eight alternatives to YouTube to host your videos

Eight Alternatives to YouTube to Host Your Videos

You’ve created the perfect video, but you’re wondering where you should share it? Your first thought was YouTube, and you’re not alone: it has become the reference solution for anyone hoping to broadcast a video to as many people as possible.

Apart from YouTube, there are many other platforms. Discover these video platforms, which are alternatives for companies and individuals who want to do without Youtube.

eight alternatives to YouTube to host your videos

1. Dailymotion

Dailymotion is a video site like YouTube, which went online in the first quarter of 2005, only one month after its most famous rival. Perhaps this is why Dailymotion is the closest competitor to YouTube: on Dailymotion, you can find millions of videos uploaded by content creators, both professional and amateur. On the homepage, videos are categorized, and current topics and trending videos are highlighted.

Like its competitor, Dailymotion has a recommendation algorithm: the more videos you watch, the more the site’s recommendations are personalized to your interests.

2. Dtube

DTube is the abbreviation of “Decentralized Tube.” If we understand quickly that it is a video site like Youtube, its name indicates that instead of the videos being hosted on a central server, the site is decentralized. Indeed, Dtube uses the blockchain.

Users who post videos on the site earn cryptocurrencies, which they can then transfer to their own wallets or convert that virtual currency for cash on a cryptocurrency buying and selling platform.

The way statistics are displayed on Dtube is a bit atypical: instead of showing the number of views of each video like most platforms, the site shows how much money each video has earned for its creator.

eight alternatives to YouTube to host your videos

3. Metacafe

Metacafe is a video site that specializes in short-form video content. It’s one of many sites trying to compete with YouTube, in this case, trying to tap into a slightly more specific niche.

One of Metacafe’s major strengths is its simplicity: its navigation interface is clear and intuitive, with a menu bar that links to the latest, most popular, and trending videos. Those who wish to search further can click on a drop-down menu on the left, which presents a more comprehensive list of video categories.

4. Utreon

A newcomer to the world of online video platforms, this is Utreon, whose main selling point is the absence of rules and other prohibitions… Obviously, it should not be understood that everything is allowed on Patreon. However, the restrictions are much less heavy than those of YouTube or other platforms mentioned in this article. If you have trouble finding videos on YouTube (or elsewhere) due to censorship, Utreon is worth checking out, and the video you’re looking for will likely be there.

If you’re a video creator and you want to migrate from YouTube to Utreon, the good news: is you won’t need to re-upload your video library because Utreon can extract videos from your YouTube channel and integrate them into your Utreon profile in an effortless way.

5. Brightcove

Brightcove is the leading online video platform dedicated to businesses. According to their website, over half of the Fortune 500 companies are Brightcove customers.

Beyond video hosting and live streaming, Brightcove takes things to the next level: the platform enables OTT technology (what Netflix, or Spotify, uses) to deliver live video to smartphones and smart TV apps.

For video creators looking to monetize their content, it offers the ability to insert a server-side ad spot into videos hosted on it. You can integrate it with a DSP (ad management platform) to sell sponsored space directly to your advertisers.

Video analytics occur in real-time and help you understand how your viewers and prospects are interacting with the videos on your website.

Brightcove supports UltraHD up to 8K video resolution and is a great solution for any organization looking to centralize their videos, monetize them through the ad network of their choice and use audience data to personalize the user experience.

The price
The interface is a bit difficult to understand, and the solution is not cheap: the cheapest plan is $199 per month, with a one-year commitment.

eight alternatives to YouTube to host your videos

6. SproutVideo

SproutVideo is also geared towards companies that want to create websites around their video content. These websites can be used to showcase a product line, share internal company tutorials, or even distribute free video content to prospects or customers.

You’ll start by choosing a theme (out of six available themes), then enter your brand name and logo. In the settings tab, you can change the colors of the theme you choose but also decide the order in which your videos will be displayed or select the number of videos to show per page. Finally, you can decide if the videos should be launched in automatic playback.

You can also add an “About” and “Contact” page to your public channel, as well as social sharing buttons.

By default, all videos on SproutVideo are login-protected, which means that visitors must first log in to your website to access them. You can also choose to protect certain videos with another password, set them as private, or leave them open to the public.

Of course, the platform still allows you to embed videos on an external web page – so embedded videos will be visible to the public, regardless of the permission level configured on SproutVideo.

Speaking of embedding, the platform offers a tagging system so that videos uploaded to your SproutVideo account are imported and automatically appear on your website where you want them to: for example if you create a “Support” tag, all videos that have this tag will be added to the page on your site dedicated to Support.

The price
Regarding the price of SproutVideo, the offer starts from $24.99 per month for the “Seed” plan and goes up to $499.99 monthly. Two intermediate offers of $59.99 and $199.99 complete the card.

eight alternatives to YouTube to host your videos

7. Vimeo

Although Vimeo has less traffic and is less known than YouTube, the platform has built a solid reputation for high-quality content: that’s how Vimeo has established itself as “the” video hosting platform for image professionals.

The Price
Although Vimeo offers a free plan, the “Vimeo Pro” account is highly recommended: for only $20 per month. It’s an excellent option for hosting professional-quality videos. With this subscription, you can enjoy HD videos, unlimited bandwidth and video time, customization of your video player, and very detailed statistics…
Moreover, as a Pro user, you will be able to monetize your content, not through advertising but by allowing viewers to tip your video using PayPal or a credit card.

8. Wistia

Check out Wistia, a platform designed specifically for hosting corporate videos.

When you embed videos on your site, you have full branding control, including the ability to add social sharing buttons, a clickable call-to-action, and even integration with your marketing tools, such as capturing viewer email addresses. To boost conversions, Wistia actually allows you to add three types of CTAs (text, image, or HTML) to your video.

Thanks to its Twitter integration, Wistia videos can be viewed directly from a tweet. The alternative text options allow for better accessibility and are beneficial for SEO.

Wistia’s statistical analytics solution includes a heat map of each view, which shows exactly which parts of the video were watched, skipped, or re-watched and which other videos the user watched before. Over time, this information is aggregated to analyze the performance of your video library as a whole.

The price
Wistia is free for three videos with standard features and a watermark; starting at $99/month, the Pro plan includes the standard features, but you’ll be able to stream ten videos without the Wistia watermark.

eight alternatives to YouTube to host your videos

Conclusion


While YouTube is the most popular video hosting platform, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best hosting solution for everyone. Sure, YouTube captures the most visitors to its site, but the hosting constraints – limited security and lots of advertising – don’t fit the needs of all businesses that rely on video content.

With this article, you can explore the pros and cons of other video hosting platforms to perhaps find the alternative to Youtube that best suits your business.

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