Yes, YouTube is not the be-all end-all of video hosting. In fact, there’s a bunch of other platform options out there. But the one to choose relies heavily on what you need.
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Here’s a look what else is out there:
YouTube’s less famous, more polished cousin. It has no advertisements and is generally a venue for professionals. (The series High Maintenance came out on Vimeo before getting picked up by HBO.) Basic member-ship is free, or you can pay R3 000 a year for a Pro membership, which allows 4K video, lets you restrict access to your videos, and gives you 20 GB of uploads each week.
Credit (or blame) Twitch for making watching other people play video games a successful video genre.
The site is entirely game footage, what you’d see on the screen of Minecraft or Mario, with the player’s head in the corner, narrating and likely shouting. We’d laugh more if it weren’t actually kind of addictive. And if 100 million people didn’t use the site every month.
A video-sharing site similar to YouTube, but with 10 million daily viewers instead of 30 million. And more relaxed restrictions on nudity. It’s a mix of professional (Larry King interviews, movie trailers) and amateur (civilian footage of Julia Roberts shopping). The site recently added a Netflix-style recommendation engine.
The resource for official music videos in crisp resolution. Vevo also plays on YouTube, which is why you’ll sometimes see channels listed as the artist’s name plus “Vevo”.
An app-only social media network, like Vine, with 15-second videos. The app posts a topic (the Kardash-ians, public breast-feeding, the president’s latest speech), and users reply with short video responses, which other users rank.
Want to bum yourself out for a few hours? This site is a repository of user-generated videos posted in the name of public awareness, some of which are violent assaults, explosions and shootings.
A live-video app primarily populated by teenage girls, who rate the platform’s most famous personalities with “Likes”. Its other metric: “Gifts”, tokens of appreciation for which viewers pay up to the equivalent of R1 300 and send to the performer. Users also earn gift credits by watching ads.