4 video platforms challenging YouTube

4 video platforms challenging YouTube
Miranda Lucas

Miranda Lucas

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It might sometimes feel like YouTube is the only video service out there. But you may be surprised to learn that there are some outstanding up and coming companies hoping to provide a higher quality of service to their audiences. Take a closer look at a few of the best YouTube challengers today.

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4 video platforms challenging YouTube


Sure, it’s your favorite place to post selfies, but Instagram is also a fantastic video application. Videos on Instagram are typically short and provide for some fun GIF making, but users can also create longer videos (thanks to IGTV) or air live videos. The site is very widely used, too, which means your videos can get in front of people easily. Have you checked Insta today? We bet you have. The audience is just waiting for you…


It’s still the largest social media platform in the world, so this is a great alternative to YouTube. Facebook video is easy enough to use, especially its Facebook Live feature. It’s also an ideal choice for those who are looking to build a video library without having to pay anything to do so. It’s important to build videos just for Facebook though, as the content and formatting can be tricky to perfect.


Pluto TV

Pluto TV is a bit more like traditional television, but that’s one of the reasons some publishers simply love it. You can make money with it using interstitial videos as well as with banner ads. The platform also curates videos from numerous publishers and then places them on over 100 channels. It’s simple to use, which is another reason for its growth in popularity. If you’d like to submit your content to Pluto TV, click here.


If you hate YouTube ads, then you’ll love Vimeo’s ad-free player. This is a great platform for artists and brands to post their personal videos or for teams to collaborate. Vimeo also features high-quality live streaming (with real-time engagement), TV episodes, music videos, documentaries, and much more. You can join Vimeo with a free basic plan or else upgrade to one of their Plus, Pro, Business, or Premium plans.

Any of these video platforms could be worth the investment and give you the chance to put your content in front of a large audience. Play around with the different platforms and see which one works best for you.

Miranda Lucas

Miranda Lucas

Miranda Lucas is a writer based in Austin, Texas. Since graduating from the University of Michigan, she's written for numerous web-based publications. In her free time, she enjoys running, camping, and learning Spanish. Every year, she asks Santa for a second season of Firefly, but she's starting to think Santa isn't real.

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