5 video sites you should know about apart from YouTube

 

We all swear by YouTube, but here are some other video hosting options with similar, if not better facilities. Check out what makes them so different.

DailyMotion

1.       Dailymotion

It’s the second largest video site on the internet after YouTube, and the 32nd most visited website in the world. Dailymotion is a French-based video sharing website, on which users can upload, share and view videos. The website allows HD videos and offers a special program

me called Stupeflix, which can be used to make slideshows (30 slide maximum and seamless blending with an audio backdrop). In 2007, Dailymotion signed a major agreement with the Canal+ network to broadcast its television series in full on the site. All Canal+ videos are now shown on an encrypted channel of the site with anti-piracy safeguards.

Dailymotion was also the first video website to implement video fingerprinting to prevent copyright violations.

Metacafe

 

2.       Metacafe

 The third largest video-sharing website in the world (according to comScore), Metacafe is a one of a kind platform that specializes in short-form video entertainment in the categories of movies, video games, sports, music and TV. The site showcases carefully curated, exclusive and original premium entertainment-related video content.

In 2006, Metacafe launched a very successful Producer Rewards program that was later aired on TV for doing so well. The program encouraged video producers to be paid a certain sum for their original content, depending on the number of views their videos received.

YoukuTudou

3.       Youku Tudou

 Youku Tudou is currently China’s biggest video-sharing site. In March 2012 Youku (a video hosting server) acquired Tudou Inc. (One of the world’s largest bandwidth users, moving more than 1 Petabyte per day to 7 million users).

This pairing is becoming popular with users across the world because it allows the viewer to watch a wide variety of video contents ranging from licensed episodes of television shows and movies to short video clips. Unlike YouTube, which follows a different thought-pattern when it comes to copyrights.

A major advantage is that Tudou is one of the world’s largest bandwidth users and an average Tudou video is longer in duration than Youtube. It has no upload limit. Also, Tudou videos use Macromedia Flash Player which provide for a much higher quality.

 4.       Vimeo

Vimeo

It’s an American video-sharing website that’s popular with indie film-makers and derives nearly 15% of it’s traffic from mobile phones. It was the first video-sharing site to support consumer HD way back in 2007.

Offering a number of variations – Vimeo Plus and Vimeo PRO (for additional uploads and storage) the website created its first property in 2010 –  the first annual Vimeo Awards judged by the likes of  David Lynch, Morgan Spurlock, M.I.A., and Charlie White.

Numerous entertainers have used Vimeo to host content. Like Britney Spears did, in 2009. The White House also posts high-definition versions of its broadcasts to Vimeo, from time to time.

 5.       SevenLoad

sevenload

 A German based video-sharing platform, Sevenload is very similar to Hulu in America. But while Hulu is mainly on-demand, SevenLoad fits the description for a social media site and is available outside of just Japan and the US. Since its inception in 2006 it has emerged on international markets to become a Social Media Network for photos, videos and web TV content.

Among user generated content, Sevenload claims to host over 1,000 web TV shows in their channels. These selected premium channels host various official pages of artists, music labels, musicians and TV shows even in HD-quality, but also include UGC video content similar to the typical YouTube channels. Depending on the geo-location of the client, not all content is displayed in every country.

In the past, the website’s had its fair share of copyright infringement accusations.

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