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Free Video Streaming Sites Besides YouTube

YouTube dominates the world of online video sharing.  Unfortunately, most of the videos uploaded to the site are (frankly) not worth watching.  Sure, there is an occasional viral video that catches the eye of millions, but most are of no interest to a mainstream audience.

That’s a shame for those YouTubers who come to the site to watch music videos, funny commercials, TV shows or exotic movies that can’t be rented anywhere else.  They have to wade through thousands of cute cat movies, shakily-filmed vacation videos and goofy movies to find what they are looking for.

Luckily, for frustrated users, there are plenty of other video streaming sites out there that offer an alternative to the anarchy of YouTube.

Vimeo and Veoh

Vimeo and Veoh are two major mainstream competitors who best YouTube in several important areas.  If you are in the business of uploading videos, you will have a better time of it on both of these sites than you will on Youtube.  Upload times are generally slower, but there are fewer restrictions on the size of your upload.

Therefore, it is possible to upload longer videos on both Veoh and Vimeo than it is on YouTube, where the cut-off is usually 10 minutes.  Also, though there is a bit of info required by both Veoh and Vimeo, it is nothing near the almost-annoying amount of “paperwork” required by YouTube.  Vimeo boasts the lowest amount of upload info requirements.  Both have superior picture quality when compared to Youtube as well and both are capable of handling HD videos (the trade-off for better picture quality is a much slower upload time, however).

If you are looking to watch videos, both Vimeo and Veoh are, again, good places to start your search because of the higher picture quality.  These two sites have large video libraries, with people regularly uploading TV shows, music videos, etc.  However, YouTube still has the upper hand when it comes to the overall quantity of choices.

Viddler and LiveVideo

For super-simple uploading, there are several sites that allow you to record directly onto the site using a webcam.  Both Viddler and LiveVideo offer this service in addition to regular video-sharing features.

Hulu

If you simply want to watch TV shows and movies, there are alternatives to these peer uploaded options.  Hulu is an online video streaming service that seeks to solve the problems of TV and movie producers loosing money when their programs are shown on the internet.  Watching a show on Hulu is like watching a TV show on-demand from your cable provider.  There are a few commercials that interrupt the show, but there are generally less ads than if you were to watch the same show on television.  Selling ad time allows the site and the show’s producers to make their cut and, hopefully, stay in business.

Netflix

Lots of programming, good picture quality and an easy-to-use format makes this an attractive site.  There is also a premium version available.  Netflix offers unlimited streaming of its on-demand content (only a fraction of the titles are available for streaming) for a monthly membership fee (currently under $10).  If you watch a lot of movies, this might be a worthwhile investment, especially since the picture quality is superb.

Facebook

There are plenty of other options.  If you want to share your movies, Facebook’s video uploading features are good.  Picture quality is low, but uploading is a breeze and it is easier to share your videos here than anywhere else.

Daily Motion, Metacafe and Megavideo

Daily Motion, Metacafe and Megavideo are other reasonable options for those looking for the next viral video or a glimpse of popular music videos and TV shows.  All three are as user-friendly as YouTube (if not moreso) and have fewer uploading headaches and comparable, if not better, picture quality.  Also, none of the other sites mentioned are quite as notorious as YouTube when it comes to censorship.

Mark Rodgers has been involved in Internet Marketing for 3 years; he currently consults companies on ways to utilize cloud computing and how to implement a budget calculator.

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9 Replies

  1. Suzanne @ Mind Tree Mar 28th 2011

    thanks for the useful post.

  2. Ileane Jul 18th 2011

    This is a great list! LiveVideo and MegaVideo are two that I’m not familiar with, I need to check them out. For some reason the folks at Veoh rejected my vids, but I never followed up to find out why. I have so many other options that I just moved on the the next. Thanks!

  3. Gail HOOPER Jul 31st 2011

    I love hulu a lot. It really gives me the satisfaction I want for watching TV and Movies online. I agree with you regarding your views on youtube. some videos are not really good for watching.

  4. Divine @ Travel Wisconsin Aug 3rd 2011

    This is a wonderful ideas. This will attract viewers.

  5. Jonathan Kennedy Oct 26th 2011

    Great Post! Thanks for sharing it. It really help a lot to us.

    Best regards,
    Jonathan Kennedy

  6. icecube media Apr 22nd 2012

    I agree with you that the videos on youtube are not organized in a proper manner and people have to surf through many videos to watch exactly what they are looking for.

  7. Bennet_Marky Aug 17th 2012

    Hey Mark,

    Informative article. I have never used or heard about LiveVideo and Hulu. What I have heard from various sources and surfing the Web is that they are one of the best online video providers . They are useful for small and large scale business who care a lot their success.

  8. Cecily Jun 3rd 2013

    hi


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