Video Sites Like YouTube
Interested in an alternative to YouTube? There are plenty of video sites available to watch and share video content for free.
YouTube, owned by Google, is currently the most popular video sharing website available. Despite its dominance, there are many other sites where you can upload your videos to grow your audience, improve video quality, or simply get faster upload speeds.
This list of sites focuses on benefits from both an uploader and viewer perspective. Some will appeal to uploaders, due to their audience size and ease of uploads, while others will appeal because of the quality of their videos and available subscriber options.
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Vimeo was started by filmmakers, so it is no surprise that they have strong support for film-related videos. If you are looking to upload your own short films (as an indie filmmaker) or simply interested in watching user-created films, you should try this site.
It also has a great video school that content-creators can use to tweak their uploads and a supportive community that is interested in up-and-coming creators. Its Plus and Pro upgrades are worth considering if you're a regular uploader looking to remove some site restrictions.
If you are looking to upload your indie film content, then Vimeo is worth a look.
What is Vimeo
TwitchTV (Twitch), launched in 2011 as a subsidiary of JustinTV that focuses solely on gaming content, is perfect for gamers. It specialises in video game live-streaming and also offers stream recordings.
Twitch is your YouTube alternative for eSports, talk shows, and game commentaries. The website is currently dominated by League of Legends, StarCraft, DOTA, World of Warcraft and Call of Duty-related content.
It's also a great place for gamers to monetise their content through the Twitch Partner Program which allows users to earn revenue from advertising displayed on their video game streams and content. Many professional gamers and commentators have paired this with the YouTube Partnership Program to earn a full-time living.
Crunchyroll is an anime-based video website that focuses on video streaming anime content for free. It's an ad-supported experience that also offers premium memberships, allowing you to pay to remove advertising across the site if you prefer.
While it might not have every single anime you want to watch, its collection is slowly growing as they negotiate more licensing deals. The site has quickly grown into one of the most popular video-streaming websites for anime fans since its launch.
Dailymotion is one of the top three video sites based on traffic and as such provides a great YouTube alternative.
Dailymotion allows users to upload and browse videos with minimal restrictions. MotionMakers and Official Users can upload videos without any restrictions and even gain increased site visibility (if you are a content-creator, your goal is to reach one of these statuses).
It has a unique privacy protection feature which analyses videos as they are being uploaded to prevent copyrighted videos from being added, which results in less illegal and copied junk on the website.
It performs well in search results, so if you are looking for a place to grow your audience, then Dailymotion is definitely a good option.
Metacafe is another popular site. While it originally started out as a simple YouTube clone, it now has differentiated itself with a number of unique features.
The biggest feature is that it focuses on short entertainment pieces (movies, video games, sports, TV, and even an 18+ section). It also integrates with Facebook, which generally helps cut down on comment spam around the website.
Metacafe has a great partner program which is great for one-hit-wonder videos; any video with a certain amount of views is eligible.
If you are primarily a video viewer or looking for a one-time upload location, then MetaCafe may be the site for you.
Viddler is another popular website that focuses on business videos rather than user-generated content. It no longer offers any free services, instead offering paid plans that companies can use to grow their brands.
When there are free alternatives available, a fee may turn some firms away, but the fees on Viddler are very reasonable considering the features packed into the site. These features include support, customisable player options, detailed analytics, branding, and advertising options.
Viddler is a great mixture of a video-hosting service and social networking. If you are looking to grow your brand or business, then this may be the website you've been looking for.
NYVS (New York Video School) is a 100% online training program that can take your video development to the next level. If you're into shooting, directing, lighting, and everything else that goes into video production, then this online course can help improve your skills by turning them into a career or simply using them to enhance your own video projects (hosted on YouTube or the websites featured here).
If you've ever been interested in improving your skills, NYVS gives you one of the best online training resources around. After taking their free trial, you'll quickly be hooked as you learn and discover things you never considered before.
NYVS - An Online Video and Film School for Everyone
8. Yahoo! Screen
Yahoo! Screen, originally named Yahoo! Video, is another growing alternative. The site now focuses on professional content ranging from comedy, oddities, animation, viral videos, and premium entertainment content.
If you generally stick to professional (non-amateur) videos, then you might find Yahoo! Screen a nice change of pace. Their popular categories include comedy, pets, celebrity, how-to, games, finance, news, and sports.
TED is a site for users who are looking for content that is more intellectual or philosophical.
The website features videos from the global technology, entertainment, and design conferences hosted by the Sapling Foundation. These conferences encourage out-of-the-box thinking on ways to change the world. Their videos cover a range of topics regarding scientific and culture research and are all very enjoyable to watch (and will definitely get your brain thinking).
If you love watching videos but are looking for something to make you think, then TED will appeal to you.
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Youku is often referred to as 'Chinese YouTube' and is the second-ranked video site in terms of traffic. If you are interested in Chinese-related videos or your content has a Chinese theme, then Youku is a good alternative.
The website originally focused on user-uploaded content but has more recently moved to more professional uploads that come from numerous sources including television and film companies.
Its video library also has many full-length western movies with Chinese subtitles (due to the absence of certain copyright laws in China). This has made Youku a popular site for Chinese-speakers seeking certain movies and TV shows and English-speakers who want to watch movies for free.
Which Video Site like Youtube Is the Best? Share Your Favourite!
Raffy from United Kingdom on October 23, 2015:
I know most of them except your no. 7 and 10.
leana on October 17, 2015:
there all blocked
Bonny OBrien from Troy, N.Y. on July 28, 2015:
Great article. lots of good info. I did not know about all of these sites. I will have to check some of them out.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on April 02, 2015:
Sam, I would have to check out Vimeo. Thanks for that tip, too.
Samuel Franklin (author) on April 02, 2015:
HubPages supports both YouTube and Vimeo in the video capsule so you can use both!
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on February 19, 2015:
Sam, great hub. I never heard of some of these sites as well. Would they work for video sharing for our hubs, other than Youtube?
Tim Anthony on February 16, 2015:
Great hosting sites that are excellent alternatives to YouTube and Vimeo! Now-days YouTube is going downhill with its 10 minute time limit, suspending users for no reason, and you can't get your account back.
TTGReviews on January 27, 2015:
I have used Vimeo and TwitchTV before, but I still prefer YouTube over everything else.
Andrew Smith from Richmond, VA on December 20, 2014:
Good list. I don't think any of them works nearly as well as YouTube, which is to be expected. I do enjoy TED videos, sometimes straight from the TED site (but more often from YouTube itself).
Eric Calderwood from USA on December 18, 2014:
Thank you, it is good to know about alternatives for YouTube. I had never heard of some of these before.
Nicu from Oradea, Romania on December 14, 2014:
There is no website as popular as Youtube. In my country it's another video sharing site called Trilulilu, but it's not as popular as Youtube.
Disillusioned from Kerala, India on November 07, 2014:
victor from India on October 27, 2014:
Very useful information. Nicely structured post
greeneyedblondie on October 06, 2014:
If I can't find something on youtube.com then I got o dailymotion.com automatically. I didn't realize there really were THAT many other site that also had videos (other than hulu.com).
Moviles-Baratos on January 19, 2014:
thanks for sharing this list
Aladdins Cave from Melbourne, Australia on October 14, 2013:
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CalobrenaOmai on May 31, 2013:
The alternatives are interesting I might give them a try though I have tried vimeo in the past. I'm so use to YouTube plus I have a list of my favorite vids/music set up on the site; although some of the vids have disappeared. There are ads that pop up but depending on what I'm listening to, the ads are either minimal or something related to what I'm watching. Another great lens. Keep 'em coming.
blestman lm on May 28, 2013:
Nice intro. Love the TED talks the best
Paleo100 on April 29, 2013:
Nice introduction to other video sites.
NickOct on February 05, 2013:
I tried Blinkbox not so long ago but every 5 - 10 minutes an advert came on which is so annoying so I went back to Youtube. The only trouble is they are tending to go the same way, more and more advertising. They're still the best those.
adelais lm on December 25, 2012:
I have only recently started on Youtube (started my own channel and stuff) but it's good to know the alternatives.
andreycosmin on December 20, 2012:
best lens thank you
Petzard on December 13, 2012:
I'm so used to Youtube. There is no alternative for me (for now!)
anonymous on December 09, 2012:
Wow, I never knew about any video sites other than YouTube and Vimeo.
cutethings on December 09, 2012:
I had no idea all these sites exist. Thank you very much.
Rosetta Slone from Under a coconut tree on December 08, 2012:
I absolutely love TED - I can spend hours on there watching inspirational and unique videos.
anonymous on December 08, 2012:
Other than YouTube, I hardly know about other sites. Great tips and learning points.
RockInRio on December 08, 2012:
Somehow youtube.com is so overwhelmingly popular, that the other sites don't hit in that easily.