Hello Live Streamers!
So I am starting to understand why there are so many alternatives to YouTube. Yes, YouTube is the king of Video-On-Demand and even though they have recently revoked our streaming rights (Only to be appealed and approved 8 hours later) we can’t simply move all our videos to a service like Vimeo for Business (which we are going to use in tandem to YouTube).
Recently, I received a notice from YouTube saying “Your video has been removed from YouTube”. I hadn’t even started my live stream titled “Green Screen Webinar – eBook – Taking Webinars to the next level!”. Because it happened so fast it must have been a internal trip up with Google because no user would have had time to use the “Report as in-appropriate” button.
I had never had this happen to me before but it just recently happened again! It also restricted our live streaming rights and I was unable to stream our Friday Webinar 1/8/2016. So I can really see why the live streaming community uses services such as: DaCast, UStream, TikiLive, Meridix and others. To have our live streaming rights revoked really stinks especially because it wasn’t our fault.
So, once I appealed through Googles form it my video live streaming rights were re-activated which is great. But it was really a drag because this has now happened 3 times! One time I think maybe… one of our competitors might have flagged a video as inappropriate? I don’t really know. But it happened a couple weeks after a completely legitimate live stream was recorded. This is a real issue for any business that is relying on YouTube Live for live streaming. So I started looking at alternatives.
For low cost live streaming I looked at DaCast, UStream and TikiLive ending up on DaCast for simple and low cost alternative option. Then I started looking around for alternatives to YouTube all together who could replace YouTube’s On-Demand features. I was delighted to find atleast 8 really amazing services which I will outline in our next blog post. They are: Vimeo Pro, Kaltura, Panapto, Maker.TV, Viddler, Wistia, Vzaar, SproutVideo and then I found a WordPress plugin called YouMax. So look for a more detailed outline on those YouTube replacements. Until then, be careful relying on a free service such as YouTube Live for your regular live streaming events.
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