SaaS Vs SaaP – 7 Reasons Why Switching to SaaP Will Be Best for Video Streaming
Let’s cut right to the chase. You’re here either because you want to start a new VOD streaming platform and/or you’re genuinely interested in the difference between SaaS and SaaP.
Specifics can be covered later, but first you need to know what those two things are.
SaaS on the other hand is a platform with a purely cloud-based infrastructure and a pre-built platform which can be accessed by clients through a cloud interface.
The infrastructure is preset on cloud servers, the client can utilise the services of the software on a monthly subscription basis and the platform features are static i.e. the client needs to work according to the software provided.
Roughly put, SaaP provides you with a whitelabel platform for your company to streamline one or more of its internal or external functions, thus making your work easier. In case of a video streaming, a SaaP solution would be a video streaming platform which can broadcast your videos to whomever you please.
The infrastructure can be setup on cloud servers or private servers, the entire software is completely owned by the client at the time of delivery and the platform is custom-built to suit the client’s needs.
Most people (people like you) have asked us why choose an enterprise video streaming solution like Vplayed over a SaaS one which gives the same features at a lower price.
In order to answer this, let’s compare the two solutions.
Customization – Tailor your video platform to your business needs
Creating a personalised VOD platform is a big task and requires lots of customizations (if required by the client). SaaS-based video streaming platforms don’t really possess that level of customization. Apart from the ability to change the colors and a few other options, SaaS platforms have limited personalization potential.
On the other hand, in a white-label SaaP platform, you get 100% customization, right from the player front end to the dashboard back end. It basically provides you with a completely unique solution based on your business model and your particular industry.
Hosting – Setup and protect your platform on high-end servers
Once again, SaaP platforms hold a superior hand when it comes to hosting options. It is important for most VOD platforms that the video database remains under a protected and private space rather than on the cloud. SaaP gives you the freedom to choose if you want to install the platform on cloud servers or on private, on-premise servers. SaaS-based VOD platforms require you to upload all your content on their own cloud storage, which may have questionable security measures.
Source Code – The root of everything
The true editing and personalizing potential resides in the platform’s source code. SaaS platforms have a constant source code since their platform doesn’t change for different businesses. On the other hand, white label SaaP platforms bend their platform to suit their clients’ needs and provide them access to the complete source code in case they have their own development team who wants to do some tweaking.
Pricing Model – Pay only for what you get
The pricing model greatly differs between SaaS and SaaP based video streaming platforms. SaaS is arguably much cheaper than enterprise vod platforms with its monthly payment model. Also, SaaP vod platforms have a one-time payment which is most definitely higher.
But let’s consider a scenario.
There is a SaaS platform which is providing its enterprise video streaming services at $300/month billed annually, making it $300×12=$3600/year.
Now, at this price, you get quite a lot of features in your vod platform but you still get limited bandwidth and storage, which can be expanded by paying a certain amount on top of the monthly cost.
Also, there are other overhead charges like infrastructure fee, app charges, etc. which further increase the price of the whole platform.
Any half-decent enterprise company, especially one in video broadcasting, would operate and scale for at least 10 years (Netflix has been around for about 22 years, so you get the idea).
At $3600/year for 10 years, the expense goes to about $36000, and this is minimum. The expenditure would continue increasing with time to way beyond the amount written above.
On the flip side, SaaP platforms that provide much more than any SaaS solution have a one-time payment which amounts to about a similar price as a 10-year old SaaS platform. For a long term investment, SaaP will save you a huge amount of money.
Storage – To save essential data and information for the future
SaaS-based video on demand platforms have a limited storage infrastructure under their monthly plan. Extra changes are applicable for increasing the storage amount, which only adds to the expenditure.
SaaP provides you with unlimited storage without any overhead charges. Any charges for customizations or additional requirements are included in the one-time payment.
Feature Updates – Constantly stay ahead of the curve
There are only a small number of pre-existing features in SaaS-based VOD platforms due to lack of customizability.
However, SaaP can provide all the features present in an industry-leading VOD platform. On top of that, you can choose which features you want in your platform, while SaaS platforms don’t provide that kind of freedom.
Moreover, SaaS solutions are grossly underequipped. Their clients can only use the features and modifications that are pre-available in the SaaS platform. On top of that, integrating or updating those features in any solution takes a hefty amount of time.
SaaP has the ability to incorporate unlimited features as per the client’s request. Any and every features required is integratable in a very short period of time along with all the due diligence and tests.
In-house Development Team – The ‘dream team’ for your project
When you opt for a SaaS-based product, you typically have no interaction with the people who created the platform. The interaction is limited to sales executives and (maybe)support teams.
But with SaaP, you get a dedicated development team that creates your custom video streaming platform from scratch. Also, you get to talk with them directly for complete transparency and better communication regarding your platform.
It is evident that enterprise video streaming solutions outmatch SaaS-based products by a long shot.
Any company with long-term goals who wants to stay in the market for a really long time will surely go for an enterprise solution to broadcast its videos.