For free expression. Alternatives to see the videos that Youtube does not want to show you

For free expression

In 1984 Isaac Asimov was asked to write a review on George Orwell's novel of the same name. Asimov found nothing good to say. 36 years later, Orwell looks like a prophetic writer and the author of Foundation a short-sighted critic. But, it is not the fault of good old Don Isaac that 1984st century leaders turned XNUMX into an instruction manual.

Before continuing, a clarification. I am writing an article about technology and the Internet, not about politicsWhile it is true that this article was born by the banning of Donald Trump's accounts by social media platforms (the same ones that happily accept the impositions of Asian dictatorships in order not to lose their market), it is not a defense (or an attack ) to your government. I simply believe that in a democracy, the only limit for free expression is the one set by the Constitution and the laws and only a judge can apply it.

Of course the word alternatives has to be taken with a grain of salt. None of these recommendations have the number of visitors or the variety of YouTube proposals. Neither are its restrictions.

For free expression. Alternatives to Youtube


The great advantage of this service based on free software is that it is not centralizedor. Using the same technology as the Torrent network, content is streamed from multiple locations reducing download time and interruptions. PeerTube is compatible with Activity Pub, a federated protocol that allows interaction with other compatible services.

The best thing about everything that PeerTube offers is that you can choose between several instances according to your preferences and needs or create your own.


Another decentralized service only Instead of using Torrent technology, it uses Blockchain. Also, instead of ads, it offers its own cryptocurrency to reward creators.

But, the reality may not be as pretty as the promise. The community can decide to delete videos. And we already know that a motivated minority tends to have greater power in communities than a majority. As for creator rewards, you have to generate a minimum of visits in the first week.

In that sense PeerTube has the advantage that you can use your own donation services.


In this case we have a plataform multi content. Supports videos, music, ebooks and other types of documents. Using the protocol of the same name. Creators can upload their work to the hosting network, set a price for streaming or download, or allow it to be done for free.

Self-hosted solutions for free expression

The alternatives above allow you to use third-party servers or self-installation. The ones that follow is the other way around. They are designed to be self-hosted, although there are those who put their servers so that others can use them.


Part of the GNU project, this content manager not only supports videos. It also handles ebooks, presentations, 3d models, and ASCII art. If the server on which it is hosted is powerful enough, you can make it available to the community to upload their own videos.

The platform has a comment form with support for Markdown.

YouPHPTube (AVideo Platform)

As the name implies this platform self-hosted is written in Python (just kidding). Like so many other open source projects, it follows the model of drug traffickers. It gives you the base for free, but if you want the add-ons with more interesting features, you'll have to go to the checkout (and it won't be cheap).

Seriously, maybe you should consider charging a low price per download and including all features instead of wanting to recoup development costs by selling a plugin

Of the platforms that we comment, It seems to be the only one that in addition to transmitting the hosted videos allows you to do live broadcasts. Two other interesting features are the ability to import and convert videos from business services and a mobile-friendly interface.

Regarding monetization, you can use Google Ads or sell your own video advertising to be shown before the content chosen by the user.

The application has support for different channels and supports playlists and subscriptions.

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  1.   Hernán said

    Very good grade. Thank you for sharing this. I am very angry at Youtube as it is censoring many videos that I frequently watch.