Stream Nation Is Like a Dropbox for Storing and Sharing Videos Privately

Launching Tuesday, Stream Nation is a niche cloud storage service for privately streaming and sharing media files.

When Jonathan Benassaya bought a GoPro action camera, he was amazed at how easy it was to capture every moment of his life. But sharing those images and videos was another story.

He found fault with many existing cloud services. Dropbox capped video streaming at 15 minutes. iCloud, meanwhile, doesn't sync video files. Because of these limitations, Benassaya set out to create Stream Nation, which launched Tuesday, to store, share, and transcode media files.

"There are many verticals where cloud storage is the unit you sell but the utilization is completely different," said Benassaya, who previously founded French music service Deezer. "I'm a dad, I have kids, and I don't want to have any opportunity for anybody to get access publicly to my content. Privacy is at our core, and we will not be public sharing links ever."

Stream Nation users can store files by uploading from their mobile devices, computers, or existing cloud services. For now, media files can be downloaded and stored from Dropbox, but there are plans to integrate with other major cloud services, including Box and SkyDrive. Furthermore, users can save video files by pasting links to web videos. If the permissions allow for it (e.g., TED Talks), the files are stored into users' Stream Nation accounts.

All users begin with 2GB of free storage and can increase that limit to 10GB by completing certain tasks, like referring friends, downloading the desktop application, or following the company on social media. Paid plans begin at $4 per month for 100GB and go up to $19 a month for unlimited media storage. A price comparison of the major cloud services is below (keep in mind Stream Nation is a niche service and doesn't support documents and other non-media files).

Benassaya demoed the service with his account, which featured 250 ripped DVDs and Blu-rays. Though there's some legal gray room surrounding similar usage, he said "what is clear is you can have a private copy of your content," noting users aren't allowed to remove the copy protections. Files shared with users can only be streamed, not downloaded. "There's no notion of sharing a copy," he said. "Only one person can access content at the same time. The physical-life equivalent is like borrowing a DVD."

[Image: Flickr user Hubert Figuière]

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  • Samantha Bell

    Hi! The Dropbox app won't let me save my own videos to my iPhoto Library. I'm wondering if I can do this with Stream Nation :)

  • Gleana Albritton

    Any sense of how long it would take the end user to download super high res files on this?  E.g. something around 600 MB?  

  • Stream Nation

    Hi Gleana, it really depends on the source so it's hard to be exact but typically a couple of minutes is expected. :)

  • Zwittiker

    Can't you create private channels on you-tube and share them privately? It free and virtually unlimited file size.

  • Stream Nation

    Yes, you certainly can share privately with Youtube as well as on Stream Nation. The difference is that on Stream Nation there's no such thing as being publicly available so there are no unhappy accidents of sharing things you never meant to. Youtube accepts only 8 formats whereas Stream Nation accepts 26 formats and is constantly adding more. And - if you have ever been concerned with such things - Stream Nation does not make profit from mining data and advertising.