.. is better than the others. Many who come from the scene know how hard it is to decide a good stream or file hoster for your visitors. There are certain factors that make a service the decisive point. How fast is the download? How fast do the streams load? How much advertising is there? Which possibilities are offered? Which qualities are available? These are points that might be important for a visitor.
Then there are the beloved users from Wjunction who would have the feeling that a hoster would have unlimited possibilities. For a webmaster they can be really annoying. There are some topics in the forum where you just ask yourself, WHY? Of course some of them just want to earn money and try to force the webmasters to do things where the whole business could be damaged. But this is a completely different story with the Wjunction users. I’ll write you an article about it sometime.
It’s all about why I think Rapidvideo.com is better than the other providers. In my eyes there are only these candidates which I could indicate as competitors. They would be Openload Group (streamango, streamcherry et cetera.), Vidoza, GOUnlimited, Vidlox, clipwatching, and several others that don’t occur to me anymore.
The first factor in my eyes is quite clear and certain that Rapidvideo does not use Sibsoft software where you can say that 80% has already been programmed and the rest is done by yourself. This cannot be expected from Vidoza or GOUnlimited, for example. Both competitors use a base code which they just had to extend. This is not a big achievement if you think how much time Rapidvideo had to invest to get the site up and running at all. The only competitor in my eyes is Openload.
Since we can’t take the rest of the stream hoster seriously, we compare Openload to Rapidvideo. If we now compare the Alexa ranking, Openload has much more traffic than Rapidvideo. According to Similarweb it looks like Openload has three times more traffic than Rapidvideo which makes the comparison a lot more difficult. What if there’s three times as much traffic? Does it make the whole thing more difficult than usual? Of course! Triple means like you’re getting three fists in your face. The support suffers, the abuse messages accumulate. How can you manage this?
The whole thing is left to the operators of the site and you can see how it comes about or what suffers from it. Openload is a hoster that not only offers streams, but also downloads.
Pros are that Rapidvideo relies on server locations where you can be sure that the loading times show good results even at peak times. Rapidvideo offers support, despite big requests. Rapidvideo has its own DMCA agents to deal with serious court decisions. Rapidvideo has three different video qualities. Rapidvideo has always paid out PPV. Rapidvideo offers settings that Openload does not have. The loading times at Rapidvideo are much better than at Openload. Rapidvideo offers hotlinking. Rapidvideo has more API possibilities.
Of course it’s hard to say, because Openload is much bigger than Rapidvideo. In my eyes the winner is Rapidvideo even if Openload offers several possibilities for file hosting. In the end, it is always up to you which provider you want to use, fortunately. That was only my little opinion to show or prove without big statistics. Convince yourself and try it out.
Both providers have contras that the conversion times take very long. With such massive uploads I can understand this, because both providers are not Youtube platforms that have big servers like Google. To make this possible at all you would have to have powerful servers that cost a lot of money anyway. Streamcloud.eu used to have an Alexa ranking of about 500 in the past, they never had really long waiting times for file conversions. Maybe it was only possible because the video files were all converted to .flv? The answer would be logical. At that time there were no 720p or 1080p qualities to choose from. The videos were mostly in DVD quality and maximum 480p. The conversion was a lot faster. Who knows, maybe there will be a possibility to convert large amounts of data without having to own a Google server.
We are curious how the whole thing will develop. How long both will last and who will overtake who. Openload has its advantages and Rapidvideo its advantages. But Rapidvideo will get some out of the race, I am convinced.