YouTube is the largest video sharing site, with over 300 hours of video uploaded every minute.
Users can create profiles, leave comments on videos, and monetize their YouTube channels to make money. It also provides a way for independent artists and vloggers to release videos to the public.
YouTube contains everything from home videos to Hollywood movies and popular TV shows. The company even launched a premium service with additional channels and exclusive content.
While YouTube is the most-visited video sharing site, there are many other options. Here are 15 of the best alternatives to YouTube.
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Dailymotion was established one month after YouTube and continues to be one of its main competitors. Like YouTube, users can upload videos and browse content.
The site includes a mixture of professional and amateur content and attracts over 300 million users each month. Dailymotion also added monetization, allowing users to earn revenue based on video views.
There is no cost to join Dailymotion. Users can upload videos for free, but there are a few guidelines to follow. The upload restrictions include 10 uploads per day, 2 hours of video per day, and 60 minutes per video. The file sizes are also capped at 2GB.
Metacafe offers users a simple platform for uploading and browsing content. The company focuses on short-form content, such as reviews, music videos, and news clips. Users tend to favor short, funny videos.
Joining and uploading videos is free. Most videos on Metacafe are 90-seconds to 180-seconds long. To ensure that users create short videos, the file size limit is 100MB. The files also cannot contain nudity.
Videos are not automatically added to Metacafe. After uploading, a community of over 80,000 volunteers watch the video and decide whether to add it to the public Metacafe channels.
Vimeo provides one of the few streaming services that allow content creators to upload videos of any length. The site has also partnered with major studios and producers to release high-quality content, which is available to browse for free.
While Vimeo does not cap the length of the videos, the site restricts the amount of data you can upload each week, depending on the plan that you choose. Vimeo does not offer monetization, but they do have a “tip jar” button below the videos.
With the free Basic Plan, users can upload up to 500MB of video per week and 10 videos per day. The Plus Plan costs $9.95 per month and allows 5GB of video per week and the option to display 1080P HD videos.
With Veoh, users can find a diverse mixture of user-uploaded content and studio content. The site contains millions of short videos, TV shows, movies, and anime.
Some of the features on the site are only available in the United States, such as the studio-produced TV shows from major networks. However, user-generated content is available in other regions. You can also start uploading for free.
Veoh does not limit how many videos you can upload or their length. It also provides a streamlined interface for browsing the site and sharing content. Many publishers also take advantage of the social features, which make it easier to distribute videos to friends and the Veoh community.
Crackle is a video streaming service owned by Sony. The site hosts dozens of TV shows of the past and present, including several original series produced exclusively for Crackle. Users can watch content for free or create an account to create a watchlist.
While Crackle does not allow users to upload videos, it is still a popular streaming site. The Crackle app is available on most streaming devices, mobile devices, and gaming systems.
DTube uses blockchain technology to create a decentralized video database. Users can start uploading videos for free, which is easy thanks to the simple user interface.
The website promises to resist censorship, providing users with a safe place to share all types of content without worrying about getting banned due to their personal opinions. It is also an ad-free platform, which limits your ability to earn any money from the videos that you upload.
There are currently no restrictions on file sizes or video durations. You are simply limited by the bandwidth of your internet service.
9GAG is a social media site and video platform based in Hong Kong. It allows users to upload funny photos, videos, and GIFs. Content hosted on 9GAG regularly gets shared on other popular platforms, such as Twitter or Facebook.
Currently, users can upload images and GIFs to the site. To upload video content, users need to share it to the 9GAG social media accounts, allowing admins to decide whether to share it on the site.
There is no monetization and all content becomes the property of 9GAG. However, it is a fun site to browse, as it hosts some of the most-shared internet memes.
Twitch was created to allow live streaming and is mostly used by gamers. Content creators can monetize their Twitch channel, but the payout is less compared to YouTube.
While Twitch focuses on live streaming, users can upload videos that were previously recorded. These videos are called Reruns and Premieres and recommended for streamers with a lot of subscribers. In fact, you must reach the Affiliate Level to use this feature.
To become a Twitch Affiliate, you must have at least 500 total minutes of live broadcasts in the last 30 days, 7 unique broadcasts, and 3 or more viewers. You also need to have at least 50 followers. However, there is no cost to become an affiliate.
Instagram TV is a video platform with user-uploaded content. Like Instagram, users can follow other channels and browse a feed of the latest uploads. It is available to every Instagram user and intended for short video clips.
The videos are presented with a vertical aspect ratio, as they are intended to be viewed on smartphones. The videos must be between 15 seconds and 10 minutes long. The videos cannot exceed 650MB. With a verified account, you can upload videos up to 60 minutes long and files up to 3.6GB.
IGTV does not yet have a monetization option. However, the company has announced plans to eventually introduce a monetization system for content creators.
The Open Video Project works to preserve videos. The website is completely free to use, but the interface is outdated and difficult to browse on a mobile device.
The Open Video Project does not accept video submissions. If you have a collection of videos that you believe should be added to the project, you can contact the website administrators. Otherwise, the website is primarily intended as an educational resource.
You can find a wide selection of educational and historical films unavailable on other platforms. It was first launched in 1998 and now includes millions of digitized videos, including old documentaries and educational films.
BitChute uses torrenting technology to offer a peer-to-peer video sharing platform. The site was created as a response to the demonetization of political videos on YouTube.
The site allows users to upload content and share it without any restrictions, as the files are not hosted by on a central server.
BitChute does not restrict content or video sizes. After uploading a video, users can watch it on their computer or mobile devices, seeding it from your computer like sharing a torrent file.
PeerTube was conceived as a peer-to-peer video sharing platform with no ads and no censorship. You can upload any video content that you want, without any restrictions. It is completely free to use and there are no limits on file sizes or video lengths.
Instead of hosting the files on servers managed by the platform, the videos are hosted on users’ computers. When you upload a file, you are sharing it from your computer through a peer-to-peer network, like torrenting.
The Internet Archive is a large database containing millions of videos. The goal is to archive content to ensure that videos remain available to the public. Users regularly upload old documentaries, TV shows, and public domain movies.
The Internet Archives does not contain modern movies from major studios, but it does offer one of the largest collections of public domain footage and user-uploaded content.
There is no cost to use the site or upload videos. There are also no restrictions. However, the administrators of the website encourage users to not upload more than 1000 files per page or files larger than 50GB.
With LiveLeak, users can browse reality footage of events that are not always covered by mainstream news. In some cases, users upload videos of tragic events, which has led to some controversy. Many of the videos include graphic content, such as shooting or fatal accidents.
Users can upload their own videos with very minimal restrictions. The videos should be related to a news event and cannot contain content that is considered illegal in the United States. However, there is no monetization.
15) The Vlogs
The Vlogs provides an online platform for vloggers to share their video blogs. The content is geared toward political and news. The site does not impose strict guidelines on the user-uploaded videos.
When the site was first launched, users could upload videos for free. You now need to choose one of the paid membership options to upload videos. With the Level 2 membership, you can enjoy ad-free viewing and upload up to 1GB video files. With the Level 3 membership, you can also live stream your videos.