Although online YouTube is synonymous with “online videos”, not all audiovisual content of the network dies in Google. Apart from this platform, we have a plethora of options that, targeting a specific and massive niche, seek to differentiate themselves and gain positions among online video users.
Here we bring you 5 sites or alternative platforms to YouTube that allow you to view, share and download (in some cases) videos online. Each one with a peculiarity and with different models. Do you use any of these platforms or do you prefer YouTube?
It is clearly one of the most promoted in recent months (at this point, talking about years is too). It was introduced publicly in 2004 as a clear alternative to YouTube. As a platform, it allows uploading, sharing and downloading videos (something that on YouTube is a sort of taboo subject). Its main difference is that it is the first video site (introduced this option in 2007) to allow high-definition content (HD), something that Google’s platform would implement only in 2009.
The best thing about Vimeo is its user interface , Which is very simple, light and attractive. The videos load very smoothly and not very heavy for the browsers. For the most techies, the HTML5support platform, Allowing you to watch videos without the need for Flash technology .
Open to the public around 2007, UStream is an entirely dedicated platform for streaming and video. What does this mean? (Yes, yes, there are many words in English, but we can say that they are necessary neologisms to explain the system) that although it stores videos and audiovisual content, its main objective is to support the live transmission.
Whichever savvy that usually follow conference coverage over the internet, you will have noticed that most rely on this platform to do so.
Its main characteristics are: the live audio and video transmission, which is free, has no transmission limit and contains several channels with different themes (in the style of television networks). On the other hand, it has an excellent integration with social networks, especially with Twitter.
As its name indicates, Archive is the website whose sole purpose is to become the universal file of the web. This includes videos, audios, texts and any content that has been spinning on the internet. What interests us at the moment is the audiovisual aspect. There we can find, upload and share any type of video, from any extension and leave it free to be used by all users under open and opensource formats.
Access is free for both uploaders and downloaders and for sharing.
The difference is that you can not only find movies without copyright (or copyright), but also animated feature films, domestic videos, and any other type of content with “moving images”. It is also highly recommended the other sections of Archive.org
Maybe it’s the only one different from the 5 we propose here. Hulu is an online video platform exclusively created to broadcast content from TV channels. Clearly in this it differs from everyone because it does not accept to upload content by the users and its only objective is to take the idea of TV on-demand to the web. Access is free only for users in certain markets (US and UK) and allows viewing content already broadcast by most US TV channels.
The advantage: it’s like watching TV but from the PC (or, lucky ones that can, from the screen of your digital TV). The disadvantage is that it does not bet on the web community and that it has restricted market access
It’s a mix between YouTube and Vimeo. Perhaps its differential is that it is not of American origin, like the rest, but French. This may seem like a trifle, but it is interesting that there is a non-global platform of videos that does not depend exclusively on the US strategy, especially the copyright.
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