Peertube (Video Sharing)


If you use the Internet, you are surely familiar with video sharing. Sites like YouTube and Vimeo are the biggest examples. They are highly-popular, particularly with the mass market for camera phones and smartphones increasing the supply of user-generated videos.

  • Traditional methods of personal video distribution, such as making a DVD to show to friends at home, are unsuited to the high volume of camera phone clips.
  • In contrast, current broadband Internet connections are well suited to serving video shot on mobile phones.
  • Since most people do not operate web servers (as this requires a specific knowledge of how to do this), video content hosting has become a high-demand offering.
  • The popularity of such video sharing platforms has spawned massive organizations presenting platforms on which people and businesses can share their videos.
  • Most of these platforms have built a business model around tracking video consumption interests and statistics, and using this data for marketing purposes or selling it to organizations for (big) data analysis.
  • They can do so because the platform forms the central hub (in a hub and spoke model) where video producers reach video consumers by using this platform to connect.

What makes our solution different?

ThreeFold advocates that video sharing can exist without a central platform (and organization) in the middle. You as a producer or consumer can create your own facility to share videos. There is open source software available to do so.

Open Source Solution: PeerTube

  • ThreeFold endorses PeerTube's decentralized implementation of a video sharing platform. The open source project has a roadmap that is ambitious and needs support. Please help us to help PeerTube.
  • PeerTube is a free and open source video platform that was officially launched on October 11, 2018, and is intended to offer an alternative to platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, and Dailymotion.
  • Similar to the open source Twitter alternative Mastodon, PeerTube is decentralized, meaning that it is not hosted by a single person, company, or server.
  • Because it is open source, anyone can make their own “instance” of PeerTube, which has its own appearance, account management, moderation policy, and so on.
  • Instances can also come together to form Federations, essentially several instances that agree on the same broadcast conditions and share videos between them.
  • Each video is stored by the instance that published it, but can be viewed by other instances in the Federation. In turn, Federations are distinct and independent from one another.

PeerTube - Want to join now?

Here is the official join PeerTube page, so you can read all the details.

Deploy your own YouTube, super powerful & decentralized

Unique characteristics of the platform:

  • PeerTube aspires to be a decentralized and free/libre alternative to video broadcasting services. The TF Grid present a fantastic fabric of compute and storage capabilities for this distributed and federated platform.
  • It is a network of inter-connected small videos hosters
  • An open-source, free/libre license code
  • Deploying PeerTube on the TF Grid is a one-click solution and will get you a private instance on which to host your videos
  • The TF Grid is a federation of people and companies that believe the Internet should be put back in the hands of people, not large monopolies currently dominating the landscape. Direct contact with a human-scale hoster (which ThreeFold calls farmers) allows for two things: you no longer are the client of a huge tech company, and you can nurture a special relationship with your hoster (farmer), who distributes your data
  • The PeerTube software can, whenever necessary, use a peer-to-peer (P2P protocol to broadcast viral videos, lowering the load of their hosts

    Help PeerTube, as they are fundraising. With little, they can make this software even much better than it is today.

How to Deploy

Please visit the Marketplace Wiki to find instructions!

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