Stop Blaming Peoples Internet Connection

Reading a topic on the Spacial forums from a user who’s having those dreaded “Buffering” issues with the encoders in SAM Broadcaster.

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The SVS volunteers on the Spacial forums are trying yet again to blame the problem on the user’s connection.

It’s NOT the user’s broadband connection, ISP or even shoutcast/icecast server at fault, It’s the encoders in SAM Broadcaster being poorly coded. The user has already explained that their Internet connection is working as it should…

The SAM Broadcaster encoders have failed on us several times on several different computers with different ISP providers, They even buffered while streaming to a local shoutcast server on the same PC. So it’s not someones connection at fault.

Even the old winamp DSP plugin encoders would suffer from the same problem.

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“It’s a long standing BUG in badly coded software”

 

SAM Broadcaster encoders disconnection

I’ve written before about the encoders in SAM Broadcaster buffering.

It’s nothing new there are still over 28 pages of posts on the subject on the SAM Broadcaster forums.

All of those users being told it’s their computer or Internet connection at fault when in reality it’s the software itself.

This is not an issue we’ve ran into using other encoding software. We never had a problem with buffering when we used other software to encode with.

We last used the Streaming plugin for RadioDJ to do a test with and it held up for well over 10 days without any errors or buffering.

We only had to restart the PC because of Windows 10 updates.

The encoders buffering in SAM Broadcaster is a BUG that has never been fixed and has been in the program since the days of version v2.7.7

We really do wish Spacial SVS support on the forums would stop blaming peoples connections when the encoders buffer in SAM Broadcaster.

Arrr!! There Be Pirates!

Pirate radio stations are nothing new they’ve been on the go since the 1960s with Radio Caroline …

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I can still remember two Scunthorpe DJ’s attempt at a pirate radio station. It was called WLNG & Broadcast on 104.9 FM on Tuesday and Thursday nights in the late 1980s.

There’s very little information about WLNG on Google just a couple of mentions in articles.

Fast forward to the pirate stations of today. It would appear to all intents that Haringey & Hackney Councils in London are having a crackdown on Pirate stations using their properties to broadcast from.

I can see why they’ve had a crackdown some of those aerials in the video below are badly cobbled together. Have to admit they look like complete eyesores on the top of buildings as well.

We would soon notice if a pirate radio station had put an aerial on the roof of our building. Mind they’d have to gain access to it first.

Our message to the Pirate radio stations being hassled by these Council/Ofcom officials.

“Why be a Pirate station on an FM signal with very little reach?
When you could potentially reach far more people by streaming on the Internet”

 
Internet Radio is the future of broadcasting & it’s not all that difficult to start your own online radio station.

You just need a decent PC (1GB of RAM would do) decent broadband connection, decent microphone and mixing desk, along with decent streaming/automation software and a Shoutcast/Icecast server.

We know of a lot of radio stations on the Internet that have been on the go for years and as far as we’re aware they have never owned a licence to stream.

So it seems NO one really checks if your legit or not on the Internet.

In any case you could just move your server to another IP if the authorities were snooping on your broadcasts.

It’s amazing how popular streaming online radio has become in the last 10 years. So it’s little wonder there are so many pirate stations.

Hopefully you shouldn’t have to worry about your transmission equipment or aerials being seized by officials.

Unless you were broadcasting some really bad content!

Sexism/Homophobia/Racism/Islamophobia/Jihad are definite no go areas when it comes to broadcasting even if you’re a pirate broadcasting from a bedroom.

Remember at the end of the day no one wants to listen to crap.

Start Your Internet Radio Station with RadioDJ

Q: Have you ever wanted to start your own online Internet radio station?

 
Internet radio can be a really great hobby to have, Once you get used to how everything works it’s great fun. It can be daunting at first but don’t be afraid of searching Google or radio forums for tips and advice.

Most people think setting up an online Internet radio station will cost them lots of $$$.

It need not cost you anything to initially setup your own online radio station. (Not misleading!)

Yes you heard that right! You can start your Internet radio station for FREE with RadioDJ (Yes it’s really FREE)

You will need a decent PC with minimum of 1GB RAM and a decent broadband connection in order to stream successfully.

RadioDJ free radio automation software

RadioDJ is a fully fledged radio studio automation package which once installed and configured works rather well at automating music/jingles/promos, Which of course is what the program was designed to do.

RadioDJ can be left alone for long periods of time to do what it does best.

Follow this link to a easy to follow tutorial on How to setup RadioDJ

You can find some other handy radio software downloads on this page

If you have any issues setting RadioDJ up you can find help on the Community Forums

After you’ve installed RadioDJ you will then need a Shoutcast or Icecast server to stream to.

Shoutcast DNAS server page

You can find some FREE shoutcast/icecast hosting by searching Google for “Free Streaming servers”

Alternatively you can pay a Shoutcast/icecast host for a server from around $2/3 a month. Do your research on Google and steer clear of hosts who offer “Unlimited Listeners”

“There is NO such thing as unlimited listener slots! All servers max out their bandwidth/processing power eventually”

 
Make your station unique! Stand out from the crowd and who knows eventually you could have a successful online Internet radio station.

Tip: Be patient don’t expect to learn everything within 5 minutes, Like every hobby it will take time to get used to what does what.

Please Note: In order to be Legal in your country of origin you will need a licence to stream music on the Internet.

Happy streaming!

Web Hosting But Only If Your a SAM Broadcaster user?

An advert popped up on a forum a couple of days back for Shoutcast Streaming’s samPHPweb & samHTMLweb Web Hosting package.

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Is it just me or does the advert actually sound like they only want to host your website if your a SAM Broadcaster user?

Doesn’t sound to me like they would host your website if you were using other software such as RadioDJ

Looking at the price of this website hosting service it’s not that expensive but you could probably do it yourself cheaper.

You could just set up a web server using WAMP on your home PC pointing your domain to your IP and take requests that way.

Or you could rent a VPS server from around $1.25 a month with a hell of a lot more storage space.

 
Hosting your own website gives you much more control over things especially when you run your own VPS.

You control what ports you have open etc. Unlike SAM Broadcaster RadioDJ only requires 1 port (SQL 3306) to be open for requests.

I started out with an Apache web server on my PC about 11 years ago and it worked great at the time.

In this day and age most broadband connections are pretty stable and fast.

So it shouldn’t be a problem hosting your own website on a home PC.

If you do go a for a VPS, have a look round. There are some pretty¬†¬†but choose what’s best for you and your location.

We have a self managed VPS and it’s usually rock solid and performs like a star. However every server has its limits and sometimes there are outages beyond our control.

It’s really not that hard running your own website. Once you learn how to get it working properly you’ll wonder why you ever paid a website host in the first place.

Remember when it comes to learning stuff like setting up your own web server or VPS Google is your friend not your enemy!

 
The information is out there if you search hard enough.

If Shoutcast Streaming is only pandering to SAM Broadcaster PHP/HTML users then that would be a shame as I could have pointed a few users of RadioDJ in his direction.

N.B: Running a home web server is dependant on external factors such as your upload & download speeds if you have a poor broadband connection then it may be a better option to look at hosting your website on a VPS.

Before anyone has a go at me!

I’m just pointing out that there are other “alternatives” when it comes to hosting a website/server. You don’t have a monopoly on website hosting!

Stand Alone Encoding Software

With RadioDJ you have a couple of options when it comes to streaming.

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You can either use a Plugin or you can use a standalone piece of encoding software.

“I’m a big fan of using a standalone piece of software to encode with as it frees up RadioDJ to do what it does best!”

 
Here are just some of the encoding programs available.

1) MB Recaster (4 free encoders) M B Recaster

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2) BUTT (Free) BUTT

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3) Edcast standalone Edcast

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4) RadioCaster ($49.95) (Shoutcast v1 v2 & Icecast) RadioCaster

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Happy streaming!

Please note: We cannot be held liable for content/software on another website. We just supply links to the websites/downloads of software.

Song Title Updater

Song Title Updater

This is a useful tool if you are using encoding software which doesn’t support title updating.
 
It’s easy enough to configure and use.

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1) Download and unzip This folder
2) Unzip & place the .exe file on the C:\ drive outside of the program folder.
3) Create a blank folder on the C:\ drive called “Titles” (Make sure it has the correct read/write permissions)
4) Point the title updater to the titles directory.
5) Enter your Shoutcast/Icecast server details. Click server type for Icecast or shoutcast v1 or v2.
6) If your radio software has a NowPlaying.txt or similar select text file and browse to where the .txt file is.
7) Click start and if all goes to plan you should have automatic title updates.

 
Just rinse and repeat if you have multiple servers to update the titles on.

Give the other instances of the program a different name (e.g: songtitleup2.exe)

Note: All downloads supplied as seen.

Shoutcast Now Playing to Twitter

Shoutcast Now Playing to Twitter

We used this script for quite some time and it’s a great way to tell your followers on Twitter what songs you are playing on your station.

It takes the now playing info from a Shoutcast v1 server and posts it on Twitter.

Please note: This version only works with Shoutcast v1 servers.

(If you require a Shoutcast v2 script there are scripts available on the Winamp Forums)

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Basic instructions: What is required to use the script?

1) A valid Twitter account.
2) Setup an application & generate API keys from dev.twitter.com
3) A PHP enabled web server with an open @fsock connection (It won’t work without it.)
4) The The Twitter script files
5) Unzip the folder to the root of your website.
6) Enter all your API keys into the twitter.php file along with your Shoutcast server details then save
7) Upload all the required files to your server/website host.

 
Open the webpage in a browser to point to the twitter.php page (example: http://yoursite/twitter/twitter.php) If all has gone to plan you should see this.

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If you have your own VPS setup a cron job to post to twitter as often as required

 

“If you don’t have your own PHP webserver then you can quite easily set one up on your computer with WAMP or just Apache.

 
Search Google for more information on “How to setup a webserver”

That is all there is to it. It’s not that difficult to setup.

N.B: You use this script at your own risk. We cannot be held liable if it screws up your system or doesn’t work for you.

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