Patreon is creating native video hosting for creators to rip YouTube

Patreon is building a video hosting solution and a native player. CEO Jack Conte confirmed the project The Virgin, along with the news that he joins many executives before him to launch a podcast called The economy of the creator.

“We’re already hosting podcasts, and now we’re also starting to host videos,” he says. “We’re building a video product … So in terms of how we’ve come up with our strategy and what exactly we’re building, we’re building horizontal architecture for any creator, regardless of their medium, or no matter the upload format, to be able to build a business around your work ”.

Conte didn’t share more details about the product, but it’s presumably a way for creators to host and share videos without leaving the platform. It is still unclear when it could be launched or to what extent it would be deployed. We have contacted a spokesperson for more context and will update you if we hear.

Still, Conte’s recognition of the goal and progress in allowing creators to natively host their videos on Patreon could allow more people to avoid YouTube, or at least not trust it as much. The company also maintains an integration with Vimeo that could be less important as this feature is launched. Of course, the idea of ​​a company launching its own native video product in 2021 seems bold, but it speaks to the wider discontent that is taking place over YouTube’s domain and Patreon’s own interest in becoming fully self-sufficient. .

The timing of the announcement is especially interesting because the Conte podcast focuses on the more technical side of the creators. Conte will not be interviewing the creators of Patreon, but people who are building and funding tools to use them, such as Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and Li Jin, founder and managing partner of Atelier. Conte says the idea is to put Patreon’s name next to these people and share his vision of the world of creators.

“We want to attract to Patreon the most amazing, advanced and curious people they are building for the creator’s economy,” he says. “We want these people to hear how we think about the world, our vision, what we want to build, what we believe in and who we are.”

The show will be ad-free and free access to all platforms (there are no Patreon-funded levels) and will be released seasonally with 12 episodes planned.

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