tried that but clicking on it doesn't actually do anything!

(Simple features not working? Sounds familiar!)

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Mentor
Mentor

Did you try the camera emblem also. A mod has approve it and they are not here on a US holiday so you would just see a symbol. I never had a problem. 

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Aspirant

Ahh, found the camera button, thanks!

Hope this helps with contacting support, if they won't change the firmware to allow it, then surely it warrants a free upgrade to the Elite plan?

 

Screenshot 2020-11-26 at 10.07.21.jpg

 

Edit: Guess that doesn't work either!

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Mentor

That is the symbol I said until a mod approves it when they are back. 

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Aspirant
Aspirant

Sorry, when you said "a mod has approve it', I thought you meant that they had, not that they had to!

Let's hope it won't take long.

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DannyUK I have the pic but they won't let me post it.  If you attach it to a support case they offer a discount for a year.  Not as cheap as premier but a discount.  I'm tired of fighting with them so whatever, when my extended warranty runs out I'll just replace them.  Even some of the DVR/NVRs are starting to offer cloud services for those who want to add it but aren't dependent on the cloud for smart.

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Apprentice

wait what? are you two being censored from posting something that'll inform the community relating to a product we all own? im really interested to know what it is now? 

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Aspirant

Have uploaded it to my work website, lets see if linking it works?

Screenshot-2020-11-26-at-10.07.21

 

 

Edit: doesn't look like it! can I post the link directly? 

http://gallerythirtyone.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Screenshot-2020-11-26-at-10.07.21.jpg 

 

Finally! Hope you can all see it now and use it when contacting support.

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