The primary reason that video sharing websites can’t seriously compete with Youtube comes down to resources.
The way that the business model for the current batch of video-sharing platforms operate is that the more users that access the website (whether that be to upload videos or simply to view/comment), the more server space the company needs to purchase. Considering YouTube is owned by Google, its resources are essentially unlimited.
Despite YouTube’s current status as the most popular video-sharing platform, there are several aspects of the way the website runs its operations that often rile elements within the YouTube community.
One of these is the YouTube strike system, which issues content creators with “strikes” to indicate that a user has reported one of their videos. In many cases, YouTube doesn’t review the videos that get reported, showing a lack of concern for the legitimacy of the report – and this often results in videos being removed simply because they receive a high number of reports.
It is at this moment in time that BitChute enters the marketplace.
BitChute is a new video-sharing platform that operates using peer-to-peer technology, as opposed to the centralised servers being used by YouTube. This allows it to scale up its service automatically as its user base grows.
An example of the peer-to-peer model being used to scale up online is the creation of Skype in 2003. By 2012, Skype, the first Internet telephony application to use peer-to-peer technology, had carved out a market share of more than 30%.
Not only does BitChute use different technology, its principles are clearly outlined in its FAQ, in which it is revealed that the website’s existence is in response to YouTube’s failure to cater to independent content creators.
“Here we believe people should be able to express their opinions and choose their topics. If existing services cannot allow that, then let's make some that will. The question is, how to disrupt a platform as well established as YouTube? It cannot be on their terms; we think we might have an answer, decentralisation by torrents and tailored match-ups for monetisation,” it states in the FAQ section of BitChute.
At present, BitChute is still very much in the beta stage and users cannot automatically register their own video channels. However, the site is worth a visit as it could well represent the future of online video sharing.