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DTube is more than a YouTube alternative

YouTube is the world's largest video hosting platform but will it keep its position or will it drop in user popularity? And if it does, which service will pick the number one spot then?

DTube is a decentralized video platform that utilizes the Blockchain and P2P technology. The first thing that I noticed when I visited the start page of the platform was that it listed Dollar amounts underneath each video.

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The main interface of DTube displays hot, trending and watched videos on the start page. You can run searches, or use the menu to explore trending tags and account related listings such as the "watch later" or "watch again" video lists.

A click on a video opens it in the interface and videos start automatically or manually. So far, no difference to how sites like YouTube operate.

Some videos may take a moment before they start, but I'm not entirely sure if that is a DTube issue or was caused on my end.

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DTube raises some questions:

  • How is DTube content monetized if there are no ads (there are no ads)?
  • Where are videos hosted?
  • Are there restrictions in regards to videos that you can upload to the service?
  • How are videos ranked?

DTube is an ad-free platform. It uses the Steem blockchain to keep records. STEEM's advantages over comparable blockchain solutions is that it is entirely free. This means that users don't have to make initial deposits and that there are no transaction fees. Videos uploaded to DTube earn Steem crypto-currency rewards for seven days. DTube uses decentralized storage powered by IPFS to store videos.

Video publishers are not the only users who earn money on DTube. Users who leave comments may earn money too.

Content creators may create accounts on DTube and upload videos to the service. DTube supports regular, and NSFW videos; the latter is hidden by default but can be unlocked with a click on the settings icon and the NSFW Videos > Show in the menu that opens when you do.

The service claims that there is no content moderation (manual or through algorithms) by the makers of the service and that users are in control by using the upvote/downvote functionality. The reliance on users to moderate content works right now. You don't find unpleasant videos showcased under trending or hot videos

What about downsides? There is not too much content on the video platform yet. While the situation improves with every passing month, content is nowhere near the level of YouTube or other popular video hosting sites.

Closing Words

DTube gets a lot of things right. It is a decentralized platform without censorship or algorithms that artificially change the rankings if videos. It is ad-free, but creators and users may still earn revenue when they interact with the service.

The main downside right now is that it lacks content. It offers a good selection of content in niche categories such as cryptocurrency but lacks content in other areas such as gaming, fitness, or music. You will find videos but not the sheer mass of content that is uploaded to YouTube every day.

Now You: Which video platform do you favor, and why?

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  1. Noir said on March 2, 2018 at 8:39 am
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    I’m slowly transitioning to BitChute. Watching any video there rather than on youtube if possible. Though it will take some time before YT really dies.

    1. jupe said on March 2, 2018 at 1:35 pm
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      I don’t think it will die, it may morph into something different though.

      1. iambigbrotheryourdataissafe said on March 4, 2018 at 11:28 pm
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        It already has morphed into something different. Youtube started out as way for users to share videos with the world but now it’s focus is making an advertiser friendly environment. Geo Blocking, Erroneous copyright violations, Top trending is always ad enabled videos. It’s already turned into Cable 2.0 with Youtube TV service with the typical pay extra for additional channels. Modern day Google is in bed with big media. I am surprised YouTube wasn’t forced to use widevine DRM yet.

    2. Stefan said on March 2, 2018 at 4:21 pm
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      I’m also moving to BitChute. It will definitely become the new Youtube. Most of the channels i watched on Youtube are on Bitchute.

      Gab.ai will replace Twitter.

    3. Darren said on March 2, 2018 at 10:37 pm
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      BitChute unfortunately uses Disqus. Tracking across many sites. Owned by a marketing company if I remember. Never will enable that domain.

    4. Darren said on March 2, 2018 at 10:37 pm
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      BitChute unfortunately uses Disqus. Tracking across many sites. Owned by a marketing company if I remember. Never will enable that domain (disqus) but prob wouldn’t miss the comments anyway.

  2. Tony said on March 2, 2018 at 8:46 am
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    Tried it. Only got audio. No video.

  3. AnorKnee Merce said on March 2, 2018 at 9:18 am
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    Similar to torrenting, P2P likely means DTube is using your unused Internet bandwidth and stored video files towards generating revenue, eg for coin-mining, email spamming services, etc.
    ……. The Holadotorg or Hola Better Internet browser add-on/extension for free VPN also uses P2P.

  4. AnorKnee Merce said on March 2, 2018 at 9:19 am
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    Similar to torrenting, P2P likely means DTube is using your unused Internet bandwidth and stored video files towards generating revenue, eg for coin-mining, email spamming services, etc.

    The Holadotorg or Hola Better Internet browser add-on/extension for free VPN also uses P2P.

    Beware.

  5. Franck said on March 2, 2018 at 11:36 am
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    Very promising, thanks for sharing !

  6. TelV said on March 2, 2018 at 12:19 pm
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    I noticed there are bottrackers available although I’m not quite sure what the intention is: https://steembottracker.com/

    The dropdown menu options don’t seem to work in any event.

    As for Dtube, some videos don’t seem to work with just the throbber spinning in the centre. I think they’ll have to sort that problem out first if they want to promote the site.

  7. Matt said on March 2, 2018 at 12:52 pm
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    I like Bitchute’s decentralized platform and think it’s going to be the next youtube.

  8. Kubrick said on March 2, 2018 at 1:19 pm
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    Google has enough resources to gobble all these alternatives up and spit out the bones.I dont see how comments like “this is going to be the next you-tube.” are going to occur.

    Nice to have alternatives of course but to take on google is somewhat immature.
    Why is there an assumption that you-tube is “dying”…?.With google backing i cannot see this happening.

    1. John Fenderson said on March 2, 2018 at 5:34 pm
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      @Kubrick: “Why is there an assumption that you-tube is “dying”…?”

      I think it depends on what you mean by “dying”. As a business? It’s probably not. However, from my point of view it’s already more than half dead in terms of usefulness. The YouTube of today is a pale shadow of what YouTube was just a few years ago in terms of providing the sort of content I enjoy watching.

    2. Steve N said on March 2, 2018 at 10:33 pm
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      You can’t gobble up and spit out a decentralized platform, it’s not a competing business playing by the same set of rules. As far as taking on youtube or google, How long did AOL rein supreme over the internet in EVERY WAY! They had a lock on stuff FAR more than Google does now, how’d that work out for them?

      1. John Fenderson said on March 5, 2018 at 6:56 pm
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        @Steve N: “You can’t gobble up and spit out a decentralized platform”

        Microsoft managed to do it with Skype.

    3. Anonymous said on March 3, 2018 at 6:55 pm
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      Paranoid privacy people say that

  9. Yuliya said on March 2, 2018 at 1:44 pm
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    YouTube is bad, and Google is evil (seriously), but something is better than nothing:
    [https://i.imgur.com/hVcJTiX.png]

    They’re not just worse, but straight up terrible! And YT can be made tolerable with a few entries in your content blocker of choice. Btw, VLC and MPV are capable of running YT videos by themselves, so you can also open the links from the search results straight into these players and they will play it:
    [https://i.imgur.com/9tBPLTQ.gif]

    I did this manually, but afaik you can automate this process with an extension called OpenWith for FireFox.

    1. Jessica said on March 2, 2018 at 3:51 pm
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      mpv doesn’t play it by itself, it needs youtube-dl.

    2. Albion Robertson Huxlexion-Rammsey said on March 3, 2018 at 10:09 pm
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      Didn’t know that. Thanks.

    3. Corporate Feudalism said on March 4, 2018 at 1:24 am
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      “YouTube is bad, and Google is evil” Youtube IS Google. iCloud also turns out to be hosted on Google’s servers. Google & Amazon control a massive chunk of the internet through their datacenters spread GLOBALLY. These datacenters are filtering internet traffic going through their proxies, collecting “metadata”. They are a loophole for espionage, besides making hundred of billions of dollars. We need international laws passed to stop all governments AND tech companies spying this way. Why is it legal for a corporation but illegal for an individual?

  10. Tom Hawack said on March 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm
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    Had a quick look.
    I set ‘uBlock Origin’ to accept minimum required for page & video rendering and left aside coinmarketcap.com as 3rd-party. I noticed limited video resolutions (are they all in 480 only?).
    I’ll have to spare time for a deeper look.

  11. Stefan said on March 2, 2018 at 4:19 pm
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    PragerU CEO Marissa Streit: “YouTube Censors Conservatives, So We’re Suing” : https://youtu.be/xqmeZiqwFuM

    Twitter Is Being Sued For Censorship : https://youtu.be/Dp-AKNTnFdk

    1. Mike W. said on March 3, 2018 at 12:51 am
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      YouTube and Twitter are private platforms/companies that are not obligated to allow whoever wants to, post videos to their platform. These lawsuits aren’t likely to go far, since I don’t see what legal basis the accusers have.

      1. Conservative said on March 4, 2018 at 7:01 am
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        Discrimination.

      2. Mike W. said on March 7, 2018 at 12:27 am
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        LOL, okay. If that is their argument, they probably won’t get far at all. All YouTube has to point out is that Conservative/right-wing opinions are allowed on their platform so long as the content of the videos does not conflict with their terms of service.

        This idea that YouTube/Twitter is actively looking to censor all right wing voices is absurd.

  12. john said on March 2, 2018 at 4:25 pm
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    yeah, ok, creators can earn money on it, but where does the money come from???

    1. Anonymous said on March 2, 2018 at 6:09 pm
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      “Streaming video, Resistant to censorship, Peer to peer, Seeder”, etc. Sounds like more for pirates than “creators” IMO.

  13. Anonymous said on March 2, 2018 at 6:09 pm
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    “Only the users can censor it, through the power of their upvotes and downvotes.” Let me laugh.

  14. tony said on March 2, 2018 at 10:21 pm
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    big issue for me is getting a Steemit login. filled out their form 3 times in the past 3 months and never heard back. never heard of bit shute and will check that out

  15. tony said on March 3, 2018 at 1:17 am
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    taking forever to get a steemit account

  16. Anonymous said on March 3, 2018 at 3:33 am
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    Maybe a cooparate with @Brave Software

  17. Pierre said on March 3, 2018 at 2:04 pm
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    There is absolutely nothing in it !

    1. Tom Hawack said on March 3, 2018 at 2:47 pm
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      @Pierre, that’s because either you’re using ‘uBlock Origin’ and haven’t authorized requirements and/or cookies are blocked : DTube, like a few other sites, requires cookies allowed.

    2. Tom Hawack said on March 3, 2018 at 3:08 pm
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      EDITing my post above :
      Cookies not required
      Required 3rd-party sites : api.steemit.com, ipfs.io, ipfs.infura.io

      Was nice to discover but I won’t use it : money, as perfume, is nicer when discreet; seeing all those $ is cheap, inelegant, bling-bling, flashy. And above all videos’ resolution seems fixed on 480p : there is the video resolution option between 480p and ‘Source’, but the latter looks more like 720p than 1080p … full-screen not really good. IMXHO (eXtra!) of course :=)

      1. Pierre said on March 3, 2018 at 3:37 pm
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        Thanks
        Anyway cookies are authorized
        Ublock desactivated doesn’t change anything, a priori
        I meant their video collection didn’t contain anything : for instance, there is practically nothing in classical music (my main center of interest in a video site !)
        And the rest is too complicated for me (money, etc)

      2. Tom Hawack said on March 3, 2018 at 3:51 pm
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        @Pierre, OK! When you wrote above “There is absolutely nothing in it !” (with a space before the ! as a good Frenchman, à priori!, I assumed literally! (no space before the ! in English) :)

        I’m not fond of that place either. Maybe are you and I too European :=)

      3. Pierre said on March 3, 2018 at 4:03 pm
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        lol
        It’s French too ‘absolutely nothing’ means : some things I need are missing
        “Il n’y a absolument rien” = il manque une chose ou deux (celles dont j’ai besoin)
        On the contrary :
        “il y a un certain nombre de choses” = “il y a tout”

      4. Tom Hawack said on March 3, 2018 at 4:28 pm
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        Be it in French or English I linger to conceive ‘absolutely nothing’ as ‘what I need is missing’ unless maybe to consider my references as universal, somewhat in correlation with ladies who complain about having nothing to wear when their wardrobe is full :=)

        I’m not saying this with you in mind, Pierre, only expressing thoughts as they come. I have absolutely nothing more to entertain you with!

        Vive la francophonie !

      5. Pierre said on March 3, 2018 at 4:37 pm
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        lol

  18. Kubrick said on March 3, 2018 at 5:15 pm
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    Doesnt work in palemoon browser at all.Just a white screen and thats it…Missing codecs maybe.?

  19. techman said on March 31, 2018 at 8:06 pm
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    I tried Dtube for a while but they only allow earnings for 7 days. DIY Tube Video site is like youtube crossed with dtube. It pays in crypto but they pay every month for your videos. And everyone can earn even by commenting. I am moving everything off YT and over to DIY Tube Videos

  20. Niraj said on April 2, 2018 at 8:21 am
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    I like IDTBox.com, the platform is more efficient the DTube i think. They have both rewards for uploaders and video viewers, and more features of video, fast upload, download. No censorship.

    IDTbox is financially backed with cryptomining and daily payout in choice of crypto currency. So my vote is for IDTBox.com best site.

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