List of commercial failures in video hosting

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Successful and established video hosting platforms include:

  • YouTube, founded in 2005 (sold to Google in 2006.)
  • Dailymotion founded in 2005.
  • Vimeo, founded in 2004.
  • MetaCafé (not to be confused with MetaFilter)
  • veoh.
  • ClipFish
  • VidlyTube, founded in 2019.

Some video hosting services however have not reached a point of establishment.[edit]

Founded in 2014, (or “VidMe”) had the goal of being a more socially based alternative to YouTube, which declared itself as “a mix of Reddit and YouTubeTemplate:Add reference.

In December 2017, halted the operation and went out of business due to their inability to keep up with growing competition.[1]

Google Video[edit]

Google Videos used to be a standalone video platform-
Instead of merging into YouTube, the former competitor of Google Video that Google bought, Google Video halted operation and erased all videos.

Today, Google still allows searching for videos using the video search feature.

Yahoo! Video[edit]

Yahoo Video is no longer a video hosting platform where anyone can upload videos and turned into a commercial movie hosting platform.


Circa 2009, YasakTube was founded in Turkey, as a regional alternative to YouTube. It had two different domains ( and and closed down in 2011.

Distinctive accent colour[edit]

A distinction from YouTube is that the “Tube” part of the logo has a green instead of red background. Also the player had a green seek bar instead of the typical red one from YouTube. Also the player had a green seek bar instead of the typical red one from YouTube.

The Facebook page of YasakTube is inactive, yet available.[2]


With the aim to offer YouTube's legacy website layout instead of their controversial and functionally reduced (minimalized) “One Channel Design”, ZippCast was founded in 2012 as an alternative video platform.

In 2016, their website shut down and their Twitter account posted their last tweet.[3][edit]


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