Wistia

Video marketing software that makes it easy to find, engage, and grow your audience.

Pros

  • Great analytics for marketing professionals and small companies 
  • Easy to use
  • Lots of customization options
  • Good privacy options
  • Video player is compatible with most browsers, systems and screen sizes

Cons

  • Very expensive at $99/month for 1st tier upgrade
  • Costs go up with more videos uploaded and may go up with high bandwidth. Unpredictable pricing
  • No HLS encryption for high level anti-piracy.

Vimeo

Join the world's leading professional video platform and grow your business with easy-to-use, high-quality video creation, hosting, and marketing tools.

Pros

  • Most affordable video platform that doesn't rely on ads. Upgrade plan starts at $7/month.
  • Predictable pricing plan based on storage used with unlimited bandwidth
  • Domain locking embedding. Means videos cannot be shared or downloaded. 

Cons

  • Lacks some of the customization options of pricier video hosts
  • No HLS encryption for high level anti-piracy

And the Winner is ... Vimeo

Conclusion:

For the purpose of this study, in which we are searching for the best video hosting platform for our online courses, Vimeo meets more of our needs than Wistia. Wistia is a great solution for online courses, but if you are on a budget or if you are just starting out, it is too expensive because the basic plan starts at $99 a month and there are escalating prices when you have numerous videos to upload. While Vimeo starts at only $7 a month and has no bandwidth limitations.


Both video hosting solutions have the much needed domain-level privacy, which means you can rest assured your video courses can only be viewed from your designated website.

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