We are reposting this due to numerous emails and inquiries.
Matzav.com‘s Video of the Day feature has been using an average of 400 GB of bandwidth per day, and a peak usage of 700-800 GB of bandwidth in a single day. While the Matzav.com news section is hosted on our own dedicated servers in our own data center, it was more cost effective to outsource the video hosting due to the amount of bandwidth it consumes.
However, we have outgrown the amount of traffic that our outsourced hosting company was able to accommodate. Most hosting companies cap the bandwidth usage for a month at less than the volume that Matzav.com was using in a single day.
We are presently negotiating with another video hosting provider and hope to reach an agreement soon, transferring over all our video files to that new server.
In keeping with Matzav.com‘s high standards, we made a decision at the onset not to host our Video of the Day videos – or any of the videos on our site – on the many popular free video platforms, such as YouTube, as many sites do. The reason for this is twofold.
Firstly, we cannot take any risks of having inappropriate advertisements appearing on our videos. Secondly, allowing access to those sites may direct one to browse the selections of other videos on those sites. Finally, we want our videos to be accessible by those who have strict filtering services which do not permit YouTube-type sites. We have thus chosen to incur the excessive cost of hosting the thousands of videos on our own domain.
We apologize for the inconvenience at the present time and hope to resolve this issue soon. We thank the many readers for the countless emails we received inquiring about the absence of the feature. Likewise, we thank all those who shared their suggestions and support.
Wishing you all a good Shabbos.