A month ago, after YouTube started stuffing ads into non-monetized videos and ramping up censorship, I decided to see if there are any viable alternatives for sharing and consuming videos. I also wanted to understand how good streaming performance and discovery are. Here’s what I found.
I’ll sum up my thoughts on:
DailyMotion is the closest YouTube alternative.
+ ease of use
+ mass-market content (music & entertainment focus)
+ for creators not looking for discovery: good place to park public or password-protected videos
– depth by category is low
– some upload limits
Bitchute has the makings of a YouTube alternative but it’s a thematic ghetto.
+ clean design
+ decent traction on top videos
+ active community
– content range: right wing to conspiracy. Way too much.
– mainstream creators will not want to be associated with what’s here
DTube is a blockchain free speech video platform. It pays a useless crypto coin to participate.
+has most of the basic features
– odd top categories
– blockchain system complex & pointless
– low engagement
– no discovery or useful content. Feels like you’re always a click away from terrorist training.
Peertube is so repellant, I won’t even bother discussing beyond this: you create your own servers to host god knows what with god knows who. It’s the calculus of video sharing platforms. Avoid, unless you hate your life.
Vimeo is now a corporate hosting service provider, not a tube site.
+ for ~$80 a year, indie creators can still have an attractive place to host their videos
+ versatile cross-platform uploading
– no discovery or content
– $$$$ corporate focus
Overall, there is no alternative to YouTube, unless you have a very narrow use case. For now, YouTube remains the only game in town for discovery and free hosting, albeit laden w/ads and increasing censorship.
And while wasting time doing this, I realized why I will never look like Olivia Culpo. Her skin routine has 40 STEPS!! I’d rather look like a monster.