Too much $ to host videos from the sound of it. Too many instances vanish. Strict upload limits means it’s more suitable as a gif meme host for your element memes that you don’t care about than an actual YouTube alternative.
Anyone else feel similar?
As others have alluded to, hosting videos is not cheap even with webtorrent enabled. There probably needs to be some sort of subscription model or at least a large enough donation base to run this sustainably. And it is also hard to attract content creators when the incumbent competition is actually paying people for it.
At least the latest released added automatic mirroring of YT channels so that maybe some content creators will at least put up a mirror on a PeerTube instance.
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I really like peertube. Making any alternative to youtube is very very hard. Videos do take a huge amount of storage, that’s just a fact of life and no better system could help with that.
Hot take here: peertube is too decentralized and offers nothing that YouTube or even paid platforms can’t do better. The technology behind it works, but with nothing marketable that creators or viewers care about its a hard sell. Most viewers don’t want to make 7 different accounts for 7 different instances, this is something Lemmy gets right by allowing cross-instance commenting from 1 account, while also not forcing creators to “just make their own instance”. Creators aren’t System admins that want to host their own server. (That be will ignored if you don’t spam the main instance with adverts)
1 peertube acct can’t post to other peertube instances? I swear I’ve done that before.
What’s your opinion on odyssey?
In my experience of using peertube I made an account and was able to subscribe to 2 channels before it started asking me to make accounts.
I did some research and I think that the token rewards are a legitimate incentive for creators who care about block-chain technology, and the viewer experience is comparable to YouTube.
However I would say that YouTube paying creators in Fiat is a bigger incentive than tokens. (Because of the exchange fees and gas fees not allowing people to withdraw small amounts in Fiat.)
I do know of lots of YouTubers who use Odysee as a “backup” or second platform.
I don’t like it.
You can comment using an account in a different Peertube instance, even using another Fediverse service. But the experience depends on the federation between instances.
It is possible to access a Peertube video from a lemmy.ml account, using a browser. It is an example: https://lemmy.ml/post/563193
But you need to follow some steps.
The simplest way to interact in a Peertube video using Lemmy or Mastodon is using the video URL (you can use Sepia Search to look for videos across different instances) and paste it in the search bar of your Lemmy or Mastodon account.
You can also search for hashtags or text, but the content needs to be previously federated in some way that I don’t understand.
They can, but it’s not the most discoverable.