We’ve all seen our fair share of websites where the publisher’s primary video player was a YouTube player, and it’s easy to understand why. YouTube is free, can be quickly embedded, and tracks audience views. Either you’re a publisher that doesn’t own any video content and you’re simply embedding videos from someone else’s channels, or you’re the producer who uploaded the video and you want a simple video solution for your own properties.
It’s important to understand the difference between publishers and platforms when so many companies are now serving both roles. At OneScreen, we define a publisher as a company that makes its licensed or produced content directly available to its audience through its own channels, sites, and applications. A platform, on the other hand, enables a variety of different publishers to distribute their content (or their licensed content) through an “app store,” such as Apple’s App Store and Google Play.