So we all know that YouTube is pretty bad for a few reasons, the first and foremost reason definitely being that it’s owned by Google, and I think many of us know that there are some alternatives. There are 3 that come to mind:
Unfortunately, all of these have some barrier to entry:
- LBRY.io requires an external player (that does not have an RPM package for Fedora, OpenSuse, etc)
- Peertube is federated and, like Mastodon, the user has to know what instance they want to make their account with which can lead to confusion
- Peertube is also Peer-to-Peer which can cause some slowdown or longer buffering if there aren’t enough peers
- d.tube is owned by steem.it which currently has a wait time for registering
- If you do have a steem.it account, registering the d.tube account is a little tricky for an end user
- None of these platforms have nearly the amount or level of content that YouTube has.
Of these three, I think d.tube has the best chance of succeeding for consumers, but only because it has an easy-to-remember url and you’re able to watch the videos in your browser; however, I think Peertube could pull ahead if someone made an instance with a catchy, easy to remember URL, such as “new.tube”.
Does anyone else have thoughts on this?
edit: Apologies, I meant Peertube, not Freetube.