services · March 22, 2021 0

PeerTube – a free, decentralized, federated video platform

40two.tube – a PeerTube instance filled with CC documentaries

Fed-up with YouTube’s endless stream of ill-targeted advertisements and the Rabbit Hole called ‘recommendation algorithm’?

Read on about an alternative video platform on the Fediverse called PeerTube.

Wait. Video platform? Fediverse?

Think of YouTube; a large collection of videos that you can search and browse by tag, popularity or channel. Users, uploads, subscriptions and channels, likes and comments. A player with all the controls to watch those videos in your browser.

YouTube offers all that, for free. All you have to do in return is watch endless advertisements, have your metadata stored and profiled and rely on Google’s opaque rules on acceptable content and classification.

You can use something like invidious to get rid of tracking and ads but still, one single company decides what videos are acceptable, which ones are promoted to whom and worst of all, what videos or channels can suddenly be removed.

PeerTube

PeerTube is an Open Source video platform that you can self-host so you can build an alternative to YouTube, where you decide how to moderate, what acceptable user policies are and what content to allow.

No ads, no trackers, recommendations based on tags and descriptions rather than search history and a responsive, lightweight player that equals, if not surpasses the YouTube experience.  

We interrupt this long post with a short video “What is PeerTube?”. Worth it for the French accent alone.

PeerTube is federated with other instances on the Fediverse, meaning that just like with email and telephone it does not matter where you subscribe; you can search, watch, subscribe and comment across the entire network.

Suddenly those hundreds of mini-YouTubes become something useful; with fresh content every visit and searches returning more than those same 4 videos.

PeerTube streams video to any modern browser using p2p technology meaning that as long as you are viewing a video, others viewing that same video will share it with you. This reduces the load on any one instance, which in turn means your server will not die in a smoking heap if a video hits Reddit.

Why not give it a try? Use the list of public instances to browse for any instance by category, video count or popularity. Or better yet, grow the Fediverse and host your own!

40two.tube

I set up my own PeerTube instance at 40two.tube and collected (mostly) privacy and technology related documentaries published under a form of the Creative Commons license, or donated to the Public Domain.

It also federates with PrivacyTools and Privacy International, ensuring fresh, privacy related content near-daily.  

There’s no registration and no uploads since I am World’s Worst Moderator, but access is free.

And ofcourse, if you don’t like the way I set it up, you can always pick another instance or spin up your own.