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Best alternatives to Youtube

Jul 16, 2019 · 5 min read

Best alternatives to Youtube

You may think that watching innocent videos doesn’t give out much information about you, but you’d be wrong. It’s surprising how much data Google uses to understand who you are and what you like or dislike. It’s time to take your privacy back and look for a video platform that doesn’t collect your data.

Best overall Youtube alternatives

DTube

DTube is one of the best privacy-focused video platforms you can use instead of Youtube. It’s completely decentralized, meaning that DTube videos aren’t uploaded and streamed from one centralized server as they are with Youtube. All of its content is stored on blockchain. This means that it’s pretty difficult for hackers to tamper with video content, it’s unlikely that your personal data will leak, and the community controls the platform.

What's also great about DTube is that it doesn’t serve you ads or have a recommendation algorithm, it supports free speech (the content is monitored by the community), and all content creators have the opportunity to earn cryptocurrency revenue. The interface is similar to Youtube, so die-hard Youtube fans won’t find it difficult to move to this platform.

Dailymotion

Dailymotion attracts 112 million viewers a month and is one of the biggest Youtube competitors. Some say that it’s as close as you can get to Youtube while others call it ‘the darker and poorer’ brother of Youtube. Either way, it has a similar layout, a great interface, a search bar, and the same content categories Youtube has.

Users choose Dailymotion mainly because of its high-quality videos. Dailymotion allows users to upload content up to 4GB and with a resolution of 1080p, while Youtube tends to compress them. The only downside is that all videos are only up to 20 min long.

Best for short videos

Metacafe

Metacafe is a very basic video platform that is even older than Youtube. It hosts a huge number of videos, which are all up to 90s long and are of a fairly low quality, at least compared to other platforms. However, they do ensure that there are no duplicate videos on Metacafe.

It’s a great platform for people looking for funny videos, product reviews or quick how-tos. Like Youtube, it categorizes videos into entertainment, sports, video games, movies, news and TV. Viewers can subscribe to channels or view different playlists, too.

9GAG TV

9GAG is a go-to platform for social media fans and anyone who’s looking for short and funny videos. Facebook and Twitter users love this platform as it’s full of GIFs, memes, and other fun photos that they can share with their friends. The content is categorized, making it easy to find what you’re looking for.

Best for music lovers

Vevo

A great alternative to Youtube if you only watch music videos. Vevo offers a huge number of high-quality music videos from two labels – Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group. You can either watch the latest hits or explore other video clips, which are grouped by an artist.

Best for inspiration

Vimeo

Vimeo was founded by filmmakers, so it’s no surprise that it’s a go-to platform for creative minds. Everyone from video makers and photographers to musicians and ad agencies uses Vimeo. If you’re just looking for funny cat videos, this platform isn’t for you.

It has a great interface and definitely surpasses Youtube with its high quality videos (4K Ultra HD to be precise), which also can earn content creators some extra cash. Vimeo is also ad-free and has a built-in community so users can comment, follow channels, and share videos on their social media accounts.

TED

TED is well known non-profit organization that hosts conferences all around the world. Majority of the lectures are recorded and their videos then appear on Ted’s website. As of now, it has over 3000 talks covering everything from technology and business to design and global issues. It’s a great platform if you are looking for fresh ideas or wish to learn something new.

Twitch

Best Youtube alternatives

Best known in the gaming community, this video hosting platform allows its users to ‘live broadcast’ their gameplay or upload the recording. It also serves as a social network where people can share their game tips and interact with other players.

Best for TV shows and movies

Veoh

Another video sharing website with a simple interface that offers user-generated and personalized content but without any time limitations. If you’re looking for well-known TV shows such as NCIS, Two and a Half Men or The Price Is Right, you’ll like Veoh. You can also find some great movies, too. To watch HD content, you'll need to install the Veoh Web player.

Veoh can be seen as a cross-breed between a video streaming website and a social network. Veoh’s users can connect with other users, join groups, and chat with their friends.

Internet Archives Video Section

This is an archive of documentaries, movies and videos that you might not be able to find anywhere else. You can search videos by year, language, topic and subjects. You can also upload your videos as well.

Crackle

Crackle was founded by Sony Picture Entertainment, which makes it the best place to watch original TV shows or older Hollywood movies. It offers well-known movies such as Animal House, Paranormal Activity, and Rudy. Crackle also features videos from established production houses, including Columbia Pictures, Funimation Films, Tri-star pictures and many more.

Why you should look for Youtube alternatives

Unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to stop video streaming websites from using some form of tracking. All of them collect aggregated data to ‘improve their services’ or use cookies to collect data for marketing purposes. Some also share that data with their partners and almost all of them will share your information in ‘special circumstances’ like to fight fraud or when required by law enforcement agencies.

Google does that too, so why should you bother looking for Youtube alternatives?

  • You’re giving Google even more data, which adds to an even more accurate ‘user profile’. The alternatives above might serve you ads but they won’t have much more than what you’ll provide them with your profile.
  • You’re getting stuck in the ‘filter bubble’. Google thinks that it knows what you want and serves you the search results that match your profile and your interests. Leaving any other information outside your ‘filter bubble’.
  • Broaden your horizons. Not all the videos that are available on the internet are on Youtube. If you are looking for fresh ideas for a scientific project – why not check TED? Or maybe you like old movies that can’t be found anywhere else – then check out the Internet Archive.

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Emily Green
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Emily Green is a content writer who loves to investigate the latest internet privacy and security news. She thrives on looking for solutions to problems and sharing her knowledge with NordVPN readers and customers.


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