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Comparing The 5 Best OTT Platforms for 2022 (Features Included) 04 January 2022

 

 

Did you know that the OTT market is forecasted to be worth $1.039 trillion by 2027? So, If you’re thinking of joining this global OTT league of video streaming entrepreneurs, you are on the right track. This blog will guide you with all the information you need to choose the best OTT platform provider for your video streaming website/apps and list out the best OTT platforms for 2022 including features, limitations and pricing.

 

What are OTT Platforms?

OTT or ‘over the top’ is a form of media distribution that uses the internet to stream audio/video content bypassing traditional methods like cable or satellite television to an audience. 

 

Both VoD and live streaming are a part of the OTT delivery model because to watch such kind of content one just has to have access to the internet instead of relying on traditional services like cable TV or satellite. So, while OTT refers to the content distribution model, VoD stands for the content consumption model.

 

An OTT streaming platform or service is a website or app that offers streaming content to viewers who can access their favorite programs and movies by paying a fee. These services are accessible on all sorts of internet-enabled devices, including smart TVs, gaming consoles, laptops, desktops, smartphones, and tablets.

 

Point to note- OTT streaming services limit access to paying viewers.

 

Here are some examples of popular OTT services and platforms:

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime Video
  • Disney+
  • Apple TV+
  • Hulu
  • Hotstar
  • HBO Max

If you want more details on the difference between OTT and VOD, read our blog, What is VoD (Video on Demand) Streaming & How it Works: Detailed Guide.

 

Features of a Best-in-Class OTT Platform

 

The next question when it comes to selecting a professional OTT platform is what features is the platform service offering? For instance, Muvi includes features necessary to build your video business from start to finish, including: 

 

  • Multiple monetization options
  • Cloud encoding and transcoding
  • Live streaming functionality
  • White label streaming
  • Completely customizable platform
  • Adaptive bitrate streaming
  • Video security including AES encryption, watermarking, DRM
  • Dedicated round the clock support system
  • Dedicated account managers for premium customers
  • Maximum scalability for content optimization
  • Cross platform and device support
  • OTT app support across multiple ecosystems including TV apps and gaming consoles
  • Top tier CDN services

Also Read: Prerequisites for Launching an OTT App

 

Best OTT Platforms for 2022

Let’s take a look at the top 10 OTT Platforms for 2022 for making your video streaming journey easier.

Muvi

Muvi OTT

Muvi is an all-inclusive OTT platform provider with both VoD and live streaming solutions. It is a feature-rich, end-to-end cloud video platform that offers a variety of advanced features like cloud encoding, low latency streaming, top-tier delivery, video security, and multi-device playback that enables enterprises to launch a VoD or live streaming platform instantly. No coding required!

One of the key features that sets Muvi apart from its competitors is its highly customizable video platform that enables professional organizations to launch their own OTT channel without any prior knowledge of coding. With Muvi, it’s easy to launch a multi-screen white-label video streaming website and apps for mobile devices, connected TVs and gaming consoles. 

Its built-in multiple monetization options are a special attraction for enterprises who want to monetize their content by opting from its varied content monetization models including PPV, subscriptions, AVoD and crowdfunding. Despite the online video platform being loaded with high-end features, Muvi offers competitive pricing policies.

Special mention needs to be made about Muvi’s 24X7 white glove support system ensuring our customers have absolutely no hiccups while launching their OTT website and apps.

 

Features of Muvi’s VoD Platform

Muvi has a plethora of advanced video streaming features that empowers content creators to create professional-grade broadcasts including:

 

 

Muvi Pricing

Muvi has multiple pricing tiers for organizations with different sizes and budgets: 

  • Standard: $399 per month (includes 1TB of bandwidth and 1TB of storage and 2000 concurrent viewers)
  • Professional: $1,499 per month (includes 2TB of bandwidth and 2TB of storage, 10000 concurrent viewers, AI-based recommendation engine, SLA-based support)
  • Enterprise: $3,900 per month (includes 5TB of bandwidth and 5TB of storage, 50,000 concurrent viewers, a dedicated server with auto-scaling, premium support with dedicated account manager)
  • Ultimate: $8,900 per month (includes 10TB of bandwidth and 10TB of storage, unlimited concurrent viewers plus all the features of the Enterprise plan and unlimited API calls)
  • Black: A custom solution that includes everything in Muvi Ultimate coupled with premium consulting services

 

IBM Cloud Video

IBM Cloud Video 2

IBM Cloud Video is a worthy competitor in our list of OTT platforms. The streaming service is packed with features like Video hosting, transcoding, and live streaming required for creating a professional online video platform. The cloud video platform has robust built-in features from encoding, analytics, security to delivering AI-based automated speech to text. The OTT streaming service is designed for large organizations and enterprises.

 

Features of IBM’s VoD Platform:

  • Video encoding at multiple bitrates 
  • Adaptive video player
  • VoD hosting and live streaming
  • High-end security features
  • AI-powered captioning services
  • Video analytics 
  • Round-the-clock support system
  • Video monetization including ad-based and subscriptions 

 

Limitations

  • Does not support multiple monetization models
  • No built-in SSL secure paywall

 

Pricing Plans

IBM Video Cloud has a 4-Tier Pricing plan:

  • Silver – $99 per month (includes 1 TB of video storage and 100 viewer hours)
  • Gold – $499 per month (includes 2 TB of video storage and 2000 viewer hours)
  • Platinum – $999/month (includes 5TB of video storage and 5000 viewer hours)
  • Custom – This is a custom solution and one has to contact IBM Cloud video for the quotation.

 

Brightcove

Brightcove OTT

Brightcove is one of the leading OTT platforms offering a well-equipped video hosting suite including cloud encoding, video-on-demand hosting, and live streaming solutions. The Brightcove OTT platform is easy to use and has a lot of pre-built features that make the streaming journey of content creators hassle-free. The company supports all kinds of revenue generation models for online video and is best suited for larger enterprises.

 

Features of Brightcove’s OTT Platform:

 

  • Video encoding at multiple bitrates
  • Adaptive streaming
  • Scalable cloud-based transcoding
  • Security features such as DRM, AES encryption, and watermarking
  • Global CDN
  • API-based upload and migration tools
  • Ad-based video monetization

 

Limitations:

  • High pricing plans are only suited for large enterprises
  • China video delivery is not supported
  • Additional purchase is required for 24X7 support facility

 

Pricing Plans

The three-tier pricing plan of Brightcove includes:

 

  • Starter: Includes up to 50 videos and 5 users
  • Professional: Includes unlimited videos and 10,000+ plays with no overage plays and 10+ users
  • Enterprise: Includes unlimited videos, 100,000+ plays with no overage plays, unlimited upload, and analytics-only users

 

Vimeo OTT

Vimeo OTT

Vimeo is a popular OTT solution for content creators and boasts an easy to use interface and video editing tools that comes handy for video broadcasters. Vimeo is a good fit for small to large organizations and also offers access to mobile SDKs and Vimeo’s API.

 

Features of Vimeo OTT:

 

  • Video website themes
  • Custom video gallery pages
  • Video security tools
  • Simulcasting support
  • White-label video player
  • Monetization through subscription and PPV

 

Limitations:

  • No AVoD monetization support

Pricing Plans

Vimeo Livestream offers three main pricing plans, including:

  • Starter: $1/subscriber per month
  • Growth: starting at $500/month
  • Enterprise: This is a custom package including advanced features.

 

Kaltura

Kaltura OTT

Another player in the OTT space is Kaltura. Kaltura’s video platform is known for its customizable feature, offering both on-demand and live streaming solutions mainly for educational institutions. It is an open-source software and the platform incorporates video creation tools, a robust CMS, and customizable features. Companies can build their own integrations and add-ons empowering their customizable features. However, as reported by customers, their pricing policies are quite hefty which makes it only suitable for large enterprises. 

 

Features of Kaltura’s VOD Platform:

  • VoD hosting and live streaming
  • Video encoding at multiple bitrates 
  • Adaptive video player
  • Cloud encoding and transcoding
  • Integrated CMS Module
  • A host of security features
  • Video creation tools
  • Video Metrics and Analytics 

 

Pricing Plans

Kaltura does not disclose its pricing structure and you need to contact them for getting customized quotes. Please note that they have different pricing options in terms of their VOD services and Video-Platform-as-a-Service.

 

Limitations

  • Kaltura only allows monetization with external integrations.
  • No TVOD, SVOD, or AVOD support
  • Kaltura does not support an SSL built-in paywall

 

For more details on VOD platforms, check out our blog, Comparing the Top 5 Video On Demand Platforms for 2021

 

Wrapping Up,

Given the size of the OTT industry and the rapid pace with which it is evolving, now is a great time to involve yourself in this trend and launch a stunning OTT platform and monetize content. 

If you are a content creator and want to build your white label video streaming platform like Netflix or Disney+, we would recommend you to take advantage of Muvi’s 14-Day Free Trial to take a test drive of our enterprise-grade OTT platform.

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Sreejata Basu
Sreejata is Senior Content Writer for Muvi’s Marketing unit. She is a passionate writer with a background in English Literature and music. By week Sreejata spends her time in the corporate world of Muvi, but on weekends she likes to take short hiking trips, watch movies and read interesting travelogues.

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