Video hosting provider for commercial content - who is the best


I am looking to host some video for our startup. We will be recording screencasts, interviews, and a range of things. We would therefore like to be able to host video at a decent resolution, and some of the videos will be up to an hour in length.

I notice that Vimeo doesn't allow commercial content. Viddler looks ideal but we would prefer something cheaper if it exists.

Does anybody know of a good solution?

Thanks in advance!

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asked Feb 11 '10 at 11:26
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2 Answers


I have the same problem right now.
The solution the highest on my list is buying a commercial license from FlowPlayer and then put my videos on Amazon CloudFront or S3.
The cost for flowplayer for a one-domain license would be 95USD and 0.150 USD for one GB data transfer would go to Amazon.
The great thing with this solution is, that you don't have tiered pricing, so you only pay for what you need.
A problem with this solution of course is, that you don't get analytics.

answered Feb 12 '10 at 04:12
Chris Boesing
131 points


If you're a bit technical, have a PHP server, and have enough bandwidth, you can host the videos yourself and save some cash. link text has a php "http streaming" solution (one can argue whether this is a technically correct term, but it does work) that allows you to support a variety of video formats, including flash videos (fla's).

Fla's encoded with meta information can support progressive downloads - which gives two benefits:

  • you don't download the entire file for every viewer request (saves bandwidth)
  • the viewer can move the player forward at will (helpful in long videos - can select 30 minutes into a 1 hour movie without problems)

Downside is that you don't have the video in a video social network, so others cannot discover it.

Good luck!

answered Feb 12 '10 at 04:17
Jim Galley
9,952 points
  • Thanks for the comment. I should have mentioned that I don't want to roll-my-own. Partly because our audience is quite evenly distributed over the world (so we would need some kind of CDN). I also like the idea of using a professional video service provider because as the provider increments their service, we get more features. If I set up my own solution, chances are that I would never want to look at improving it. Still, thanks for the links. – Ev. 14 years ago

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