Uscreen vs Dacast: An honest comparison

Uscreen lets you do more than just basic broadcasting

Uscreen is the Dacast alternative that will help you take your video monetization from amateur to professional.

Uscreen vs Dacast
Why Uscreen? Uscreen offers everything in one place

Uscreen vs Dacast: what’s the difference?

Dacast is a great video streaming service option for those looking to just broadcast videos to their existing websites and social media.

Uscreen, on the other hand, is a full-fledged VOD and OTT platform provider for anyone looking to launch and run a video streaming business with a website and apps.


Which option is best for you?

The answer depends on what you need…

Dacast is best for you if you… 

  • just need somewhere to host a few videos for broadcasting on your own platforms
  • only need video APIs to embed somewhere else
  • will only want to offer pay-per-view or subscription access
  • do not need a video library with custom filters & cataloging 
  • do not need access to audience data
  • do not need video marketing tools

Uscreen is best for you if you…

  • want to launch a video streaming website 
  • want to launch OTT mobile apps for iOS and Android
  • want to launch OTT TV apps for Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Android TV
  • want to offer subscription, pay-per-view or rental access to your video streaming service
  • want to create a video library with custom filters and cataloging
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Uscreen was created specifically for VOD businesses

Best DaCast alternative for VOD sites

Create a beautiful video streaming website

Behind every successful VOD business is a powerful video streaming website. One that houses your content library, processes user payments and harnesses a devoted community. Unlike Dacast, Uscreen allows you to create and launch a stunning and dynamic video streaming website for a solid online presence and fantastic user experience – all with just a few clicks.

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Launch 5-star rated OTT apps

Uscreen OTT branded apps are engineered to match the advanced viewing needs of today’s video streaming market. Fast loading times, sleek design, and superior user experience are just some of the reasons why Uscreen apps are snatching 5-star reviews across platforms and devices. With Uscreen, you can launch iOS, Android, Roku, Android TV, tvOS and Fire TV in a matter of weeks.

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Monetize videos

Monetize your content whichever way you want

Uscreen allows you to set up a range of monetization models; including recurring subscriptions, rentals, fixed-prices, pay-per-view and content bundles. You also get to set your content at any price you want. You can actually create a combination of different pricing models for the different video content you offer.

Learn about picking the best monetization model for you

Own your audience data and billing info

This is a right, not a privilege. At Uscreen, we’ve made it a point to give you full access and ownership of the valuable audience you work so hard to convert, nurture, and engage. Unlike Dacast, you can instantly export all your audience data from the Uscreen admin area as a CSV file. 

Learn more about audience ownership 

You own your audience with Uscreen
instant live streaming platform

Smoothly and securely live stream to any device

Give your audience a pristine viewing experience with Uscreen’s full HD live streaming platform. The Uscreen live streaming feature, powered by a robust CDN, enables seamless streaming to any country. Our multi-bitrate adaptive streaming ensures the best experience and consistent quality, regardless of the bandwidth or location.

Learn more about live streaming with Uscreen

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A feature-by-feature comparison

Here’s a detailed side-by-side comparison of Uscreen vs Dacast

Uscreen logoDacast
Video on demand websiteYesNo
OTT apps for mobile iOS & AndroidYesNo
OTT TV apps for Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, Android TVYesNo
Video APIsYesYes
No hidden feesYesYes
Video hosting & streamingYesYes
Content delivery network (CDN)YesYes
Built-in marketing toolsYes
Reduce churn tools
Smart retries
Affiliate program management
Marketing integrations 
Abandoned cart emails
Community management
Content paywallYesYes
Multiple video monetization optionsYes
Subscription payments (SVOD)
Pay-per-view (TVOD)
Free trials
Subscription payments (SVOD)
Pay-per-view only (TVOD)
Coupons and promo codesYesYes
White-labeled designYesYes
Themes and customization for web and OTT appsYes
12+ fully customizable themes and
HTML/CSS editing
Live streamingYesYes
Content management system (CMS)YesYes
Create content collections and bundlesYesNo
Add episodesYesNo
Flexible categorizing and custom filteringYesNo
GIF overlay in catalogYes
Customizable checkout pageYesYes
Customizable video playerYesYes
Password-protected video playerYesYes
Picture-in-picture mode in video playerYesNo
Built-in paymentsYes
In-app payment processing
Accept Credit Cards
Accept PayPal
Royalty tracker
Smart payments retries
Accept credit cards
Accept PayPal
Advanced analyticsYes
Video Analytics
Sales & Revenue Analytics
Subscription Analytics
Google Analytics integration
Native analytics only
Google Analytics integration
Advanced SEOYesNo
Third-party integrationYes
Connect to 1000+ apps via Zapier
Audience ownershipYesNo

Everything you need in one VOD platform

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Show your content intelligently

Uscreen themes include slick and functional catalog pages for a superior browsing experience, including unique features like:

  • Custom filters
  • Video backgrounds
  • GIF overlay
  • Horizontal scrolling
  • Powerful search
  • Resume watching

Uscreen customization = design freedom

12+ Stunning themes

A library of beautiful themes, each engineered to enhance your users’ experience.

Theme editor (no coding)

Intuitive point-and-click theme editor for quick and easy site customization.


Need more? Add custom CSS or edit with the HTML Code Editor.

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Custom filters & categories

Add custom filters for easy sorting and filtering.

Reach viewers in any language

Set your own language. Reach viewers anywhere in the world.

Set your own domain

Add your custom URL for a stronger branded presence.

100% White-labeled OTT apps and website

When it comes to designing your video streaming website and apps, our brand takes a back-seat so yours can shine. Using any of our themes, create a consistent, branded look and feel your subscribers will love–not a single word of code required. You site and apps are 100% white-labeled, meaning the only logo you’ll see on your site and apps is yours. 

Your branded video streaming service on all devices
Built-in sales and checkout pages

Built-in sales and check-out pages

Each theme is remarkable, unique and optimized for high conversions. The easy flow of the built-in sales and checkout pages make every conversion a seamless experience. Dacast’s themes only include catalog pages and video players. 

Powerful built-in video marketing tools

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Abandoned Cart Sequences

Recover your lost sales with our remarkably effective Abandon Cart tool. Improve your conversion rate by up to 3x the original rate.

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Reduce Churn Tool

Lower your churn rate by up to 35%. Increase customer loyalty and build a stronger bond with your audience.

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Smart Retries

Reduce the chance of declined charges or losing subscribers due to payment issues. Uscreen Smart Retries make it easy.

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Try Again for Free

They still cancelled? Win them back with Uscreen’s Try Again for Free feature and engage with your audience to forge a strong bond.

We take your success very seriously

Talk to our Success and On-boarding team

We have an entire team dedicated to setting you up for success. When you first sign up with Uscreen, an on-boarding specialist will get in touch to guide you through the process, focusing on your top priorities, and the tools and resources needed to help you accomplish them.

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We’re often asked…

Is Uscreen here to stay?

It sure is! Uscreen was founded in 2015 in Washington, D.C., and is now a 20-person-strong company of incredibly talented and caring individuals, joining forces from around the world to help you become and stay successful in the video-monetization space. So yes, Uscreen is definitely here to stay. Learn more about Uscreen and the team

Can I fully customize my site and apps?

Uscreen fully develops and publishes the apps for you in your own app developer account within 3 to 4 weeks from the day you place your order. That’s the fastest launch time on the market! We’ll also take care of all required updates and maintenance afterward at no extra cost to you. We’ll even send you a preview of the app before we publish it.

Do I own all of my content and data?

Yes! In addition to owning your audience, you also own 100% of your assets, content, and data. Uscreen is simply a means to your end of monetizing your video content.

What’s your guarantee policy?

Uscreen is free to try for 14 days – no strings attached. You can cancel any time you like.

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