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Broadcaster Requirements for Live Video Streaming
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Acquire the audio or video and be responsible for copyright and royalty-related compliance. See our page on Digital Rights Compliance for Internet Broadcasting.
A Dedicated PC (Minimum Requirements)
YOU CANNOT USE A MAC OR WINDOWS VISTA.
- 32 or 64 bit Pentium IV or better running at least 2.8 GHz
- 1 GB of RAM memory or more for audio OR 2GB or more for video
- 32 or 64 bit processor running at least 3.0 GHz
- 2 GB of RAM memory or more for audio OR 4GB or more for video
- You MUST turn off Aero and UAC features prior to service setup
Windows 8 or 8.1
- 64 bit processor running at least 3.0 GHz
- 4 GB of RAM memory or more
- You MUST turn off UAC feature prior to service setup
- We recommend anti-virus software such as Norton or AVG
- If you will be archiving, we recommend at least a 250GB hard drive
We recommend that you have a dedicated high speed internet connection for streaming such as Cable, DSL, or T1. NOTE: If you would like a higher bit rate or cannot provide a dedicated connection, please contact us for the minimum speed needed
- For audio at a standard bit rate, each stream will need at least 128kbps upload speed
- For video at a standard bit rate, each stream will need at least 512kbps upload speed
If you will be doing Sound Exchange reporting, Artist and Title, or Ad Replacement, please keep in mind that the automation system will need to be connected to the streaming computer. Please contact us for information on how your system should be connected.
- The remote access program we typically use is UltraVNC. We go through the installation of this program with you during your scheduled setup.
- If you would like to install on your own, you can download and install UltraVNC from ftp.surfernetwork.com/UltraVNC. Use the file called UltraVNCSetup.exe. PLEASE NOTE: This program needs a few specific items checked during installation so please be sure to check “How to Install UltraVNC.doc” document which is in the same folder.
- It is preferred that you have a static external IP address. If you cannot get a static external IP address, we can set you up with a No-IP account free of charge. Please see www.no-ip.com for more information.
- Each computer will need a static internal IP address on your network
Port Forwarding (if there is a router)
- Each separate computer will need a port forwarded to it starting with 5900. (Second computer would be 5901 and so on.) This will allow for remote access.
- Each station will need its own port forwarded starting with 8080 for the stream itself. (This means if a computer has two stations, it will need two ports forwarded to it, 8080 and 8081, one for each stream.)
- Please keep a list of each computer's stations, its internal IP Address, and the specific ports forwarded to it. This will make the setup and any future maintenance much easier.
- If there is any reason why port forwarding cannot be setup, please let the tech know.
- Please be sure the streaming setup is done on the computer’s Administrator account
- If you will be doing Program Blackouts (for sporting events or syndication that cannot be streamed), or if you are doing RIAA reporting that requires us to collect logs from you, the Administrator account MUST have a password on it. We will need to know that password.
- Put a “Listen Live” button on your web site – we give you the code for the button – it’s very easy to set up
- You may want to include a link to playerinfo @ surfernetwork.com. This email account is for listeners that are having trouble with the stream. This will also help us track any recurring problems.