Just seen a post on the Spacial forums from a user using SAM Broadcaster Cloud to stream in Second Life.
He appears to be suffering with those dreaded “buffering” issues with the SAM Broadcaster Cloud broadcast control.
We’ve been accused of “Making up the problems about SAM Broadcaster”
Nope not lying or making anything up, things really are as bad as they seem with SAM Broadcaster
The problems documented on this website are just a few of the reasons as to why we think the software isn’t worth the $$$ Spacial Audio charge for it.
A user has posted on the Shoutcast forums about a problem he’s having with @Listen2MyRadio blocking links to external players.
Listen2MyRadio is a free Shoutcast service that requires a listener to tune in via a badly coded page (See Below)
(They do paid plans as well as to how well the paid for servers fair I don’t know TBH)
Read reviews before you commit to buying anything.
I’ve tried the free service once or twice over the last 9 or so years it’s been around.
Every time It’s buffered within 10 minutes of starting a stream or cut out completely requiring a restart of the Shoutcast encoders.
It’s not what you could call reliable at all.
Why even bother with the Listen2MyRadio free service? It’s no where near good enough to run a full time radio stream with.
The alternative is either get a cheap VPS for around $2.50 a month and run your own Shoutcast server on that.
Find a reliable Shoutcast host who will be able to give you the stability and quality you need. Any good Shoutcast host will answer any questions you may have before you sign up.
If you decide you want to go down the road of getting your own VPS there are plenty of tutorials on Google about how to set Shoutcast up on a server.
If any these free services were any good we’d be telling people to use them but Alas they aren’t as good as people expect.
Anyone who has ever encountered this problem with SAM Broadcaster knows how frustrating it can be when this error message appears in encoders window.
“Unable to send data fast enough Encoding paused until buffer clears”
When the encoders in SAM Broadcaster say “Unable to send data fast enough” It is NOT your internet connection or your computer at fault.
It’s a major flaw in the SAM Broadcaster encoders which has never been addressed.
If you do a search for the subject on the Spacial Audio forums.
The results extend to 28 pages with users being told that it’s a problem with their connection.
When it’s actually the SAM Broadcaster encoders at fault.
We’ve spent long enough testing other standalone encoding software options & they all worked as they should for days and weeks without buffering.
There is an easy solution to this problem.
1) Uninstall Sam Broadcaster from your PC.
2) Download RadioDJ & unzip the RadioDJ folder onto the root of the C:\ drive outside the programs folder.
Hopefully you should have no more buffering issues with your stream.
Also in the unlikely event of you running into any issues then there’s help available on the RadioDJ Community Forum
If you search the RadioDJ forums you might just find your question has been answered before.
No one should have to put up with the encoders in software buffering on them!