Perhaps you already know the importance of video streaming and have heard of third-party video streaming services like Vimeo, and YouTube, among others. Unquestionably, these video hosting services offer a multitude of advantages like paid marketing options, exposure, detailed analytics, simplicity of use etc. But if you’re an advanced coder and like to have more customization than these video hosting sites offer, self-hosting video streaming is what you should look for. And when it comes to self-hosting, which refers to the process of locally hosting as well as managing applications, you shouldn’t look beyond GitHub. In this post, we’re going to explore some of the popular self-hosting software on GitHub platform.

Security comes first

It’s important to mention that when you use GitHub, you’ve to make sure that your repository doesn’t get compromised. Here’s a quick view of some Github security best practices.

  • Remove sensitive data from your GitHub repository and invalidate the passwords that were public once.
  • Implement robust security measures on your GitHub account to safeguard it from hackers.
  • Validate the GitHub applications carefully and don’t give them access rights apart from what they need.
  • Never store your credentials in GitHub.

Video streaming beyond any restriction

Any post related to online content streaming remains incomplete without having a mention of Geo-blocking. It’s a method often used by digital platforms, businesses, and service providers to restrict access to their offering to users located in a certain geographical area or country. For example, Australian users often face this restriction. So, what can be done if they want to access media, movies etc that aren’t normally available in the country? Implementation of a free VPN client is the answer. It’ll allow them (or any user across the globe) to get around restricted overseas websites.

Popular self-hosting video streaming software (in GitHub)

Saga

The software offers artists more ability to change their work in certain locations where it’s hosted. One of the key benefits of using Saga is that artists can express their opinions here. For instance, if you self-host a video and publish it using this framework, you are able to manipulate every space where it’s shown. It also offers greater freedom to artists in terms of changing the meaning of their work based on location where it’s hosted, eliminating the need of the changes to be applied globally.

JW Showcase

JW Showcase is an open source, video web app built around the JW Platform and JW Player services. With it, you can publish your JW Player-hosted video content easily with minimal configuration and zero coding. All you need to do is log in to the JW Player Dashboard and upload videos to the library that you’d want to add to Showcase. Your JW Showcase can also be customised to match your website’s navigation, menu, and branding, among others. Javascript-based tools and services, and scripts like Google Analytics can also be added.

Streama

This streaming media server lets you host your own streaming application. Being open source, you can use, change, and distribute the code as and when you wish. Apart from easy setup and simple media management, it comes with Live Sync Watching that lets you watch with someone remotely, multi-user capability through which you can create account for someone and grant him/her specific privileges.

Ampache

This audio and video streaming application lets you access your music and videos through almost any internet-enabled device and from anywhere. You can use the simple web interface to browse and manage your collection, and synchronize remote and local catalogs to create a unique consistent collection. It supports a range of devices – from television to tablet to phone. You just need to use a compatible client to get Ampache.

YouPHPTube

YouPHPTube is an open source, video sharing solution, which is available to everyone for free. With this, you can develop your own video sharing site as YouPHPTube helps you in importing and encoding videos from other sites like Vimeo, and YouTube, among others. It’s one of the most complete systems for developing your own multimedia sites.

Apple Events

If you’re an avid fan of Apple products and interested in knowing more about the giant’s events, the Apple Events App is just what you should look for. If you’ve an Apple TV, you need to download the app and can then start streaming Apple’s events and even rewatch the old ones. In case you don’t own an Apple TV, just visit the “Apple Events Section” on the company’s website and you can live-stream an event.

Puffer

Developed at Stanford University, Puffer lets you stream live TV from different stations right in your browser. It’s important to note that Puffer cannot be watched on an iPad or iPhone, but it works well in browsers like Chrome, Edge and Firefox browsers. However, you need to be in the US to be able to join Puffer.