Comparison of video hosting services

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The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of notable video hosting services. Please see the individual products' articles for further information.

General information[edit]

Basic general information about the hosts: creator/company, license/price etc.

Service Creator Launched Content License Ads # Videos Views Per Day Censorship Multilingual Ad Revenue Sharing Video Downloadable
blip.tv blip.tv May 2005 own TOS Yes Unknown Unknown Yes No Yes[1] Yes[2]
Break.com Break.com 1998 own TOS Yes Unknown Unknown Yes[3] No Unknown No
Citytv.com.co El Tiempo Publishing March 10, 2009 TOS Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown No Unknown No
Clowdy Clowdy April 12, 2013 TOS No Unknown Unknown Unknown No N/A Yes
DaCast DaCast 2008 TOS No Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes N/A No
Dailymotion Dailymotion March 15, 2005 own TOS Yes >10,000,000 ~60,000,000 Yes[3] Yes Yes No[4]
EngageMedia EngageMedia March 2005 Creative Commons No Unknown Unknown Yes Yes N/A Yes
Flickr Ludicorp 2004 own TOS Yes Unknown Unknown Yes Yes No No
Globo Video Globo.com 2002 Unknown Yes >500,000 Unknown Yes[3] No Unknown No
iFilm acquired by MTV Networks May 2000 own TOS Yes Unknown 2,000,000 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
imeem imeem October 2004 own TOS Yes >500,000 Unknown Unknown Yes No
Internet Archive Internet Archive 1996 own TOS No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown N/A Yes
Metacafe Metacafe July 2003 own TOS Yes Unknown 17,000,000 Yes Unknown No No
MoboVivo MoboVivo June 2006 Premium TOS No 2,500+ TV episodes Unknown Yes Unknown Paid Content Revenue Share Yes
Multiply Multiply, Inc. December 2003 own TOS Text Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
MyVideo MyVideo April 2006 Unknown Yes 5,400,000 ~7,000,000 Yes Yes Unknown No
Nico Nico Douga Niwango December 12, 2006 own TOS Yes >3,200,000 Unknown Yes Yes No No
OneWorldTV OneWorldTV 2001 own TOS No Unknown 10,000 Yes[5] Unknown N/A Unknown
Openfilm Openfilm June 2008 own TOS Opt-in >10,000 >10,000 Yes Yes Yes No
Phanfare Phanfare November 2004 own TOS No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown N/A Unknown
Pixorial Pixorial 2009 own TOS No >1,000,000 Unknown Unknown No No Yes
Qik Qik, Inc. December 2007 own TOS No >1,000,000 Unknown Yes Yes N/A Yes
Revver Revver November 2005 own TOS Yes Unknown Unknown Yes[3] Yes[6] Yes Yes[7]
Rutube Rutube 2006 own TOS Yes >3,000,000 >1,100,000 Unknown No No No
ScienceStage Polarmedia UG September 2008 Creative Commons Yes Unknown Unknown Yes Yes[8] Unknown Yes
sevenload sevenload April 2006 Creative Commons Yes >500,000 1,500,000 Yes[3] Yes[9] Yes No
Tudou Tudou April 15, 2005 own TOS Yes Unknown 55,000,000[10] Yes[3] Unknown Unknown Yes, with official tool only
Tune.pk tune.pk December 2006 own TOS Yes >100,000 >500,000 Yes No Yes[1] Yes[11]
Twango Twango October 11, 2006 own TOS Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
U-verse AT&T 2010 own TOS Yes 180,000 Unknown Yes Yes Unknown Unknown
Veoh Veoh Networks, Inc. September 2005 own TOS Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown Yes Unknown Yes
Videolog Videolog Inc May 17, 2004 own TOS No Unknown Unknown Yes No N/A No
Vimeo Connected Ventures November 2004 own TOS Yes >1,000,000 1,000,000 Yes[3] Yes[12] Unknown Not all videos allow download [13]
vzaar vzaar Limited September 2007 own TOS No >100,000 Unknown Yes[3] Unknown N/A Yes
Yahoo! Video Yahoo! 2006 own TOS Yes Unknown Unknown Yes[3] Yes Unknown Unknown
Youku Youku 2006 own TOS Yes Unknown >150,000,000[14] Yes Unknown Unknown Yes, with official tool only
YouTube three ex-PayPal employees; acquired by Google February 15, 2005 own TOS, optional Creative Commons Yes[15] >461,000,000[16] 1,200,000,000[17] Yes Yes Yes Officially “Selected Videos Only”.[18]

Supported input file formats[edit]

Service MPEG MOV WMV AVI MKV MP4 MOD RA RAM ASF Ogg 3GP QT Audio Images Other
Atom.com Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? Yes Yes No No ?
blip.tv Yes[19] Yes[19] Yes[19] Yes[19] Yes[19] Yes[20] Yes[20] Yes[20] Yes[21] Yes Yes Yes Yes No [22]
Break.com ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Citytv.com.co Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No [23]
Dailymotion Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes No No ?
EngageMedia Yes[19] Yes[19] Yes[19] Yes[19] Yes Yes[19] ? No No Yes Yes[19] Yes[19] Yes Yes Yes ?
Flickr Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? No Yes ?
Google Video[24] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? No No -
iFilm Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes ? Yes ? No No [25]
imeem[21] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes [26]
Internet Archive Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes Any
Metacafe[21] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No ? Yes Yes No No [27]
Multiply Yes[21] Yes[21] Yes[21] Yes[21] Yes[21] Yes Yes Yes Yes[21] ? Yes Yes No Yes [28]
Nico Nico Douga[21] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No [29]
OneWorldTV Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Openfilm Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No FLV, Mailing DVD
Phanfare ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Putfile[21] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes ASX, 3G2
Qik[21] No Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No Yes No Yes Yes
Revver[30] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes ? ? ? ? No No [31]
RuTube Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No Yes Yes No No FLV
ScienceStage Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes
sevenload Yes[32] Yes[32] Yes[32] Yes[32] Yes[32] Yes[32] Yes[32] Yes[32] Yes[32] Yes ? ? Yes Yes [33]
Tudou[21] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No FLV, M4V
Twango Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes ? Yes Yes No No [34]
Veoh Yes Yes Yes[21] Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No No ?
Viddler[21] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No [35]
Videolog Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes No Yes Yes No No FLV, DV
Vimeo[21] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No [35]
VReel[21] Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Divx Xvid
vzaar[21] Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Yahoo! Video Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ? Yes Yes ? ? ?
Youku[21] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No No FLV
YouTube[21] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No [36]
Service MPEG MOV WMV AVI MKV MP4 MOD RA RAM ASF Ogg 3GP QT Audio Images Other

Streaming video technical information[edit]

Service Video Player Streaming Video Format Max size (MB) Max time (min) Resolution Video bitrate (kbit) Audio bitrate (kbit) Stereo sound 3D capable
Atom.com Flash 1,000 unlimited 640x480 ? ? ? ?
blip.tv HTML 5 Open Web Video or Flash On2 VP6 1,024 unlimited 1,280x720 ? ? Yes ?
Break.com Flash On2 VP6 500 ? 464x352 340 kbit/s 30 frame/s mp3 CBR 64.0 kbit/s Yes Yes (red-blue anaglyph only)[37]
Citytv.com.co Flash H.264, Sorenson codec 2,048 11 1,280x720 ? ? Yes ?
DaCast HTML 5 Open Web Video or Flash H.264 unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited Yes No
Dailymotion HTML 5 Open Web Video or Flash Ogg Theora/Vorbis or H.264, Sorenson codec 2,048 60[38] 1,280x720 ? mp3 CBR 96.0 kbit/s AAC LC VBR Yes ?
EngageMedia Flash H.264 unlimited unlimited 400x320 260 kbit/s 25 frame/s, mencoder mp3 CBR 64.0 kbit/s lavc codec No ?
Flickr HTML 5 Open Web Video or Flash ? 150 1.50 1,280x720 ? ? ? ?
Globo Video Flash Sorenson codec, H.264 Download unlimited unlimited 480x360 420 kbit/s 29.97frame/s mp3 96 kbit/s Yes ?
Google Video
(closed for uploads)
Flash Sorenson codec, H.264 Download unlimited[39] unlimited 320x240 variable (24.99frame/s) AAC 124 kbit/s Yes ?
HD share (closed) Flash On2 VP6 4,096 unlimited 1,280x720 ? ? Yes ?
iFilm Flash On2 VP6 100 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Internet Archive HTML 5 Open Web Video or Flash Ogg Theora/Vorbis unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited Yes ?
Multiply 100 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Nico Nico Douga Flash H.264, On2 VP6 100 unlimited 640x384 unlimited[40] ? Yes ?
OneWorldTV 100 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Openfilm Flash H.264, On2 VP6 2,048 unlimited 690x518 (min) 700 kbs (min) AAC 96 kbs (min) Yes ?
Phanfare 2,048 10 ? ? ? ? ?
Qik Flash Sorenson codec unlimited unlimited 640x480 variable ? Yes ?
Revver Apple QuickTime & Flash On2 VP6 100 unlimited 480x392 ? ? ? ?
RuTube Flash H.264 300 ? 640x480 (4:3), 640x360 (16:9) 1,000 ? ? ?
sevenload Flash Sorenson codec 1,500 ? 1,280x720 ? ? ? ?
Stage6 (closed) DivX Web Player MPEG-4 Part 2 2,048 unlimited 1,920x1080 ? ? ? ?
Twango Flash Sorenson codec 100 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Veoh Flash On2 VP6 unlimited If video is longer than 30 minutes, only a 5 minute preview is shown. To see the full video the user has to install the VeohTV client. 540x304 512 64 No ?
Viddler HTML 5 Open Web Video or Flash H.264, 3GP, WebM, MP4 unlimited unlimited 1,280x720 variable, average 1600, max 5000 128 Yes ?
Videolog Flash H.264 400 25 1,280x720 ? ? ? ?
Vimeo[41] HTML 5 Open Web Video or Flash H.264[42] 5,120[43] unlimited 1,920x1080[44] variable, average 2000, max 5000 320 Yes ?
VReel (closed) DivX Web Player & VReel Player H.264, MPEG-4 Part 2 8,500[45] unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited Yes ?
vzaar HTML 5 Open Web Video or Flash H.264 2,000 unlimited ? ? 128 Yes ?
Yahoo! Video Flash 150 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Youku HTML 5 Open Web Video or Flash On2 VP6 1,024[46] unlimited ? ? ? Yes ?
YouTube HTML 5 Open Web Video or Flash H.264, Sorenson codec, VP8, VP9 20,480; 61440 for verified users 15; unlimited for verified users[47] 4,096×2304 [48] variable[49] 192 Yes Yes
Service Video Player Streaming Video Format Max size (MB) Max time (min) Resolution Video bitrate (kbit) Audio bitrate (kbit) Stereo sound 3D capable

Site traffic[edit]

Service Alexa
Site Rank
Quantcast
Site Rank
Monthly Unique
Visitors (USA)
blip.tv 2,919 812 2,209,322
Break.com 433 120 8,162,650
Dailymotion 97 59 17,300,000
flickr 33
Google Video 296 4,800,000
iFilm 4,018 1,437 1,600,000
imeem 146 107 9,115,420
Internet Archive 372 1,582 1,600,000
Metacafe 182 104 9,192,447
Multiply 106 3,794 694,738
Nico Nico Douga 137 18,250 51,795
OneWorldTV 1,332,511 2,000
Openfilm 86,316 15,109 113,100
Phanfare 26,269 8,025 322,164
Putfile 2,266 3,452 772,083
Qik 14,857 26,931 505,000
Revver 3,861 4,210 606,734
RuTube 1,261 4,000,000
sevenload 1,923 12,798 192,022
Tudou 84 6,553 266,022
Veoh 77 233 5,429,576
Videolog 12,404
Vimeo 108 61 15,000,000
Yahoo! Video 760 2,400,000
Youku 49
YouTube 3[50] 4 52,436,820
Tune.pk 7,709 47 15,000,000

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b publishers who opt-in get 50% share
  2. ^ No possibility to opt-out downloading [1].
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i No pornography
  4. ^ "Dailymotion legal terms". Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  5. ^ No sexual content or bad language
  6. ^ English preferred
  7. ^ QuickTime Only
  8. ^ English, German, Spanish
  9. ^ English, German, Turkish, Mandarin, Spanish, Italian, French, Polish, Russian
  10. ^ For more info, see " Tudou now bigger than Youtube?" Shanghaiist, October 11, 2007.
  11. ^ No possibility to opt-out downloading .
  12. ^ English, Spanish, French, German
  13. ^ can't find the "download video" button? on Vimeo
  14. ^ For more info, see "About Youku"
  15. ^ Users may choose to enable or disable ads. Automatically enabled when video is identified as third-party content.
  16. ^ YouTube - Broadcast Yourself
  17. ^ "YouTube Video Streams Top 1.2 Billion/Day". Techcrunch (Techcrunch). 
  18. ^ Many external services exist to download YouTube videos, but none are officially sanctioned by YouTube. Some Presidential videos allow MP4 downloading.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l converts to Flash, original available
  20. ^ a b c no conversion
  21. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t converts to Flash
  22. ^ 3G2, DIVX
  23. ^ H.263, H.264, FLV
  24. ^ converts to Google Video
  25. ^ GVI, FLV
  26. ^ DV, FLV. mp3, wma, wav
  27. ^ MP2, All formats are converted to WMV, FLV, and MP4
  28. ^ FLV MP2 DV (these, among others convert to Flash; unsupported formats available for traditional file download)
  29. ^ DivX, H.263, H.264, FLV, Xvid
  30. ^ Converts to Embedded Flash and QT
  31. ^ H.264, 3GP, MV4
  32. ^ a b c d e f g h i Converts to Embedded Flash
  33. ^ ZIP, RAR, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIF, JP2, PSD, WMF, EPS
  34. ^ FLV, M4V, 3G2
  35. ^ a b 3G2, DIVX, DV. Original file can also be downloaded in original format.
  36. ^ H.263, H.264, FLV, WebM
  37. ^ http://info.break.com/break/html/break-3d/break-3d.html
  38. ^ longer for MotionMaker users
  39. ^ 100 MB when using the web-based uploader
  40. ^ unlimited for premium members; 600 kbit/s for free members
  41. ^ [2] Compression Guidelines Vimeo
  42. ^ since May 2009 [3], phasing out VP6
  43. ^ Basic members are limited to 512MB.
  44. ^ Basic members are limited to 720p.
  45. ^ When not being a premium member it's 1,024 MB
  46. ^ 200 MB when using the web-based uploader
  47. ^ "Up, Up and Away - Long videos for more users". YouTube Inc. (YouTube Inc.). 2010-12-09. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  48. ^ "What's bigger than 1080p? 4K video comes to YouTube". YouTube Inc. (YouTube Inc.). 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  49. ^ unlimited for 4K videos
  50. ^ Youtube.com - Reviews, Site Info, Traffic Stats and Related Links from Alexa