YouTube is the most popular video sharing platform on the web. It has been around since 2005, and while it’s been around longer than most other sites, it still struggles against newer competitors like Vimeo and Facebook Live.
However, there are plenty of other video hosting sites out there that you should consider when you’re looking for a place to host your videos. The following list contains 10 of my favorite YouTube competitors as well as a few alternatives to consider:
Top 12 YouTube Competitors and Alternatives in 2022
- DTube (also known as BitTorrent Live)
- Facebook Watch
- Instagram TV (IGTV)
- Periscope / Twitter Live
- Snapchat Discover
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Dailymotion is a video hosting service that was founded in 2005 by former Microsoft employee Eric Lefkofsky. The website is owned by the French media conglomerate Vivendi, who also owns music streaming service Deezer and video game publisher Activision Blizzard. It’s the second-largest video-sharing website in the world with more than 200 million monthly users (as of April 2019).
Dailymotion offers its content on various platforms including Android TV devices and smart TVs; it also has its own app for Apple iPhones and iPads that can be downloaded through iTunes or Google Play Store for free.*
Twitch is a live streaming video platform and community for gamers. The site was founded in 2011 by Emmett Shear, Justin Kan and Kyle Vogt, who met while working at YCombinator.
Twitch has over 15 million monthly active users who watch billions of hours of content every month. To date, Twitch has raised more than $100 million from investors including Amazon, Bessemer Venture Partners and Chinese investment firm Dalian Wanda Group Holdings Ltd., which acquired a 5% stake in the company in 2016 for an estimated $100 million .
DTube is a decentralized video platform that builds upon the principles of YouTube and allows users to upload, view, share and monetize their content.
DTube was created by Evan Duffield who wanted to create an open source video hosting platform that was free from censorship. In order to do this, he developed DTube’s blockchain-based infrastructure which supports video sharing with no fees or restrictions on upload size or length; it also allows users to earn cryptocurrency by watching ads on other channels (similarly as you would if you were watching YouTube).
Vimeo is a video hosting platform that has been around since 2004. Like YouTube, it was originally designed to be an alternative to the then-dominant video sharing site YouTube. However, unlike its competitor, Vimeo has only been around for 10 years and is much smaller than YouTube.
Vimeo also offers more professional-looking content than its counterpart as well as less competition in terms of viewers and subscribers; however, this does not mean you should overlook it completely!
5. Facebook Watch
Facebook Watch is a video hosting platform. It’s similar to YouTube, but with a few differences. For one thing, it’s owned by Facebook and not Alphabet (as YouTube is). This means that there are fewer restrictions on what you can do with your videos and ads on Facebook Watch than there are on YouTube.
Facebook also has more than 2 billion monthly active users worldwide a number that dwarfs YouTube’s 1 billion subscribers! And unlike other platforms where creators have to pay for views or likes from their videos, here you can earn money just by uploading content onto their site (it’s called “sponsored posts”).
However, if you’re looking for something more professionally produced than straight-to-camera style content that may not appeal as much to viewers as say Let’s Play videos would then this might not be right up your alley just yet but don’t give up hope yet! With some creativity we could all make amazing things happen whether they involve ourselves directly or not 🙂
6. Instagram TV (IGTV)
Instagram TV (IGTV) is a video hosting service from Instagram. It’s a separate app, and it’s only available on mobile devices.
IGTV videos can be up to one hour long, but you can’t upload long-form content or add friends to your feed. You also can’t share the link to your IGTV video on social media; it has its own URL that people must visit directly from their phones or computers instead of from Facebook or Twitter (which would require extra steps).
If you want more control over how many views each post gets when shared through IGTV, though and if you don’t mind using less convenient methods like SMS messaging you’re better off using YouTube instead!
7. Periscope / Twitter Live
Periscope is a live streaming app owned by Twitter, the social media giant. It was launched in January 2016 as an alternative to YouTube and Facebook Live. In contrast to other platforms such as Facebook and Instagram where users can upload only their own content, Periscope allows you to broadcast live video feeds from other sources like news channels or sports events.
Periscope also has a big user base of 2 million people who use it every day!
Mixer is a live streaming platform that is owned by Microsoft. It’s the best option if you want to stream in 4K or have a large user base because it has more features and higher quality streams. You can also use Mixer as an alternative to YouTube, but only if you have an Xbox One or Xbox One X console.
9. Snapchat Discover
Snapchat Discover is a new feature that the company launched in June 2018, and it’s already become one of their most successful features. The idea behind Discover is that users will be able to discover new content from brands, artists and celebrities by visiting a dedicated section on Snapchat.
You can sign up for an account with Snapchat and start using its tools to create your own channels or follow other ones created by other people within the app. You can also monetize your videos by selling them through ads or sponsorships but only if you have enough followers who want to see what you have going on!
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Vevo is a music video hosting service, owned by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. The company has a network of channels on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.
Vevo was created in 2007 as part of the joint venture between Universal Music Group (UMG) and YouTube to allow content creators to monetize their videos with ads.
YouTube is a strong player in the video hosting space but it does have several viable competitors that you should consider for your video marketing efforts
YouTube is the most popular video hosting platform in the world and has been for many years. It’s easy to use, free to upload videos and has an enormous reach through its search engine optimization capabilities. However, there are other options available if you’re looking for something more specialized or niche-specific than just “how-to” videos about putting up shelves or painting walls (although those would be great too).
We want you to know that there are many options for hosting your videos on the internet. YouTube is one of them, but it isn’t always the best choice. You should consider using these top 10 competitors and even some of their alternatives to see which platform fits your needs better than YouTube does.