It’s hard to imagine a world without videos. Over the last decade, videos have come to dominate the Internet and that trend doesn’t appear to be reversing anytime soon.
In fact, it is estimated that the average US adult spends around 5.5 hours per day watching video content. Is this statistic surprising to you? Probably not. If you were to check your browser history for the last few days, you can almost guarantee that you will see YouTube, Netflix, or Twitch, in it.
Even if you don’t actively search for videos, your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat feeds are full of them.
With 2017 halfway finished, here are 5 video sites that continue to dominate the video market.
You would be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn’t know what YouTube is. Originally founded in February 2005, YouTube has become the dominate video sharing platform on the Internet.
Google originally acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion in 2006, but that purchase has paid dividends as the video sharing platform is a behemoth.
Here are a few mind-blowing YouTube statistics:
- 5 billion videos are watched on YouTube daily
- YouTube boasts 1.3 billion users
- The website receives over 30 million visitors daily
- 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
- Mobile YouTube views account for 1 billion daily views
- The average YouTube user spends more than 40 minutes on the platform
It isn’t hard to understand why YouTube is so dominant in the world of video sharing and it seems unlikely that they will be dethroned anytime soon.
While Netflix isn’t like other traditional video sharing websites, it still captures a large percentage of total daily video views.
In 2017, Netflix has around 103.95 million paying subscribers, 51.92 of which are from the United States.
In 2015, Netflix users watched 42.5 billion hours of media. In that same year, the average user spent 1 hour and 33 minutes per day streaming content.
These numbers may seem less impressive than YouTube, but you have to remember that Netflix requires a paid subscription and the company has managed strong growth year over year.
Non-gamers likely won’t recognize Twitch.tv. Still, this live-streaming platform is the place to stream if you are a gamer.
In 2014, Amazon purchased Twitch for $1 billion in cash. Since then, Twitch has continued to grow, is a mainstay in e-sports, and with the failure of YouTube Gaming, it appears that Twitch is going nowhere.
Twitch at a glance:
- 100 million monthly unique visits
- 10 million daily active users
- 2.2 million monthly broadcasters
- 35% of users view on mobile
- 4 billion hours have been streamed on Twitch
- Twitch users spend an average of 1 hour and 46 minutes on the platform daily
Vimeo has yet to overthrow YouTube, but it is still a respectable video sharing platform in its own right. Many people credit Vimeo for having a more mature and tightknit community.
Vimeo at a glance:
- 280 million monthly viewers
- 35 million members
- 715 million monthly views
5. Daily Motion
Like Vimeo, Daily Motion is another video sharing website that is desperately trying to steal market share from YouTube.
Because Daily Motion has a smaller community, many consider it to have a more robust selection of quality content. Of course, this is highly subjective and you may not like what you find on Daily Motion.
Daily Motion at a glance:
- 300 million users
- 137 million monthly unique desktop viewers
- 54 million monthly unique mobile users
- 3.5 billion monthly video views
- 180 million monthly gaming video views
Becoming a content creator has never been easier with so many great video sharing options available. Today, the hardest thing to decide is what platform to use and what type of content you want to produce.