Streaming is a fantastic way to broadcast to your listeners using computers and mobile devices.  This can be achieved using a local network or via the world-wide-web to a larger audience.

Streaming to computers and devices within your network is free thanks to the software included with all of our radio packages!

Streams can be accessed via web-browsers, mobile phone apps and other media players that have local network access like windows media player and iTunes.

If you plan to stream LIVE to the world-wide-web we advise you consider renting a streaming host.  

Unlike free local network streaming using our built-in software and the schools super fast local network, streaming to the internet requires the rental of a streaming server.  Renting a streaming server will ensure that listeners around the world do not connect toryoor network, slowind dowb yoarnbroddband but instead connect to the streaming server in the cloud.  

What is streaming?

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Streaming Package - Small

Up to 500 listeners at 128Kbps

• Comprehensive Streaming Statistics - Suitable for web streaming license reports

• Pay monthly - no minimum contract

Streaming Package - Medium

Streaming Package - Large

£19.99 a month

£35.99 a month

£75.00 a month

All of our school radio packages include software that provides a unicast streaming facility.  Unicast is where each listener (PC or mobile device) receives their own audio stream.

The bandwidth required from your local network or internet connection can be configured through the encoding software.   Audio is fed from the radio studio's mixer into the radio studios PC,  here it is encoded to an MP3 stream, to a Unicast via an IP address and port number.

All you need to do is give the PC a static IP address, the rest happens automatically.  Any networked machine/device on the same network can navigate to the stream and listen instantly.

The bandwidth used is determined by the quality set for the encoding, multiplied by the number of listeners.  See example right:

Local network streaming - free

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Audio Stream with static IP address (Data)

Audio Streams accessing the static IP address

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Streaming to the world-wide-web

Streaming to the web follows a similar principal to streaming within your local network however, another step is introduced called a streaming host.  A streaming host will supply you with an IP address which once entered into the radio stations streaming software will enable you to send a single live stream out to the world-wide-web/out to the host.  All listeners online and within your school connect to the host, instead of the radio studio PC and your local network.

This is important for two reasons: One - it keeps heavy traffic away from your network, using your broadband and Two - streaming hosts are able to track the number of listeners and the amount of time people are connected.  This is crucial as broadcasting to the world-wide-web requires your organisation to submit quarterly reports to PPLUK, confirming listening figures, amount of copyright music played and listening length.  As the streaming host will produce this report, it is important to remember that administratively someone within  your organisation needs to download it and submit it to the licensing authorities on a regular basis.

While hosting is easily achieved, it does require additional budget for licenses, hosting and admin.

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Audio Stream with IP address from host (Data)

Streaming Host

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Up to 1000 listeners at 128Kbps

• Comprehensive Streaming Statistics - Suitable for web streaming license reports

• Pay monthly - no minimum contract

Up to 1500 listeners at 128Kbps

• Comprehensive Streaming Statistics - Suitable for web streaming license reports

• Pay monthly - no minimum contract

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