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The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of current, 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 Owner Launched Content license Ads # videos (millions) Views per day (millions) Main server location Prohibits pornography Multilingual Ad revenue sharing Video download-
able
Registration needed
Break.com Yeah1 Network 1998 own TOS Yes >0.029[1] Unknown  United States Yes No Unknown No Yes
Dailymotion Vivendi March 15, 2005 own TOS Yes >94.2[2] ~60  France Yes Yes Yes No[3] Yes
EngageMedia EngageMedia March 2005 Creative Commons No >0.008[4] Unknown  Germany Yes Yes N/A Yes Yes
Flickr SmugMug 2004 own TOS Yes >0.532[5] Unknown  United States Yes Yes No No Yes
Globo Video Grupo Globo 2002 Unknown Yes >2.71[6] Unknown  Brazil Yes No Unknown No Yes
Godtube Salem Media Group 2006 Unknown No >0.223[7] Unknown  United States Yes No No No Yes
Internet Archive Internet Archive 1996 own TOS No >4.567[8] Unknown  United States Unknown Unknown N/A Yes Yes
LiveLeak LiveLeak 2006 own TOS Yes >1.15[9] Unknown  United States Yes No Unknown No Yes
Metacafe Metacafe July 2003 own TOS Yes >0.213[10] 17  United States Yes Unknown No No Yes
MetaCDN
2012 TOS No Unknown Unknown  United States Unknown Yes N/A Yes Yes
Niconico Kadokawa Dwango December 12, 2006 own TOS Yes >26.5[11] Unknown  Japan Yes Yes No No Yes
QQ Video Tencent own TOS Yes >13.5[12] Unknown  China Yes Yes Yes Unknown
Rutube Gazprom-Media 2006 own TOS Yes >3.84[13] >1.1  Russian Federation Unknown No No No Yes
SAPO Vídeos Altice Unknown Yes >0.883[14] Unknown  Portugal No No No No
Tudou Alibaba Group April 15, 2005 own TOS Yes >1.05[15] 55[16]  China Yes Unknown Unknown Yes, with official tool only
tune.pk Integrated Units December 2006 own TOS Yes >3.41[17] >0.5  Pakistan Yes No Yes Yes[18]
Vimeo IAC November 2004 own TOS Yes >39.3[19] 1  United States Yes Yes[20] Unknown some videos downloadable [21] Yes
Youku Alibaba Group 2006 own TOS Yes >8.02[22] >150[23]  China Yes Unknown Unknown With official tool only
YouTube Alphabet February 15, 2005 own TOS, optional Creative Commons Yes[24] >3,400[25] 7,000[26]  United States Yes Yes Yes Officially “Selected Videos Only”.[27] Yes

Supported input file formats[edit]

Service MPEG MOV WMV AVI MKV MP4 MOD RA RAM ASF Ogg 3GP QT WebM Audio Other
Dailymotion Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes No No ?
EngageMedia Yes[28] Yes[28] Yes[28] Yes[28] Yes Yes[28] ? No No Yes Yes[28] Yes[28] Yes Yes Yes ?
Flickr[29] Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ? No Yes ?
Godtube Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No
Internet Archive Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes Any
LiveLeak.com Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes [30]
Metacafe[31] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No ? Yes Yes No No [32]
MetaCDN Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nico Nico Douga[31] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No No No No [33]
Putfile[31] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes ASX, 3G2
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
Tudou[31] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No FLV, M4V
Veoh Yes Yes Yes[31] Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? No No ?
Viddler[31] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No [34]
Vimeo[31] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No [34]
Youku[31] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No No FLV
YouTube[31] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No [35]
Service MPEG MOV WMV AVI MKV MP4 MOD RA RAM ASF Ogg 3GP QT WebM Audio Other

Streaming video technical information[edit]

Service Video Player Streaming Video Format Max size (MB) Max time (min) Resolution (max) Video bitrate (kbit) Audio bitrate (kbit) Stereo sound 3D capable 60 FPS support
Break.com HTML5 video or Flash On2 VP6 500 ? 464×352 340 kbit/s 30 frame/s mp3 CBR 64.0 kbit/s Yes Yes (red-blue anaglyph only)[36] ?
Dailymotion HTML5 video or Flash Ogg Theora/Vorbis or H.264, Sorenson codec 2,048[37] 720[38] 4,096×2160 ? 96~192 Yes ? Yes
EngageMedia HTML5 video or Flash H.264 unlimited unlimited 400×320 260 kbit/s 25 frame/s, mencoder mp3 CBR 64.0 kbit/s lavc codec No ? ?
Facebook Live HTML5 video ? 4,096 120[39] 1,280×720 ? ? ? ? Yes
Flickr HTML5 video or Flash ? 1,024[40] 3[40] 1,920×1080[41] ? ? Yes ? ?
Globo Video HTML5 video or Flash Sorenson codec, H.264 Download unlimited unlimited 480×360 420 kbit/s 29.97frame/s mp3 96 kbit/s Yes ? ?
Godtube HTML5 video or Flash H.264 500 N/A 854×480 variable 128 Yes No No
Internet Archive HTML5 video or Flash Ogg Theora/Vorbis unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited Yes ? Yes
LiveLeak.com HTML5 video or Flash ? 2,000 ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Metacafe HTML5 video or Flash ? ? 10 ? ? ? ? ? ?
MetaCDN HTML5 video or Flash H.264, MPEG-4 and RTMP unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited unlimited Yes Yes Yes
Nico Nico Douga HTML5 video or Flash H.264, On2 VP6 100 unlimited 640×384 unlimited[42] ? Yes ? ?
RuTube HTML5 video or Flash H.264 300 ? 640×480 (4:3), 640×360 (16:9) 1,000 ? ? ? ?
Viddler HTML5 video or Flash H.264, 3GP, WebM, MP4 unlimited unlimited 1,280×720 variable, average 1600, max 5000 128 Yes ? ?
Vimeo[43] HTML5 video or Flash H.264[44], AV1[45] 500 (Basic); higher with paid plans[46][47] unlimited 4,096×2160[43] variable 320 Yes Yes Yes
Youku HTML5 video or Flash On2 VP6 1,024[48] unlimited ? ? ? Yes ? ?
YouTube HTML5 video or Flash H.264, Sorenson codec, VP8, VP9 128,000 for verified users [49] 15 by default, 720 for verified users[49] 7,680×4320 variable 64~192 Yes 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 60 FPS support

Site traffic[edit]

Service Alexa
Site Rank
Quantcast
Site Rank
Monthly Unique
Visitors (USA)
Break.com 63,776 465,116 8,162,650
Dailymotion 173 179 17,300,000
flickr 451 311
Internet Archive 184 284 1,600,000
LiveLeak.com 2375 305 7,500,000
Metacafe 18,519 5,159 9,192,447
Nico Nico Douga 126 7,286 51,795
Putfile 12,971,187 314,912 772,083
RuTube 1,235 19,151 4,000,000
Tudou 84 57,470 266,022
Vimeo 152 2,465 15,000,000
Youku 243 10,108
YouTube 2[50] 4 52,436,820
Tune.pk 6,328 6,420

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "* site:break.com/video/". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "* site:dailymotion.com/video/". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Dailymotion legal terms". Retrieved 2009-07-24.
  4. ^ "* site:engagemedia.org/members/*/videos/". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "Search: video". SmugMug. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "* site:globoplay.globo.com/v/". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "* site:godtube.com/watch/?v=". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "Internet Archive Search: mediatype:(movies)". Internet Archive. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "* site:liveleak.com/view?t=". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "* site:metacafe.com/watch/". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "* site:nicovideo.jp/watch/". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  12. ^ "* site:v.qq.com/x/page/". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  13. ^ "* site:rutube.ru/video/". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  14. ^ "* site:videos.sapo.pt/". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  15. ^ "* site:video.tudou.com/v/". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  16. ^ For more info, see " Tudou now bigger than Youtube?" Shanghaiist, October 11, 2007.
  17. ^ "* site:tune.pk/video/". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  18. ^ No possibility to opt-out downloading .
  19. ^ "* site:vimeo.com/*". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  20. ^ English, Spanish, French, German
  21. ^ can't find the "download video" button?. vimeo.com.
  22. ^ "* site:v.youku.com/v_show/". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  23. ^ For more info, see "About Youku"
  24. ^ Users may choose to enable or disable ads. Automatically enabled when video is identified as third-party content.
  25. ^ "* site:youtube.com/watch?v=". Google Search. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  26. ^ "4B Vs. 7B: Can Facebook Overtake YouTube As No. 1 For Video Views And Advertisers?". Forbes. Forbes.
  27. ^ Many external services exist to download YouTube videos, but none are officially sanctioned by YouTube. Some Presidential videos allow MP4 downloading.
  28. ^ a b c d e f g converts to Flash, original available
  29. ^ "Supported video file formats in Flickr". Yahoo / Flickr Help. March 6, 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  30. ^ WebM, rmvb, 3g2, MPG, swf, asx
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h i converts to Flash
  32. ^ MP2, All formats are converted to WMV, FLV, and MP4
  33. ^ DivX, H.263, H.264, FLV, Xvid
  34. ^ a b 3G2, DIVX, DV. Original file can also be downloaded in original format.
  35. ^ H.263, H.264, FLV
  36. ^ "Break 3D - Break.com". break.com.
  37. ^ "Upload specifications and encoding settings". Dailymotion. Archived from the original on 11 June 2016. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  38. ^ longer for MotionMaker users
  39. ^ "Uploading & Viewing Videos: Technical Questions". Facebook. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  40. ^ a b "Difference between free and ad free accounts". Yahoo / Flickr Help. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  41. ^ "HD Videos on Flickr". Yahoo/Flickr Help. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 20 June 2014.
  42. ^ unlimited for premium members; 600 kbit/s for free members
  43. ^ a b "Compression Guidelines on Vimeo". vimeo.com.
  44. ^ since May 2009, phasing out VP6
  45. ^ since June 2019, AV1: Setting a new standard for video codecs
  46. ^ Plus allows up to 5 GB (5,120 MB) of uploads per week. Pro allows up to 20 GB (20,480 MB) per week, while Pro Unlimited and Premium have no weekly upload limit.
  47. ^ "Help Center". vimeo.zendesk.com.
  48. ^ 200 MB when using the web-based uploader
  49. ^ a b "Upload videos longer than 15 minutes". google.com.
  50. ^ "youtube.com Site Overview". alexa.com.