20 Best Platforms to Start A Streaming Service

Streamers like Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video changed the media distribution landscape. Through streaming services, audiences can easily find great video content in the comfort of their own homes. However, with these changes, there are also shifts in how the media industry gets paid. Royalties and residuals have dwindled down and been split, in favor of these tech companies. For smaller media producers and studios, why depend on these streamers when they could easily build their own streaming services for their own content? Below, we list the best platforms to start one.

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From the company Backlight, Zype is an all-around global streaming platform creator. Through the service, content distributors can create full-scale streaming websites, applications, channels, and programs to showcase their videos globally. The service allows users to maximize their profits through data analytics and hybrid monetization plans, including ads, subscriptions, and transactions. The developer-friendly APIs allow users to completely customize the platforms they create. While the exact prices aren’t available, pricing plans vary based on integrations with social media, third-party user authentications, and available consumer metadata. Users can also request a demo for the service.

From Spanish-based Optiva Media, XStream is a quick and easy solution for linear TV channels and video-on-demand platforms. Through the service, content distributors and TV broadcasters can build seamless platform applications from scratch or improve upon already existing ones that match their business model and customers’ needs. Like other platforms, they do video-on-demand, but XStream also creates platforms for broadcasters with multiple live TV channels. XStream creates platforms viewable on multiple types of devices, including websites, mobile, TV, and gaming console applications, due to its wide tech stack. Distributors can contact Optiva Media for details on pricing plans.

Wowza is a video platform creator that works for both live streaming and video on-demand. For people with coding knowledge, as well as bigger businesses who already have a coding department, Wowza is a good choice for video hosting, since the service can be fully customizable via Wowza’s builder-focused API. Users concerned with video quality can rely on the service’s global content delivery network to showcase videos at a good quality, adjusting to their viewer’s screens with adaptive bit-rate streaming. Users can host their videos on cloud-based services like most other platforms, but they also offer on-premise and hybrid hosting. Available pricing plans offer pay-as-you-go and one-time streaming options, but businesses with a wider content library and/or larger audiences can request for a custom plan through the site.

VPlayed is a self-hosted streaming platform meant for broadcasting and content distribution. Individuals and businesses can use the service to create their own OTT platforms, including video on demand, live streaming, and white-label video platforms. The service is 100% customizable, so the service can adjust to any type of content, including broadcasting, education, religion, sports, entertainment, and of course, film. The site hosts the content via end-to-end encryptions, so that content can be protected against piracy. The service also has flexible monetization plans, meaning content hosters can earn money through subscriptions, pay-per-view, and/or advertising. However, because of the customizable plans, pricing for users depends on the user’s platform requirements.

If you want to run the same tech stack as the prestigious Criterion Collection, you’ll have to talk to Vimeo OTT. They offer web as well as smart TV apps for competitive prices, but there is a catch: there are very limited changes you can make to the interface. On the flipside, you will get access to Vimeo’s strong infrastructure, so forget about lag or technical issues with your streaming partner. You can subscribe either to a monthly fee calculated on how many users you have (starting at $1/month/user but with limited bandwidth), or you can subscribe with a fixed fee. The smart TV apps also come at an additional one-time cost (about $6,000 each when last contacted).

For video content, Vidizmo offers two solutions. In the United States, Vidizmo is known for its digital evidence management solution for law enforcement, however, they also offer a YouTube-like platform service called EnterpriseTube. Through EnterpriseTube, content distributors can manage their video library via a white-label video platform and allow viewers to stream their content securely around the world. This content can include video-on-demand or live-streamed events. Currently, there are three pricing plans available on the website, which differ between the number of authorized users, moderators, contributors, and size of content, but studios with extensive libraries should contact the site directly.

Uscreen is a distribution platform for creators specializing in video content. For filmmakers who are also online personalities or who work with them, Uscreen is an all-in-one space designed to find and keep your audience. Through their secure platform, creators can upload their existing video catalog and organize their content into playlists. They can then choose between different pricing plans and marketing tools that would best promote their content. Once chosen, Uscreen ensures easy discovery and longer watch times through its intuitive interface that’s similar to the Netflix homepage. Fans of the work can be reminded of new content as well as live-streaming schedules through in-app notifications. Creators can then take advantage of the back-end dashboard, analytics, and integrations with other marketing sites to determine what their audience wants to see more of.

Streann is a global OTT platform creator. Through the SaaS platform, content distributors can create a white-label video portal website alongside its corresponding mobile and TV applications. Distributors can create flexible subscriptions for their viewers, which suits companies with more niche content. Streann’s service is open to all types of media, including AR/VR, however, its multi-camera live-streaming option makes it a good choice for top sports events around the world. Additionally, they have worked with some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Sony Pictures, A24, and Universal. Pricing plans are not available to the public, but distributors can request a quotation based on what they’re looking for.

StreamYard is a live streaming service available on any internet browser. Through the website, users can host a stable and consistent live stream on multiple social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, and LinkedIn without having to download a desktop or mobile application. Users can invite multiple guests for interviews and feature their viewers’ comments on-screen. Streamers can start using the service for free, though paid pricing plans include useful features such as unlimited streaming, increased storage, more seats, and more streaming destinations. Within the film industry, this service would fit best with film festival organizers and distributors looking to host their film openings online.

Oxagile is a software development service that specializes in multi-platform video streaming solutions. Through the service, content owners can expand their viewership through creating multiple avenues to stream content including websites, mobile and TV applications, as well as set-top boxes. The service eases platform maintenance and increases revenue by automating workflows, allowing different monetization plans, and analyzing audience data. The software vendor has delivered these solutions across multiple industries. No pricing plans are available on the website, but interested distributors can set up a sales meeting with the company to explore options.

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