I was going along, minding my own business, happy to watch YouTube Videos. Then the Idiots In Charge at EewTube decided to start being Political Editor Commissar Of (pseudo)Truth. Suddenly I was prevented from watching what I wanted, and shunted off to Reeducation Camp.
Well, that just fueled the resentment and the rise of alternative video providers.
During the most recent election, this reached hysterical proportions (the censorship, that is). I took the time to find alternative sources for “All my usual presenters” and bookmark them. I now have a very nice bookmark folder named rNews (for right news) and in it a list of folders, one for each presenter / source. In each folder, I bookmark wherever I’ve found them, in order, with EewTube last on the list. Essentially, I’ll only hit a YouTube link if it is the only one in the folder.
My typical sort order is:
Bitchute – as it is the biggest / first alternative. Most folks with duplicate channels seem to have one here.
Odysee – as it seems to work well and also has a good number of participants.
Lbry – It’s a bit different in how it works and not as well populated, but still good.
Dlive – It has live broadcasts only, near as I can tell. As I usually watch ‘recorded time delay’ it isn’t high on my list of preference order; but some things are only offered live.
Then, just today, I’ve discovered Rumble. IIRC I looked at it once a year or three ago. Mostly “cute animal” videos so I wandered off somewhere else ;-) It seems that lately it’s gained traction in the Political & News worlds (though the editors picks under the hamburger hash top left is still ‘cute animal’ heavy).
As Bongino, X22, Dinesh D’Souza, Dan Nunes and more are there, I’ll be hanging out at Rumble more in the future. I don’t know yet, but I think it will sort into between Odysee and Lbry; or perhaps Bitchute and Odysee. We’ll see.
Now there are more video sharing sites than that. Periscope has a live TV theme with all sorts of fun stuff, but more of a “drop in and see what’s hot” style. All sorts of folks ‘on the street’ all over the world just streaming stuff from their phone or video gear. Less ‘directed’ though it does have category filters.
But this got me wondering what other sites are out there that I might not know about. Like D.Tube (that didn’t impress me…yet…) or others? Well, there’s a Wiki. Oddly, it does NOT list Rumble. Especially Odd when you consider that in a Nunes podcast they stated you just can not find Rumble in a Google Search. Almost like folks are trying to actively hide it… (Suitable grounds for exploring it right there…)
A LOT of these are in languages other than English. So if you want a Persian or Mandarin video site, I’m not listing it here, hit the link. What I will do is go through the list, pull out those that look interesting to me, and put a note here. Later I’ll explore them and ‘see what I see’. I’m also not going to list the historical but now gone set. If curious about the Video Graveyard, again, hit the link. Note that it says the name is going to change so at some not-too-distant time you will need a different link.
Video hosting services are platforms which allow users to upload, share videos or live stream their own videos to the Internet. These can either be for the general public to watch, or particular users on a shared network. The most popular video hosting website is YouTube, with 1.8 billion logged-in users per month and the most extensive catalog of online videos. There are some countries in the world which place restrictions on YouTube, so some of these respective countries have their own regional video sharing websites.
I’d suggest that EewTube may be the biggest, but others are growing exponentially faster while they have actively been driving away audience.
Also, any link that leads to a China based or China related provider, even if in English, will not be covered by me. I have no need / interest in anything from China or China influenced. They have demonstrated their evil intent toward liberty and The West. So, for example, Bigo is a Singapore based English site. Singapore has no connection to the CCP, but I’m just not interested in sorting it out. I’m editing out any dedicated uninteresting (to me) language sites from the list:
Alexa global rankings as of 2 November 2019: Name Language Alexa traffic rank [...] Bigo English 12,438 [...] BitChute Multilingual 2,663 Dailymotion Multilingual 227 DLive Multilingual 3,092 Godtube English 33,656 [...] LiveLeak Multilingual 4,289 Metacafe Multilingual 20,911 [...] Periscope* Multilingual 9,038 [...] SchoolTube English 129,817 Smashcast.tv* Multilingual 116,483 [...] Tune English 6,989 Twitch* Multilingual 41 [...] Veoh Multilingual 32,117 Vimeo Multilingual 170 [...] YouNow Multilingual 11,605 YouTube Multilingual 2
I’m also skipping the “Websites dedicated to adult and pornographic video sharing” list. Not enough time in life for that when real life exists.
Then there’s the category of “Larger websites which allow the hosting of videos”. Those are often “social media” sites with memberships and tracking and such, so I avoid them, too. They are:
Alexa global rankings as of 2 November 2019: Name Language Alexa traffic rank Archive.org Multilingual 173 Facebook Multilingual 7 Flickr Multilingual 700 Instagram Multilingual 29 MySpace Multilingual 3,589 Newgrounds English 3,702 Photobucket Multilingual 3,042 Rediff Multilingual 483 Sina Weibo Mandarin 16 Tencent Video/Tencent QQ Mandarin 5 Twitter Multilingual 35 VK Multilingual 20 Wikimedia Commons Multilingual 299
A few are quasi archival sites (Archive.org, Wiki commons) and / or dropbox type. Frankly, other than for dredging archives they have little use to me. So I ignore them, too. The “He’s Dead Jim” list is amusing to read. Including things like TroopTube for US military… but not much use.
So, back up at that list of providers that have interest to me, what have I not yet looked at? What I find most interesting about it is the things left off. Sure, I’ll have a bit of fun looking up what GodTube is, or finding out if YouNow is of any interest. But the fascinating thing, almost looking like Deliberate Bias, is the lack of well known effective alternatives. Where is Rumble? DTube? Odysee? LBRY?
Makes a fella go Hmmm…
So my overall first impression is that I’m not going to find much useful in the Wiki List. I’ve already found more and more useful on my own. For completion, they also have a comparison of video hosting services:
Similarly limited and flawed.
A DDGo search on video hosting services turns up more / others.
10 Best Video Hosting Platforms in 2020
WordPress Video Hosting: Jetpack
Vimeo I know as the place where Rock Stars like to host their official music videos, and it shows up in YouTube so quasi related. Faceplant is not of interest. So there’s a few to look at. Dailymotion, Wistia, vooPlayer, BrightCove, SproutVideo, Usscreen. Don’t know any of them.
Then “podbean” shows up as an advert for a podcasting site.
The next link down adds a few:
Here are the 15 best video hosting services available in 2020, ordered from lowest to highest in price (click to jump):
Price? Tell me again why I care about price over content and usability? So, OK, a few repeats and some new ones.
At this point, I think I’m seeing diminishing returns to the search for more video providers. Is there really much chance that “Kaltura” or “HippoVideo” is going to be that bright shining star with lots of free and unfettered speech that isn’t already on some others?
So next I’m going to just wander through these. Looking up what they are and maybe visiting some of them. ONLY if I find one that “lights me up” with interest will I bother saying anything more about them. The rest of the day will just be “click, look, what?, done.” for most of them.
The surprising thing, of course, being just how many there are. Folks fleeing the Google Gulag have lots of landing pads…