I'm looking for a video hosting platform with the following characteristics:

  • Can upload under a free (as in libre) format
  • Convenient HTML5 player
  • Free (libre) JavaScript, if JS is used to help serving the content
  • Streams under a free (libre) format
  • No tracking, no ads
  • Anynomous viewing
  • Free software

Hey, this looks like YouTube, only in better. But I didn't say it must be free (as in gratis) for the uploader however.

  1. Does this this golden goose exist?
  2. If not, and if someone was to implement it, what would be the chance of success of being finacialy sound, that is getting enough financial revenue (pay plan for uploaders, donators, …) to balance the costs?
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    On Meta: Are hosting recommendation requests on-topic?
    – unor
    Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 14:09
  • Topic rephrased
    – youri
    Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 17:35
  • So you looking for something you can host yourself, right?
    – Izzy
    Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 18:45
  • Correct. Me, or anybody else actually.
    – youri
    Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 19:53
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    @youri Check this out : streamable.com Free to upload, No tracking, No ads, Anonymous viewing, Anonymous upload. Dont know if this what you are looking for or I din't understand your question corerctly. :) Commented Feb 1, 2016 at 11:40

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Peertube https://joinpeertube.org is a free (no charge and libre) open source software developped by the Framasoft Association in France (framasoft.org). You can install it to run your own server and run your own video platform. The idea behind Peertube is decentralized video hosting, where instances cooperate in a peer to peer way.

If you don't want to install your own peertube instance and prefer simply uploading videos to an existing platform, you can use Framatube https://framatube.org, which is Framasoft's peertube instance.

I cannot guarantee that Peertube will meet all your requirements, but as its code is open source, your can edit and adapt it.

  • Framatube signup is closed at the moment. Went for pe.ertu.be.
    – youri
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 12:59
  • Good to know. Thanks for the feedback.
    – OuzoPower
    Commented Mar 12, 2019 at 10:38

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