Odysee Video Platform
The best YouTube alternative.
I enjoy watching content on YouTube. However, in the last few years, the platform has become oversaturated with a lot of rubbish. Don’t get me wrong, there is some great content on the platform. I just feel like they promote the wrong sort of creator, the ‘influencer’.
I have looked into multiple YouTube alternatives, some are better than others, but the best one that I have found so far is a site called Odysee.
Odysee was launched in July 2020, by the creators of LBRY, Inc., Jeremy Kauffman and Jimmy Kiselak. The platform is still very new and has grown at a substantial rate since its launch. A lot of this growth is attributed to YouTube’s continued censorship as well as the decline in ad revenue paid to creators.
If you are a YouTube creator and are thinking that you do not have the time to upload all your content to another platform. Odysee allows you to sync your YouTube channel. Even if you decide to delete your YouTube channel later on, your videos will remain on Odysee.
Another benefit of Odysee over YouTube is that creators are rewarded from the start, unlike on YouTube where you need 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time. The downside is that earnings come in the form of a cryptocurrency called LBC. Indeed, this may put some people off because not everyone (including me) fully understands cryptocurrency.
Creators make money on Odysee by viewing content, referring users, through tipping, in chats or live streams. Creators can also post free or paid content. The LBC can then be exchanged via a Crypto Exchange. Creators can also now receive tips which are paid via Stripe.
Another positive thing about Odysee is that creators can publish other content, not just videos. You can publish articles, blog posts, images, audio files and e-books to name but a few. If you wish to grow a following, Odysee allows you to have all your creative content in one place.
Odysee prohibits content including pornography and promotion of violence or terrorism.
There are pros and cons to everything and Odysee will not be the best choice for all creators and viewers. Indeed, some die-hard YouTubers will remain with the platform. However, there is no harm in diversifying and it is not always wise to put all your eggs in one basket (look at what happened to Shane Dawson). As YouTube censorship continues to be tightened and monetization reduced, more and more creators will be looking for alternatives and at the moment, Odysee is the front runner.