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10 Alternative Sites Like YouTube

Updated on October 7, 2015

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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10 Sites Like YouTube

Alternatives to YouTube

vimeo
vimeo

1. Vimeo

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

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twitchtv-logo

2. TwitchTV

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.

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twitch
crunchyroll
crunchyroll

3. Crunchyroll

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
dailymotion

4. Dailymotion

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.

dailymotion
dailymotion
metacafe
metacafe

5. MetaCafe

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.

metacafe
metacafe
viddler
viddler

6. Viddler

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.

viddler
viddler
nyvs
nyvs

7. NYVS

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

yahoo-screen
yahoo-screen

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.

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yahoo-screen
TED
TED

9. TED

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.

TED: Why Videos Go Viral (An Example of What TED Has to Offer)

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youku-video-site

10. Youku

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.

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youku

Which Video Site like Youtube Is the Best? Share Your Favourite!

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      Raffy 23 months ago from United Kingdom

      I know most of them except your no. 7 and 10.

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      leana 23 months ago

      there all blocked

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      Bonny OBrien 2 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Great article. lots of good info. I did not know about all of these sites. I will have to check some of them out.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Sam, I would have to check out Vimeo. Thanks for that tip, too.

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      Sam 2 years ago from Australia

      HubPages supports both YouTube and Vimeo in the video capsule so you can use both!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      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?

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      Tim Anthony 2 years ago

      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.

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      TTGReviews 2 years ago

      I have used Vimeo and TwitchTV before, but I still prefer YouTube over everything else.

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      Andrew Smith 2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      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).

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      Eric Calderwood 2 years ago from USA

      Thank you, it is good to know about alternatives for YouTube. I had never heard of some of these before.

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      Nicu 2 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      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.

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      Disillusioned 2 years ago from Kerala, India

      Useful info.

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      victor 2 years ago from India

      Very useful information. Nicely structured post

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      greeneyedblondie 2 years ago

      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).

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      Moviles-Baratos 3 years ago

      thanks for sharing this list

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      Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      STICKHAM is no more.

      You might want to update your lens.

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      CalobrenaOmai 4 years ago

      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.

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      Nice intro. Love the TED talks the best

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      Paleo100 4 years ago

      Nice introduction to other video sites.

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      NickOct 4 years ago

      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.

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      adelais lm 4 years ago

      I have only recently started on Youtube (started my own channel and stuff) but it's good to know the alternatives.

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      andreycosmin 4 years ago

      best lens thank you

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      Petzard 4 years ago

      I'm so used to Youtube. There is no alternative for me (for now!)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, I never knew about any video sites other than YouTube and Vimeo.

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      cutethings 4 years ago

      I had no idea all these sites exist. Thank you very much.

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      Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      I absolutely love TED - I can spend hours on there watching inspirational and unique videos.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Other than YouTube, I hardly know about other sites. Great tips and learning points.

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      RockInRio 4 years ago

      Somehow youtube.com is so overwhelmingly popular, that the other sites don't hit in that easily.