Ever since the Ad-apocalypse struck YouTube, there are talks of a replacement platform going by the name of Floatplane coming to life and it seems the long wait has ended. Linus Tech Tips recently announced the launch date to be scheduled this Wednesday for the new video sharing platform on its iconic WAN Show.
Let’s take a dive in and learn more about floatplane and see how it came to be. After all, everyone loves an origin story
What is Floatplane
Floatplane may be a subscription-based video sharing and consumption platform that’s owned by Linus Sebastian, a famous tech YouTuber and therefore the founding father of Linus Media Group (LMG). The platform aims at providing content creators with a free reign to voice their opinions and host their content without the fear of getting their content demonetized.
The platform was developed when Linus realized the necessity for hosting his videos elsewhere than YouTube when Vessel, their preferred alternative, tanked during a matter of 10 months.
To gain access to Floatplane, you’ll got to pay a monthly fee of $2.99 either via your Debit/Credit card or Paypal (only works through their forum). This causes you to eligible for the following:
–DRM-Free downloads for members at up to 1080p
– High-quality streaming video at up to 1080p
– Ad-free service – No pre-roll and post-roll ads to suck up your bandwidth
– Exclusive member-only comments section through the LinusTechTips.com forum
– Early access – For now it’ll be similar to the Vessel experience (1 week), but the window COULD change, and I can almost guarantee there will be more simultaneous releases for time-sensitive projects than before.
– A dedicated website (this is being actively developed) with upgraded watch page and comments
– A sexier watch page & comments section
– Realtime chat to make it fun to grab a bag of popcorn and chat with other floatplane club members while viewing the latest releases
– 4k videos
Linus has time and again shown proof-of-concept of Floatplane through his WAN shows on YouTube and although the location remains a piece ongoing, it’s a significantly better Interface than YouTube.
Why the necessity For Floatplane
YouTube is perhaps the sole company under Alphabet that has equivalent brand recognition as Google and with good reason too. Used as a synonym for videos, Youtube needs no introduction. The platform is employed by a staggering amount of 1.3 Billion people with 300 hours of video uploaded thereto every minute.
Despite all the mind-boggling statistics, we don’t even know if the corporation has ever seen black. If Official statistics are any indication, while YouTube generates a $4 Billion revenue for Google annually (essentially converting into 6% of their total income), it costs $6.35 Billion to stay the platform up and running and with the corporate surrounded by scandals and disgruntled creators, Youtube is in dire got to set its house so as.
Ever since the entire PewdiePie scandal came to light, YouTube has been cracking down on all its content creators so as to make sure that the location remains ‘advertiser-friendly’. While many creators objected to YouTube’s shady policy of demonetizing their videos (who in their right minds demonetizes dog videos), people simply accepted it and moved on then we were struck by the Logan Paul fiasco.
Although we won’t be dwelling on details regarding the incident as an entire, Youtube ended up locking down their platform even further. They made it even difficult for little creators to monetize their videos or get paid from a once during a lifetime viral video and even everything seemed bleak, Floatplane swoops to the rescue.
Is Floatplane For Me?
If you’re someone who follows tech news then Floatplane may be a definite no-brainer. the corporation has plans of partnering up with other content creators, allowing you to look at diverse content. If tech media isn’t your primary source of consumption, you’ll prefer to wait a short time until the location comes out of Alpha and every one kink is ironed out.
Floatplane for Creators
Linus has time and again promised that Floatplane is going to be different from YouTube in terms of hosting content and serving ads. The platform will enable you to voice your opinions without the fear of getting your videos demonetized, a principle YouTube once adhered to in earlier times. Other creator oriented benefits are going to be made clear and updated once further information is out there
Tech YouTube channels have always been a distinct segment on YouTube. they typically tend to remain faraway from controversies but inadvertently also find yourself getting a smaller a part of the YouTube revenue pie.
Whether Floatplane is capable of handling traffic at such an outsized scale and cater to both viewers and creators is anyone’s guess but what we’re sure of is YouTube better beware, there’s a replacement sheriff in town.