Many claim that it's not possible to make economically viable video platforms, and that You-tube can only exist because google subsidizes it. If your platform is designed around the concept of renting servers that host and serve all the video-files that people download, that could be true.
However there might be another way
If you make the video platform a peer to peer protocol where the servers just have to host reference video-files, which then percolate through a peer to peer distribution model, video platforms should become economically viable. The bandwidth-cost of transmitting a video once will lead to many views not just one. Another cost factor is video-transcoding. That too could be offloaded to peers. If a uploaded video gets watched on average a few hundred times, peers only have to contribute a fraction of a percent of the necessary compute resources per video. Even for battery-powered devices this will be a negligible drain.The "Muh-businesmodel"
Sell video-makers a modified NAS pre-setup to host the video reference files.
Sell users a low-power compute-device they plug into their internet connection which helps with peer-availability and grants them network-priority for the best viewing experience. additional "Mc-revenue streams"
Many online videos shill products, add a online market-place where people can directly buy their crap and you can take a small cut. Same scheme with sponsored content.
Also add a crowd fund mechanism where people can crowdfund episodes for open creative commons entertainment franchises. And be strategical about it, you need to have one popular pioneer project that draws a crowd, to get this started.
If you're not too greedy and only take a 0.5 to 3% cut, your stuff will take off.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.