Video/Audio Hosting Companies
The three podcast hosting companies analyzed were Libsyn, Podbean and Blubrry. All three companies host both audio and video formats and offer HTML5 embeddable players. Their prices range from $5.00 to $129.00 per month.
Libsyn, Podbean and Blubrry are all podcast hosting companies which have extremely large portfolios and offer a wide range of features. These hosting companies were chosen based upon the number of podcasts which they have hosted and the fact that they all offer both audio and video formats. Full details surrounding these podcast hosting companies can be found in this spreadsheet.
Libsyn was established in 2004. To date it has hosted over 35,000 podcasts, it regularly records 62,000,000 audience members each month and in 2016 alone it recorded 4,600,000,000 podcast downloads. Libsyn's history is what sets them apart; they existed before the iPhone! They provide expertise in Apple podcasts and iTunes, alongside high quality service, tools and support. They provide excellent quality content on multiple devices.
In July 2016, Libsyn joined with iHeartRadio. This relationship will allow Libsyn's podcast distribution and audience reach to increase massively based upon iHeartRadio's 85,000,000 registered users and social media followers.
Libsyn hosts both audio and video formats as well as HTML 5 media player embedding. Their classic plans offer unlimited downloads, media hosting (both audio and video), a show's own web page, RSS feeds for podcasts compatible with Apple and iTunes, OnPublish single click multiple destination publishing and network app listing. Their advanced plans offer custom mobile apps, advanced statistics and a subscription management service.
Libsyn's pricing is as follows:
Classic - 50MB of monthly storage - $5.00/month
Classic - 250MB of monthly storage - $15.00/month
Advanced - 400MB of monthly storage - $20.00/month
Advanced - 800MB of monthly storage - $40.00/month
Advanced - 1500MB of monthly storage - $75.00/month
Podbean was founded in 2006 and hosts 164,142 podcasters. It offers 5,931,510 episodes and to date has recorded 5,423,565,846 downloads. Podbean is set apart from other hosts due to its point and click functions, allowing podcasters to publish, manage and promote podcasts with little technical knowledge. Podcasters can also record and publish episodes right from their app. In terms of audience, the app is compatible with iOS, Android and can play podcasts with Amazon Alexa. Podbean has a number of notable hosts which include BBC, Showtime, CNN, NPR, NASA, PBS and ESPN.
Podbean offers a website builder and full-featured podcast site, reliable cloud hosting, unlimited storage and bandwidth, iTunes and Play store support, search engine optimization and monetization opportunities through advertising. They host both audio and video formats and offer HTML5 media players with scrollable episode lists, social share buttons, full screen options and customization abilities.
Podbean's pricing is as follows -
Advanced - $5.00/month - 100MB monthly storage, 100GB monthly bandwidth.
Unlimited Audio - $14.00/month - unlimited storage space, unmetered bandwidth.
Unlimited Video - $39.00/month - unlimited storage space, unmetered bandwidth.
Business - $129.00/month - unlimited storage space, unmetered bandwidth.
Blubrry was established in 2005. It is the only hosting company based completely in the United States and has a directory of over 500,000 podcasts. It boasts the most accurate podcast statistics which are trusted by major TV and radio networks. Blubrry is also the only podcast company with free phone support, one-to-one consulting and scheduled video conferencing.
Blubrry offers both audio and video hosting as well as HTML5 media hosting. They offer a number of features which include professional statistics, long-tail podcasting, web upload or FTP options, ID3 tagging, world-class CDN, free migration, media validation, a podcast RSS feed and free email support with every account. Alongside their audio and video formats, they offer audiobooks, ePub and PDF formats.
Blubrry's pricing is as follows -
Small - $12.00/month - 100MB monthly storage, unlimited bandwidth, premium statistics, audio hosting and web uploads.
Medium - $20.00/month - 250MB monthly storage, unlimited bandwidth, premium statistics, audio and video hosting and web uploads.
Large - $40.00/month - 500MB monthly storage, unlimited bandwidth, premium statistics, audio and video hosting and web uploads.
Extra Large - $80.00/month - 1000MB monthly storage, unlimited bandwidth, premium statistics, audio and video hosting and web uploads.
Professional (contact for price) - unlimited monthly storage, unlimited bandwidth, premium statistics, audio and video hosting, web upload/FT and commercial podcasts.