Top YouTube competitors in 2019

The biggest video sharing platform available now. Frequently awarded, with millions of users and tons of content every day. YouTube is the number one platform for video-content creators and their viewers. Innovative ideas, easy to use systems and availability led it to success. But of course, it has some competition in various shapes. Today we are gonna talk about YouTube competitors all over the world. Let’s check them out!

1. Introduction

Lots of people will agree with ascertainment that YouTube is the television of the future. This platform was created on 14 February 2005 in the USA. Over the years the company has achieved great successes. The idea of this company is a little bit funny. One of its founders became frustrated with trying to share video footage of a dinner party. He was unable to do so over email because of attachment size limits. After that, this guy with two former PayPal employees developed a simple platform for sharing videos. The project was such good that Google noted the potential of this platform and on 10 October 2009 Google ransomed YouTube for 1,65 billion $!

1.1 YouTube Success

As we know YouTube had been created just to send videos to viewers but over the years it has been gaining a lot of new features such as YouTube streaming and YouTube Stories. Nowadays, YouTube is one of the most popular social platforms in the world! Can’t believe? Look at these numbers!

  • 1,300,000,00 active YouTube users,
  • 30,000,000 YouTube visitors per day,
  • 3,250,000,000 of hours of video watched on YouTube each month,
  • 5,000,000,000 videos are watched on Youtube every single day,
  • 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
  • 6,237,378,069 most viewed youtube video – Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee

During the 14 years, other companies have created YouTube counterparts. Some companies have focused mainly on video sharing services, but there are also platforms for streaming and more. Some of these platforms have been achieved success and that’s why we will tell you something more about the biggest YouTube competitors.

2. Top YouTube competitors

Below you will find the list of biggest YouTube competitors of all time. The list is sorted in first to last order, based on various factors like company worth.

2.1 Dailymotion

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logo owner: Dailymotion

Dailymotion is a YouTube alternative which was established in Paris one month later after YouTube. Their main mission statement is: “Regarder, publier, partager “ also service allows us to upload, view and share videos. This keynote is very similar to YouTube efforts. For sure one of the biggest Dailymotion weakness is that the uploaded video cannot be longer than 60 minutes and maximum video quality is 720p.

Country of origin: Paris, France

Founder: Benjamin Bejbaum, Olivier Poitrey, Mark Zaleski, Didier Rappaport

Owner: Vivendi (90%), Orange (10%)

Launched: 15 March 2005

Type: videos sharing, streaming

International: Yes, with different language options

Free to use?: Yes

Dailymotion app available on PC, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

How much is it worth?: $ 967,000,000

2.2 Twitch

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logo owner: Amazon

Twitch is one of the biggest video game streaming service in the world. This YouTube competitor set up a business in June 2011 by Justin Kan and Emmett Shear. 3 years later Twitch was ransomed by Amazon.com for 970 million $. Now the platform is evolving very fast and gaining much more users and streamers. The most popular twitch streamers are Ninja, Summit1g, Shroud, DrDisRespectLIVE, Pokimane, Tfue. The most viewed game on Twitch is Fortnite Battle Royale which is followed by 44 382 766 users. Twitch has more than 15 million daily active users and the number is still growing!

Country of origin: USA

Founder: Justin Kan and Emmett Shear

Owner: Amazon.com

Launched: 6 June 2011

Type: live streaming, videos sharing

International: Yes, with different language options

Free to use?: Yes

Twitch streaming devices: PC, IOS, Android, NVIDIA SHIELD, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Chromecast, Fire TV

How much is it worth?: $ 4,110,000,000

2.3 Netflix

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logo owner: Netflix

Netflix is a streaming service that allows us to watch online the newest cinematic movies. Many people love Netflix original serials which are available only on this platform. One of the most popular serials is Stranger Things, House of Cards or Narcos. The YouTube competitor – Netflix – earns money from subscriptions. There are 3 subscriptions levels: Basic-$9, Standard-$13, Premium-$16 – currently Netflix has over 100 million subscribers!

Country of origin: California, USA

Founder: Reed Hastings, Marc Randolph

Owner: Reed Hastings, Morgan Stanley

Launched: 29 August 1997

Type: Videos sharing

International: Yes, with different language options

Free to use?: The 30-days free trial then $9/$13/$16 per month

Netflix streaming devices: PC, IOS, Android, Windows Phone, Xbox 360/One, PlayStation 3/4, Nintendo Wii/U/3DS, Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast

How much is it worth?: $ 4,220,000,000

2.4 Vimeo

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logo owner: InterActive Corp

If you looking for video websites like youtube, Vimeo can be your alternative. Users who joined Vimeo can watch videos without commercial which makes this service much more comfortable. Unfortunately, the page has restrictions. If you of them you have to buy a subscription. What gives us the subscription? You can bump your storage more than 500MB per week. Many people say that Vimeo videos have better quality than YouTube which can convince many people to choose this service.

Country of origin: New York, USA

Founder: Zach Klein, Jake Lodwick

Owner: InterActiveCorp

Launched: November 2004

Type: Videos sharing, live streaming

International: Yes, with different language options

Free to use?: Free but available subscriptions $7/$20/$34 per month

Vimeo devices: PC, IOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Chromecast

How much is it worth?: $ 973,000,000

2.5 Flickr

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logo owner: Yahoo

Another big YouTube competitor for sure is Flickr. This is a service where users upload and share daily 4 million their photos and videos. A lot of people love Flickr of great optimized web style but also for different language options.

Country of origin: Vancouver, Canada

Founder: Stewart Butterfield, Caterina Fake

Owner: Yahoo

Launched: 10 February 2004

Type: Photos sharing

International: Yes, with different language options

Free to use?: Yes

Device: PC, Android, IOS

How much is it worth?: $ 724,000,000

2.6 9GAG TV

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logo owner: Ray Chan

9GAG is the most popular website which contains the best funny memes and movies on the internet. This service is available on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook but also it has his own website and application on Android and IOS. YouTube competitor is still gaining more fans.

Country of origin: Hongkong

Founder: Ray Chan, Chris Chan, Brian Yu, Derek Chan, Marco Fung

Owner: Ray Chan

Launched: 12 April 2008

Type: Videos sharing, Photos sharing

International: English

Free to use?: Yes

9Gag app available on IOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, BlackBerry 10

How much is it worth?: $ 814,000,000

2.7 HBO GO

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logo owner: HBO

HBO GO is a very similar service like Netflix. HBO company was assumed 47 years ago what makes this corporation one of the long-time television station in history. During years HBO evolved very quickly. On 18 February 2010 HBO launched HBO GO which is now available on Android, IOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and more.

Country of origin: New York, USA

Founder: Charles Dolan

Owner: HBO Central Europe

Launched: 8 November 1972 (HBO), 18 February 2010 (HBO GO)

Type: Videos sharing

International: Yes, with different language options

Free to use?: The 30-days free trial then $10-$18 per month

HBO GO devices: PC, IOS, Android, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast

2.8 Amazon Prime Video

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logo owner: Amazon

How you can see Amazon.com company is the second one on this list. Why? This YouTube competitor has also video service with the same mechanical like HBO GO and Netflix. So what is disruptive in this project? Twitch Prime Subscription gives us much more features than Amazon competitors.

  • You can subscribe every month one creator on Twitch
  • Every month users get free video game and game bundle packs
  • Gives us sales on Amazon.com

Also, Amazon Prime Video is a boosted version of HBO GO and Netflix at a similar price.

Country of origin: Washington, USA

Founder: Jeff Bezos

Owner: Amazon.com

Launched: 5 July 1993 ( Amazon.com); 7 September 2006 (Amazon Prime Video)

Type: Videos sharing

International: Yes, with different language options

Free to use?: The 30-days free trial then $8.99-$12.99 per month

Prime video app available on PC, IOS, Android, Xbox 360/One, PlayStation 3/4, Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, Nintendo Wii

How much is it worth?: $ 5,000,000,000

2.9 Veoh

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logo owner: Qlipso

For sure the Veoh company is not the biggest YouTube competitor but some people said that the company is still growing and maybe one day it will beat this giant. Service is fully free that’s why Veoh can convince another website.

Country of origin: San Diego, California.

Founder: Dmitry Shapiro, Ted Dunning

Owner: Qlipso

Launched: September 2005

Type: Videos sharing

International: Yes, with different language options

Free to use?: Yes

Veoh device: PC

How much is it worth?: $ 1,698,400

2.10 Hulu

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logo owner: The Walt Disney Company

Hulu is a premium streaming service offering live TV, movies, series and more. The platform was launched in 2008. Nowadays, Hulu has 32 million users and it sill gaining more followers. Unfortunately, service has only English language options and that’s why it hasn’t conquered the world like Netflix. Company deals with the biggest companies like Walt Disney, 21st Century Fox, or Time Warne.

Country of origin: Los Angeles, California, USA

Founder: Bruce Campbell, Peter Chernin, JB Perrette, Michael Lang, Beth Comstock, and Jason Kilar

Owner: The Walt Disney Company (67% equity; full control), Comcast (33% equity)

Launched: 29 October 2007

Type: Video sharing, Live TV

International: Yes

Free to use?: The 30-days free trial then $5.99-$50.99 per month

Hulu app available on PC, IOS, Android, Xbox 360/One, PlayStation 3/4, Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, Nintendo Switch

How much is it worth?: $ 925,000,000

2.11 Metacafe

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logo owner: Metacafe

Metacafe is a video-sharing service which contains only short-form videos. The website has been working since 2003 but has not achieved much success yet. Shared videos are subjective about sports, music, and gaming. Registration on Metacafe is not a requirement.

Country of origin: California, USA

Founder: Eyal Hertzog, Arik Czerniak

Owner: Metacafe, Inc.

Launched: July 2003

Type: Video sharing, Photo sharing

International: Yes

Free to use?: Yes

Metacafe app available on PC

How much is it worth?: $ 1,919,200

2.12 Facebook Videos

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logo owner: Facebook

Facebook is probably the biggest YouTube competitor. Why? Facebook has 2,700,000,000 active users! In the beginning, fb was just supposed to be used as a communicator with friends but over time it gains more and more upgrades. Now facebook features are very similar to YouTube:

  • sharing videos
  • adding posts
  • Facebook Stories/ YouTube Stories
  • Facebook Streaming/ YouTube Streaming

How we can see, Facebook can be a YouTube counterpart in the future!

Country of origin: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Founder: Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes

Owner: Facebook

Launched: 4 February 2004 (Facebook), May 2007 (Facebook Videos)

Type: Videos sharing, Photos sharing, Live Streams

International: Yes, with different language options

Free to use?: Yes

Facebook app available on PC, IOS, Android, Xbox 360/One, PlayStation 3/4, Android TV, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast,

How much is it worth?: $ 59,325,166,125

2.13 IGTV

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logo owner: Instagram

IGTV is a new feature of Instagram which belongs to Facebook. Instagram TV offers users short videos for example about kitchen, sport, culture and more. It was developed one year ago so this service is relatively new and it still getting more users!

Country of origin: San Francisco, USA

Founder: Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger

Owner: Facebook

Launched: 6 October 2010 (Instagram), 20 June 2018 (IGTV)

Type: Videos sharing, Photos sharing, Live Streams

International: Yes, with different language options

Free to use?: Yes

Instagram app available on IOS, Android, Windows Phone

How much is it worth?: $ 4,720,000,000

2.14 Hotstar

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logo owner: Hotstar

Hotstar is a Netflix counterpart from India. The main limit at this service is that it works only in India. The Hotstar subscription is one of the cheapest in the market but if you live apart from India you can use a VPN or just use another video streaming platform.

Owner: Star India

Launched: February 2015

Type: Videos sharing

International: Yes

Free to use?: No, 199 per month (about $2.87)

Hotstar app available on PC, Android, IOS

How much is it worth?:  $ 949,000,000

2.15 CDA.PL

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logo owner: CDA.pl

In Poland, cda.pl is such popular as youtube. What is more, this platform gives users the same features like Youtube: cinematic movies, videos, and photos. The success of cda.pl company mainly comes from people who upload there illegal movies which come from cinemas or paid services like Netflix or HBO GO.

Country of origin: Warsaw, Poland

Founder: Lukasz Cwiek

Owner: Cwmedia

Launched: 2004

Type: Videos sharing, Photos sharing

International: No

Free to use?: Yes

CDA.pl app available on PC, IOS, Android, Chromecast, Android TV

How much is it worth?: $ 90,500,000

3. Summary

How we can see many companies have very similar functions. Differences between them are oftentimes very inappreciable. Frequently it’s about:

  • price – paid subscriptions gives users no-limit watch time without commercials
  • commercials – many platforms have commercials which are sometimes very annoying
  • language – some services are lesser popular because people don’t understand the English language
  • availability of films – many movies and serials are available only on a specific internet platform – for example Game of Thrones users can watch only on HBO
  • features – not every service offer watching new cinematic movies, live streams…
  • platform devices – some services don’t have a device for example for PlayStation 4
  • localization – services aren’t available in every country

Also, I affirm that YouTube has big competitors which are expanding very fast. The win depends only from appropriating customization for the user. Currently, YouTube is on the top but the competition never sleeps 😉

Sources:

https://merchdope.com/youtube-stats/

https://www.marketing91.com/top-14-youtube-competitors/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_YouTube

https://www.livetiles.nyc/100-fascinating-facts-youtube

https://twitgoo.com/best-youtube-alternatives/

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