This service was launched before YouTube, in 2004. Creators can choose a free account that allows them to post videos and live stream, or opt for a paid service that starts at $7 a month for extra features such as player customisation, privacy controls, live Q&A, polls, audience chat, etc.
Now, while Vimeo never picked up like YouTube, viewers are still promised a content-rich platform where they can view curated staff picks, and videos sorted by categories such as animation, arts & design, comedy, documentary, educational, fashion, food, music, reporting & journalism, sports, talks, trailers, and travel.
Odysee is a very young YouTube-like platform that was launched in December 2020. It runs on a protocol called LBRY that allows content creators to upload their work to the LBRY network of hosts.
Sites like YouTube and Vimeo store your uploads on their servers and allow viewers to stream them. This also means that they can block content that does not meet their regulations. And this is where Odysse is different. Here, users own their content and do not hand it over to the corporate or their advertisers.
Content providers, however, can still earn money in three ways. The first is earnings per view, in which users receive payments in the form of LBRY Credits (LBC) that can be exchanged for non-digital currencies. The second form of monetisation is tips from viewers/direct donations, and the third option is listed as site/app promotions.
For viewers, Odysee sports an interface that is akin to YouTube. You can like videos, leave comments, and the homepage lists popular topic categories of videos—tech, gaming, news and politics, finance, the universe—trending on the site.
Twitch is a live video-streaming service that focuses on computer gaming, and also including broadcasts of e-sports competitions.
The website also hosts channels for music & performances, talk shows & podcasts, art, science & technology, software programming, travel & outdoors, food & drink, makers & crafting, fitness & health, as well as esoteric channels like ASMR, and hosted chat.
The content on Twitch can be viewed live or via video on demand after the broadcast has ended. The site boasts of 2.5 million+ viewers at any point in time, 7 million+ content creators and 30 million+ visitors every day.
Utreon is a Toronto-based company that was founded in 2019 with plans to rival YouTube in video content. The site’s offerings are classified into 30 categories, including Anime, art, automotive, beauty & fashion, comedy, education, food, gaming, health & fitness, hobbies, lifestyle, music, news & politics, religion & spirituality, science & medicine, sports & recreation, technology, TV & film.
Viewers can follow a channel, comment on videos, and even up-vote or down-vote it. Utreon uses this mechanism to moderate content by leveraging human judgement instead of “depending on machine-learning”.
For creators, it hopes to have a monthly subscriptions and micro-transactions system in place by early July, along with advertising and sponsorship options later in the year.
BitTube.tv, which was launched in 2018, is a WebTorrent-powered video sharing platform. Unlike YouTube, this service does not enforce corporate-level censorship. Instead, creators are encouraged to moderate their comment sections and appoint others to help.
Video moderation, on the other hand, is handled in part by a distributed Community Moderation System (CMS) that anyone can participate in to help process reports and earn rewards.
The site incorporates features where creators and viewers can share content, and generate traffic. This means that every piece of media posted on BitTube.tv or watched by BitTube users is automatically monetised. For example, when a YouTuber cross-posts their YouTube link on BitTube.tv, it is monetised by BitTube users when they watch it on YouTube, completely outside the grasp of YouTube itself.
Viewers get a simple interface, where they can browse content by videos, live streams, images, audio and even hashtags. Like YouTube, they can subscribe to channels, up-vote or down-vote videos, bookmark them, share them and post comments.
This resource describes itself as a “non-partisan video platform with a focus on free speech”. It is managed and maintained by the non-profit foundation, Stichting FreeSpeechTube, which is based in the Netherlands.
Now, it’s no secret that YouTube is a mainstream advertiser-friendly environment. So, if—by any chance—certain content is deemed harmful in certain geographies, it could be removed.
Then, there are other websites that have more relaxed policies and have now become a hotbed for offensive politics, graphic content, explicit violence and even visible injuries.
FreeSpeechTube poses a third option: It offers a platform to publicly share your opinions and ideas, provided the content does not include unlawful acts, such as defamation and copyright infringement; communication that is insulting or that incites discrimination, hatred, or violence against a group on account of race, religion, belief, sex, sexual orientation, or handicap, and you cannot post videos with graphic violence and sexually explicit content.