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<strong>But PeerTube doesn't centralize: it federates.</strong> Thanks to the <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://activitypub.rocks">ActivityPub</a> protocol (also used by <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://joinmastodon.org">the Mastodon federation</a>, a free/libre Twitter alternative), PeerTube can federate several small hosters so they don't have to buy thousands of hard disks to host videos for the whole world.
<strong>PeerTube is not only open-source: it's free (as in free speech).</strong> Its free license guarantees our fundamental freedoms as users. It is this respect for our freedoms that allows Framasoft to invite you to contribute to this software, and many evolutions (innovative comment system, etc.) have already been suggested by some of you.
2 channels on Framasoft's account on FramaTube instance
A federation of interconnected hosting providers (so more video choices wherever you go to see them);
A more relevant search, with the ability to set advanced filters (duration, category, tags...)
A username, an email, a password and you can already <strong>enjoy all the features of PeerTube!</strong>
Ability to import a video through a torrent file or a magnet URI
Ability to import videos through an URL (YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion and many others!)
About peer-to-peer broadcasting and watching
After a year of work and improvements, we have just released version 2 of PeerTube! Everything is explained in detail in the <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://framablog.org/2019/11/12/peertube-has-worked-twice-as-hard-to-free-your-videos-from-youtube/">Framablog article</a> that we invite you to read.
All of this is made possible by Peertube's free/libre license (GNU-AGPL). Its code is a digital "common", that belongs to everybody, instead of a secret formula that belongs to Google (in the case of Youtube) or to Vivendi/Bolloré (Dailymotion). This free/libre license <strong>guarantees our fundamental freedoms as users and allows many contributors to offer evolutions and new features.</strong>
Allowed video space
An open code (transparency) under a free/libre license (ethic, respect and community-driven development);
And there's more! PeerTube uses Activity Pub, a federating protocol that <strong>allows you to interact with other software</strong>, provided they also use this protocol. For example, PeerTube and Mastodon -a Twitter alternative- are connected: <strong>you can follow a PeerTube user from Mastodon</strong> (the latest videos from the PeerTube account you follow will appear in your feed), <strong>and even comment on a PeerTube-hosted video directly from your Mastodon's account.</strong>
Another feature of this 1.3 version has been entirely developed by an external contributor: <a target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://github.com/joshmorel">Josh Morel</a> who add <strong>a quarantine system</strong> for videos on PeerTube. If the administrator of an instance enables this feature, any new video uploaded on his instance will automatically be hidden until a moderator approves it.
Another unclear element was the <b>video sharing pop-up</b>. We have improved it, and it is now possible to share or embed a video by making it start and/or finish at a precise moment (time-code feature), to decide which subtitles will appear by default, and to loop the video. These new options will surely be greatly enjoyed.
Anyone with a modicum of technical skills can host a PeerTube server, aka an instance. Each instance hosts its users and their videos. In this way, <strong>every instance is created, moderated and maintained independently by various administrators.</strong>
As a reminder, in the first newsletter (July 23rd, 2018), we announced that the localization system and RSS feeds were implemented, and that we were making progress on the subtitles support and the advanced search.
As a result, on your PeerTube website, the audience will be able to watch not only your videos, but also videos hosted by Zaïd, Catherin or Solar... without having to host their videos on your PeerTube-powered website. Such diversity in a video-catalog makes it very attractive. Such a large choice and diversity of videos is what made centralized platforms such as YouTube succesful.