Video Streaming Platforms

Video Streaming Platforms Overview

What are Video Streaming Platforms?

Video Streaming Platforms (also known as Online Video Platforms or Over-the-top Television Services) are managed end-to-end or bundled solutions that content creators, owners, and aggregators use to operate online video services.

Video Streaming Platforms should not be confused with Video hosting solutions like YouTube, for example. Whereas Video platforms focus on videos intended for social sharing, Video Streaming Platforms act as large-scale alternatives for entertainment and media companies looking to host their content such as TV shows, films, etc. online. Think platforms that give your company the ability to stream content as Hulu does for a variety of television networks. Examples of Video Streaming Platform providers include Disney Streaming Services, Comcast Technology Solutions, and Brightcove.

Features & Capabilities

A quality Video Streaming Platform should support the following:

  • Video content accessible from multiple types of devices, including those specifically designed for streaming services such as Amazon Fire sticks, Apple TVs, etc.
  • Apps particular to each type of device (website versions, mobile app versions, etc.)
  • Specific apps for users on TV (CTV)/Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), or those wishing to use your streaming service through a TV
  • Built-in subscription services for your customers/viewers
  • Support for video-on-demand, in cases where subscriptions are not desired

Video Streaming Platforms Comparison

When on the market for a Video Streaming Platform provider, consider the following tips:

  1. A Video Streaming Platform is a major investment, consider viable alternatives such as hosting and streaming your content on your own. It does require some work, which is the benefit of using Video Streaming Platforms as it reduces the labor on your end, but may be more affordable and more maneuverable in the long-term.
  2. If you're sure a Video Streaming Platform is right for you, still create a contingency plan in case workflows must be brought in-house after all. Look for a vendor that speaks to this scenario, and has documentation on how they can assist you with making the transition.
  3. Choose a Video Streaming Platform vendor with a focus on innovation and growing with the market. You want to make sure the software you choose for streaming your content can keep up with emerging trends in the space. You don't want consumers to be swayed towards content that is more accessible or simply more exciting otherwise.
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Pricing

The cheapest Video Streaming Platforms start at around $200 a month and typically require an annual contract. These plans may be more suitable for non-entertainment/media companies looking to host internal videos on a secure platform. Entertainment and media companies will see higher costs associated with their video streaming services, and those agreements typically reach into the thousands of dollars. Contracts in this category are largely contingent upon the size of your media library. Narrowing down the scope of your library, as well as how you want users to interact with your video, will help you first create your shortlist, and then investigate specific pricing packages for your use case with the vendors you chose.

Video Streaming Products

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Vimeo

Vimeo PRO is an enterprise video platform built to host and provide full high-definition videos with presentation customization and detailed reporting for users.

Key Features

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  • Video access controls (33)
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Brightcove Video

Brightcove Video is a video hosting and publishing solution. The company also provides a cloud media processing product called Zencoder.

Kaltura

Kaltura, headquartered in New York, offers enterprise or large scale video storage, streaming, and distribution supporting a variety of purposes such as streaming, enterprise video portal, interactive video and virtual classroom, or podcasting.

StreamShark Live Streaming Platform

StreamShark is a live streaming solution that provides options for large enterprises as well as individuals or businesses with small to medium requirements.

Dalet Flex (formerly Ooyala Flex)

The Dalet Flex (formerly Ooyala Flex Media Platform) aims to connect and power the entire content supply chain, from the initial pre-production through to distribution. It provides sophisticated workflow management, shared metadata infrastructure, and APIs to connect and orchestrate…

Vimeo Enterprise (Vimeo Livestream)

Vimeo Enterprise, based on technology acquired with Livestream in September 2017 is the company's HD livestreaming platform touting auto-archiving, simultaneous live streaming, secure sharing with password and domain-level security, and audience engagement (e.g. chat), with SLA available…

Arena Virtual and Hybrid Events

Arena is a virtual and hybrid events platform presented as simple, scalable, and customisable - everything that event organisers need.Each event on Arena is built around a set of Rooms: Lobby, Stage, Video Breakout, and Audio Breakout. Each room includes an interactive live video…

Muvi

Muvi headquartered in New York offers their OTT platform, allowing the user to launch a branded video/audio streaming service instantly.

Verizon Media Platform (formerly EdgeCast)

EdgeCast was a content delivery network (CDN), acquired by Verizon in 2013. It is now the foundation of the Verizon Media Platform, an integrated platform designed to support live events and related events, with security features (e.g. DDoS protection, application firewall, etc.…

Piksel Digital Enterprise

Piksel headquartered in the UK offers Digital Enteprise, a secure online video library management, distribution, and livestreaming platform for businesses.

Endeavor Streaming

Endeavor Streaming headquartered in Plainview offers premium video distribution for live and on-demand content across the entertainment and sports industries.

iStreamPlanet

iStreamPlanet headquartered in Seattle aims to revolutionize TV technology so customers can deliver the very best experience to the fan. They offer an end-to-end digital video workflow with the Aventus Media Processing Suite and the Orbis Direct To Consumer (DTC) Platform. Aventus…

Hive Enterprise Video Distribution

Hive Enterprise Video Distribution provides a video streaming solutions for live and on-demand enterprise video distribution. The Hive Enterprise Video Distribution solution is 100 % software based, can be centrally managed, and requires no additional hardware. The vendor states…

PrestoSports

PrestoSports is a software-as-a-service company providing technology to colleges and conference offices. Boasting more than 1,400 college athletic programs and 100 conferences as users, PrestoSports states they're dominant in the college athletics space. Backed by Battery Ventures,…

VIDIZMO

VIDIZMO provides enterprise video streaming, as well as digital media and evidence management solutions with AI-enabled features for specific use cases in cloud, on-premises and hybrid deployment models.

MobiTV

MOBITV is a white-label Pay TV streaming service from the company of the same name in Emeryville, serving Pay TV operators around the world.

BlueFrame

BlueFrame Technology is a digital video software and services company headquartered in Lexington, helping sports teams and organizations simply and cost-effectively create, manage, and distribute content to modern platforms.

Genius Sports

Genius Sports headquartered in London provides digital sports content, technology and integrity services, boasting users in over 150 countries worldwide, empowering sports to capture, manage and distribute their live data and video, driving their digital transformation and enhancing…

Qumu Enterprise Video as a Service (EVaaS)

Qumu's Enterprise Video as a Service (EVaaS) platform aims to enable global organizations to reach large and remote audiences while maintaining video quality and uptime. Thru the use of edge devices and transcoded video streams, viewers experience a broadcast that is maximized to…

StageIt

StageIt, from the company of the same name in Hollywood, is a web-based video streaming tool that supports artist, performer, and creator monetization.

Baaz

Online shopping has been fairly boring with pics & texts alone, which is quite a pre-2006 era thing. The vendor aims to enable shopping to have the personal touch of offline, along with the scale and reach of online. While doing this can feel inefficient and broken, Baaz aims…

AnyClip: The Visual Intelligence Company

AnyClip's software solutions leverage Artificial Intelligence technology to analyze video content in real-time, enabling publishers, media owners, and brands to maximize the reach of their videos. The Luminous Video Platform offers media companies four, data-powered video player…

Kiswe Studio

Kiswe’s video production solution, Kiswe Studio, uses cloud-based technology to transform the way live games and events are professionally produced and broadcasted. By using remote commentators and crew, Kiswe Studio helps media and sports rights holders scale broadcasts into…

Spalk

Spalk, headquartered in New York, aims to unlock access to alternative commentary for sports streaming providers, broadcasters and teams by synchronising audio commentary from fans, athletes and influencers anywhere in the world with the live game video.

GV Alyve

GV Alyve is a cloud-based video stream selection and distribution platform, from Grass Valley in Quebec. It aims to empower broadcasters and media organizations to manage video streaming selection across all major social media platforms and OTT applications. GV Alyve’s SaaS platform…

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Video Streaming Platforms?

Video Streaming Platforms (also known as Online Video Platforms or Over-the-top Television Services) are managed end-to-end or bundled solutions that content creators, owners, and aggregators use to operate online video services. Examples of Video Streaming Platform providers include Disney Streaming Services, Comcast Technology Solutions, and Brightcove.

What tasks associated with streaming my content do Video Streaming Platforms manage for me?

Video Streaming Platforms develop, aggregate, and administer technologies to maintain online video services. These operations include, but are not limited to: data ingestion, storage, transcoding, playout, security, monetization, analytics, delivery, advertising, recommendation, and playback.

What types of Video Streaming Platforms are there?

Vendors offering video streaming services can be split into three main categories. First are the companies born from internal technology initiatives within well-known M&E conglomerates, deemed successful enough to sell externally. This includes Comcast Technology Solutions, Disney Streaming Services, Endeavor Streaming, and Verizon Media. The second is comprised of long-established players that developed standards for video streaming solutions configuring the current market. These are Brightcove, Kaltura, and Piksel, among others. The final category is smaller, specialized, regionally-centered vendors. They provide the technologies and infrastructure powering video streaming. Larger technology vendors are absent from this space.