Dedicated Servers provided by Primcast

Dedicated Servers are the perfect solution for high traffic projects and also if you need privacy, security, or your website and online applications require too many resources to be deployed on a shared server. You can choose between various operating systems including Ubuntu, CentOS, Redhat or even Windows 2012. The ordering process should allow you to choose whatever you think that suits your needs. Our dedicated servers are housed in data centers in the United States and Europe, allowing you to choose a server closest to your location. It usually takes 24-72 hours for us to have your server set up and released from the day we receive your order.

Fully Managed Dedicated Servers

Intel Xeon Dedicated ServersPrimcast provides 24/7 assistance for all the services offered, so Dedicated Servers do not make an exception. Our Support Team is available anytime to guide you or even fix unexpected errors. Even if you need an application or a software installed on your Dedicated Server Hosting, we can help you out as long as a license is provided for it. Due to our servers capabilities, upgrading or downgrading your initial configuration is not really a problem. There are no additional fees required to make changes to your server’s configuration. Primcast typically gives a 7-day overlap for you to transfer your data from one server to another. Or you can simply request it via our contact methods. We offer a large area of selection for all the components of a dedicated servers. We use only Intel Xeon platforms and you can choose from Dual Core processors to Octo Core or even 10 core processors for high applications or services requirements.

Streaming and Webhosting Dedicated Servers

If you have an upcoming project and you need resources that cannot be accessed using a shared account, the Dedicated Server is the solution you need. We do offer the latest technologies for streaming and webhosting in our service selection table. Primcast usually recommends Linux Dedicated Servers for streaming and webhosting. But if this operating system looks too hard to handle some of the solutions like WowzaFlash or Shoutcast do have support for Windows Dedicated Servers also. Our dedicated servers are connected to a network of multiple 10Gbps uplinks, providing route diversity and redundancy for your dedicated server. If your project requires excessive bandwidth, 10Gbps ports are available to order with our dedicated servers. Also, private 100Mbps, 1000Mbps or 10000Mbps ports with unmetered traffic are available upon request.

If you need more assistance or information in regards of buying a Dedicated Server, feel free to contact our support team which is available as usually 24/7 via LiveChat, Email or Phone.

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Wowza Streaming Server AddOns offered by Primcast

Wowza streaming server AddOns are tools that will help you deliver, transform, enhance, protect, and manage your media streaming for live or on-demand content and even on broadcast recording. By using Wowza Server Hosting provided by Primcast, you will be able to have access and enjoy some new experiences using Transcoder , nDVR or DRM addons.

Wowza Streaming Server and Transcoder AddOn

Wowza Transcoder AddOn provides the power to receive a live stream, decrypt the video and audio, then re-encode the stream to fit the specified playback devices. Wowza Transcoder provides real-time audio and video transcoding and transrating feature. It will decrypt audio and video in multiple formats and re-encode them to properly key-frame aligned H.264 streams for adaptive bitrate delivery. Adaptive bitrate broadcasting using Wowza Streaming provided by Primcast would help a lot the wowza streaming mobile devices feature that you can read more about here.

Transcoded content can be broadcasted as a single bit-rate stream to any of the Wowza streaming server protocols that are supported or even to RTMP / HTTP Dynamic Streaming, Apple HLS and Silverlight Smooth Streaming using adaptive bitrate. Using the same server configuration the transcoder addon provides converting your broadcasted content incoming from IP cameras, Software and Hardware encoders, and any other live sources to H264 encoding in order to have the stream broadcasted everywhere.

Wowza Streaming Server and nDVR AddOn

The nDVR addon that can be enabled over your Primcast Wowza streaming server will give your viewers a whole new experience while watching your content. nDVR represents a  consumer service where real-time broadcast is captured in the network on the Wowza Media Server allowing the end user to access the recorded program at will, rather than being tied to the broadcast schedule.

The addon provides trick play features such as pause , play and rewind, all of them while the stream is being live broadcasted. This functionality is placed completely over the server and viewers will not have to have anything extra installed on their viewing devices.

Wowza Streaming Server and DRM AddOn

DRM addon represents an integration solution that offers one of the best solutions to Wowza streaming customers that need studio-approved security for premium content broadcasting. The feature provides on the fly encryption for a large variety of playback devices supplying integration with multiple third party DRM key management systems.

Wowza streaming live or on-demand content is encrypted on-the-fly with Microsoft® PlayReady® or Verimatrix® VCAS™ for delivery via Apple® HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and Microsoft Smooth Streaming to viewers on a wide range of endpoints, including PCs and Macs, set-top boxes (STBs), smart TVs, game consoles, smartphones, and tablets.

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Wowza Streaming content on mobile devices

Wowza Streaming – basic information

Everybody knows nowadays that a great solution to bring or have multiple viewers over your stream includes covering a wide area of devices that can play your content broadcast. Well, using Wowza, Primcast has the solution. Wowza Streaming on mobile devices has been available with Primcast since the very first moment and the hosting provided includes content available to iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android, Blackberry and even Symbian. The following article should cover all the settings you will need to configure in Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder in order to display the content to mobile devices, using our Wowza Servers.

Wowza Streaming – encoder setup

First of all you need to make sure that your streaming device supports H264 video format and MP3 or AAC audio format broadcasting. So in the Video section of the encoder you will need to choose the format as H.264 and 15FPS as frame rate. Make sure you also select Baseline 2.2 by clicking on the wrench icon near the H.264 field. The input size and bitrate will be set by you at your choice depending on the quality you will need for your stream. Our recommendation is between 250 kbps and 600 kbps for SD quality and between 600 kbps and 1.5 mbps for HD quality. For the Audio section of your encoder we recommend using MP3 format that works with iOS and Android and AAC that works with iOS, Android, Blackberry and even Symbian (few devices).  The channels feature must be set on Stereo and Sample Rate 44100 Hz. The bitrate remains on your own decision to set although we recommend 96 kbps or 128 kbps for MP3 format and 64 kbps or 96kbps for AAC format.

 

Wowza Streaming – server connection

Since we set the streaming format for mobile devices streaming it only remains that you connect to your Wowza Hosting Server using the details that will be provided on your account after signing in up with Primcast. On the FMS URL field on the right side of the encoder you will need to enter the Wowza Hosting address which will look like: rtmp://wowza.primcast.com:9999/live. By adding ‘/live’ at the end of Wowza Streaming Server address, the encoder will automatically access the Wowza Server live application. The Stream field on the encoder should be set on your decision by giving a name, simpler the better to remember and use in the embedded code or in the direct streaming links. We recommend ‘livestream’ to use on this field as stream name. Hitting Connect button under the Stream field of the encoder will prompt a login to the Wowza  Streaming Server in order to authenticate to your server and start broadcasting. After you entered the username and password for your Wowza Streaming Server you will be able to hit Start button on the bottom of  the encoder.

Wowza Streaming – mobile devices content access

‘To view the Wowza Streaming content you will either generate and Embedded Code from your own Primcast Control Panel or using the embedded code that you can find under Support section of our website ( http://www.primcast.com/flash-stream-in-jw-player-longtailvideo ). Another way to view Wowza Streaming content that you are broadcasting you can use specific links such as :

- http://wowza.primcast.com:9999/live/livestream/playlist.m3u8

for iPhone, iPad and Android 4.0+

- rtsp://wowza.primcast.com:9999/live/livestream

for Android 2.3+ , Blackberry and Symbian

For more information related to Wowza Streaming on mobile devices feel free to contact us anytime via LiveChat, Email or Phone. Get your Wowza Server today.

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The things you should know about a Smart Tv

We all know that 2012 was the year of smartphones, but 2013 will be definitely the year of Smart Tv’s. Our television gets more intelligent, and comes with gesture and voice controls, downloadable apps, face recognition and many other new features and apps.
But first of all, we need to see what are the advantages of a Smart Tv.
Well, a Smart Tv (or Connected Tv), is used to describe the new range of Tv’s, set-top boxes & BluRay players that are connected to the internet, includes a browser with Flash support and provides an interactive experience for the customer.
This type of gadget has all of the functions of a standard Tv, but the most important feature is that it gives you the possibility to access the internet. We can make a summary by saying that a Smart Tv refers to a convergence of computer-like features.
Most of the customers, which prefer Smart Tv’s insteed of Classic Tv, said that one of the most interesting option is that this kind of device provides interesting applications which facilitate the access to certain pages such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Picasa (and much more), without the need to connect the laptop or computer.
A Smart Tv’s gives you access to apps, games, video playback, gesture and voice control, social networking (Social TV), web Browsing, streaming movie content, media sharing or smartphone connectivity. Don’t forget that every Smart Tv platform offers access to an online app store, from which you can download a lot of applications, which can be installed directly into your Smart Tv menu.
At this moment, having an app means to you take advantage of the great opportunity that new media givs you. You are placed on a market that has not yet been fully exploited. Among the major benefits that a Smart Tv applications can bring, one of them includes the ability to get in touch with potential clients from the comfort of your own bedroom, and especially the ability to use a single device instead of two.
At Primcast we have a special department which is in charge of Smart Tv apps and Mobile apps. Why do you need to know this? Because if you have a great idea, our development team will be able to built it. And don’t forget a very important aspect – if you have a streaming server from Primcast, you can get a free standard smart TV app especially made for you.
In conclusion, a Smart Tv brings you all kinds of benefits starting with a connection to the internet, an operating system that gives you almost unlimited possibilities to have fun and relax, but even more awsome, Primcast gives the possibility to have your own Smart Tv applications!
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The best way to promote your online radio station

The most common problem that online radio station owners have is getting enough listeners. Even though many of these radio station owners have websites and place their streams for every website visitor to listen to, it is still not enough to fill their station’s listener slots. Probably the best way to increase the popularity of an online radio is to submit it to a number of well-known online radio station directories.

There are many ways in which you could promote your station however, submitting it to online directories is the cheapest and most effective way. Internet radio directories are a quick way to promote your station and get more listeners. You can find websites who share entire list of directories where you can submit your station. These directories have thousands of visitors eager to find new and good quality music, many of which can become your clients.

 There are probably thousands of radio directories out there. However, this doesn’t mean that you should subscribe to all of them. Not only will this take a lot of your time but not all radio directories are worth subscribing to. You can start out with only a hand full of directories to subscribe to and increase the number as you go along, Whenever you feel the need to bring more listeners to your radio station.

Submitting your station to many directories will help you promote your online radio station the right way by exposing your logo, name and link to your website in all the places where listeners gather in search of a radio station.

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Build your very own radio station that practically runs itself

There are probably hundreds of thousands of radio stations on the internet right now. With such a large competition out there you may be wondering if it would make any sense at all building your own online radio station. The truth is that the online world is in a continuous expansion and there will always be people interested in your type of music or in what you have to say. Even if you don’t have the success you were expecting to have, you don’t really have much to lose starting your own radio station since the cost for starting one is quite negligible.

The first step to creating your online radio station is to determine the platform you will be using for your radio station. There are several options available to you but your best bet would be choosing SHOUTcast. This software, besides being free of charge is the complete solution for anyone looking to build an online radio station, be it a professional or an amateur one. Even though SHOUTcast is free software, you will still need to host it on a server, as you would with much any other online radio platform software. There are many online services offering radio hosting services right now that you can benefit from. You could also host this software yourself but the low cost for hosting it elsewhere and the inconveniences of having to host it yourself make this a no-brainer. Another great advantage that comes with having a paid radio hosting account is that you don’t have to trouble yourself with configuring the streaming server. The company that provides this service will handle everything for you. They could even help you start your first online stream. You really don’t need to have any sort of technical knowledge to start streaming online.

Normally, if you will be streaming on your online station your computer will have to be always on since the audio files your audience will be listening to will be on your computer. However, there is another more convenient option available that automates your radio station completely. This software is called Auto DJ and it allows you to completely automate your radio station. With Auto DJ you won’t even need to keep your computer on all the time. Auto DJ is totally worth having if only for the money you will be saving on your electrical bill. You need to keep in mind though that Auto DJ will not work without a SHOUTcast account. Once you have purchased an Auto DJ account you will need to attach it to a SHOUTcast account. The SHOUTcast account doesn’t even need to be from the same company.

Configuring Auto DJ to work with your station will be no problem at all. You only need to upload your audio files through an FTP program (if you don’t know what FTP is then you can find plenty tutorials on YouTube. Simply do a search for it and you will be amazed at how many results you will find). Once your files have been uploaded onto the Auto DJ server you will only need to create your playlists and you are pretty much done. You will still be able to stream from a live source on your online radio station by turning off Auto DJ.

Having your own online radio station could bring many benefits both socially and financially so there really is no reason why you shouldn’t give it a try.

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What you should know about SHOUTcast before you start using it

There are numerous protocols that could be used to stream or broadcast media across the internet. The specialized protocols will undoubtedly help in overcoming the data transfer inconsistencies. That way you can have proper viewing and listening quality however the delivery of content has to be specific and in the proper sequential manner. For this reason, you will need to use SHOUTcast hosting to get reliable multimedia streaming.

SHOUTcast hosting is an alternate kind of web hosting service. It is typically used for streaming media. SHOUTcast is primarily a server type software. The company that came up with this piece of software is called Nullsoft. What the server does is to allow the broadcasting of digital or audio content to and from media player software using the MP3 or HE-AAC format. Professionals and hobbyists create internet radios in the same manner.

You can get SHOUTcast for free and it is able to run on several platforms. Operating this software on multiple platforms is as easy as it is implementing it. Apart from that, it is also available for using at an optional fee or no cost.

Some little known things about SHOUTcast background and usage

The server was first created in the year 1999. This streaming protocol uses metadata tags and responses starting with ‘ICY’ which stands for “I Can Yell”, the genuine name of the protocol. The domains of the protocol were registered before Nullsoft, the creator of the software. They then proceeded to change the protocol’s name to SHOUTcast, although the prefix ‘ICY’ is still in the protocol specifications even today.

Producing or listening to internet broadcasts is the software’s main purpose. Mainly because of the inexpensive way to set up broadcasting stations, a lot of these were born with the help of this amazing software. This way a large number of radio network owners and hobbyists were able to set up their own broadcasting stations much less expensive than if they were to set up a regular FM radio station or an AM broadcasting station.

How does its design work??

SHOUTcast’s client-server model has each component communicating through a network protocol. This protocol intermingle the audio data with meta-data like station name or song titles. In order to deliver web page data over the internet, the HTTP protocol has to be used as a transport protocol.

SHOUTcast has known a huge rise in popularity even since it was first launched. Using this software to build your own online radio station is probably the best way to go. With SHOUTcast hosting you will be able to develop the online radio station of any size you like.

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Smooth Streaming – what is it and why you should use it

Right now the best way to stream your videos online is with adaptive bitrate technology and Smooth Streaming is going to be your best choice. Smooth streaming can identify the available bandwidth and settle on the most appropriate bit-rate to display your video clip at. That way you don’t have to settle for the lowest common denominator in order to ensure that all your watchers will have a sleek viewing experience.

The performance of Smooth Streaming lies in the fact that you can easily transition the video quality of a media file that a player receives in real time. Consumers with high-bandwidth internet connections can enjoy high definition (HD) quality streaming while others with reduced bandwidth speeds receive the proper stream for their connection, allowing consumers across the board to have fun with a compelling, consistent streaming experience and alleviating the need for media providers to accommodate to the lowest common denominator quality level inside of their audience base.

With their increased viewing times through higher quality true High-definition experiences, firms are now capable to increase their brand interest and marketing revenues as well. They can furthermore benefit from unparalleled network scalability making use of distributed HTTP-based Web servers and offer greater quality to much more clients.

Smooth Streaming is simple enough to conduct. As an user you may not be required to do anything else besides install Silverlight on your Mac or Personal computer. On the other hand if you are a content creator you will need to upgrade your encoding software to one that facilitates encoding to the new Smooth Streaming file format.

In order to stream media assets to clients, hosting providers will need to have IIS Media Services installed on their servers. You will only need to install IIS Media Services on your origin servers. You may need to manage your edge cache/proxy structure as well in order to correctly pass through Smooth Streaming URLs.

Software developers will need to add Smooth Streaming playback support to their Silverlight applications. This is easily done using Silverlight Media Framework with Smooth Streaming Client or by simply using Silverlight player templates integrated in the Expression Encoder.

To design Smooth Streaming presentations you need to encode your videos in a particular way. The same source content would need to be encoded at several bit-rates with each bit-rate being one complete file. The advantage of this is that the user does not have to handle hundreds or even thousands of ‘fragments’ as the server will create ‘virtual fragments’ and will be able to transition between which complete file it is delivering. Presentations with Smooth Streaming can be easily created with the help of the Microsoft Expression Encoder.

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Listing your online radio station on iTunes radio

If you want to have many listeners for your online radio station you will definitely need to submit your radio station to iTunes for inclusion into their station listing. Even though many people try to do this and gain the much needed exposure, very few actually manage to get a listing on iTunes. For the best change to get your radio station accepted into iTunes you need to follow the below guidelines.

Before we get to the actual steps you need to take in order to get your station listed, you need to be mindful of the increased expenses that come with more listeners. While a listing in iTunes will definitely bring you more listeners, you can also expect to be required to pay extra for the listener slots but also for licensing fees and other expenses.

An important thing to notice when submitting your station for inclusion into iTunes is that your stream needs to broadcast at a birtrate of at least 128 kbps. Your station can list only one bitrate and one genre so make sure you get everything right from the start. Also, stations that use other than their name to be listed higher in the directory or even to get listed twice will automatically get rejected.

When it comes to adding, editing or troubleshooting your listing you need to keep to the following guidelines:

Your emails must have one of the subject lines from below:

a) Station submission: (station name)

b) Station update: (station name)

c) Other inquiry: (brief description of the issue)

If you have multiple stations listed in iTunes then you can send information concerning one or all of them in the same email. However, make sure to attach the needed information in MSWord or Pages when submitting information for more than 3 radio stations.

It is sensible that iTunes will only accept radio inclusion requests only from the contact they have on file or from the radio station owner. Therefore listeners, friends and auxiliary station personnel cannot make requests on behalf of a radio station.

When submitting your request for radio station inclusion make sure to provide all the requested information. This means you need to write the following:

  • Your iTunes Store login account or email address

  • Your legitimate radio station name

  • The City/State or Country of origin

  • The language your radio station is broadcasting in

  • The type of audio stream (whether it is MP3, AAC or AAC+)

  • Station genre (you are only allowed one genre per radio station)

  • Include the address of your radio station’s website

  • Provide a short description for your radio station

  • Contact details such as name, phone number and email address

  • Include the bitrate you are streaming at (you are only allowed to include one bitrate per radio station)

  • You will also need to provide the radio tation URL or IP (again, only one per radio station)

When requesting an update for you radio station you will also need to provide some information. Therefore, your request needs to contain the following information:

  • The radio station name (same as it is written in iTunes)

  • The name, phone number and email of the contact person

  • Write specifically the update you would like to make for your radio station. Attention: do not resubmit information that is remaining unchanged.

Before sending your submission request to iTunes you need to ensure that your radio station works properly in iTunes. To do this you need to open iTunes, select ‘Opend Audio Stream’ from the Advanced menu and from there enter your audio stream URL.

It usually takes up to 5 business days to hear back from iTunes. Always be sure to respect the guidelines or they may even ban your radio station without the possibility of every including it in iTunes again.

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Does your company need a dedicated server?

Should you upgrade your web hosting service to a dedicated server? This is a question you may ask yourself over and over again as your organization expands. Therefore, you ought to know that data safety has become a lot more important in today’s digital business environment.

Exactly how do dedicated servers function? This is a frustrating issue for both business owners and managers. In order to answer this question you will need to find out as much as you can about dedicated servers but also about the way these machines can have an effect on your business. Even though time is becoming such a rare commodity, taking only a moment of your time in order to get familiarized with dedicated servers and the way they could have an impact on your company will actually help to make a difference.

When compared to typical hosting the dedicated server solution allows you to be the only one using the web server. It is, as the name would imply, dedicated only to you and thus not shared.

Most if not all of today’s businesses are using computers. If you are as well then you definitely need a dedicated server to help manage your computer network and/or your company’s website. Receiving much more than 3,000 day-to-day site visitors might imply that you need to get a dedicated server as well. Another sign that you have to switch to a dedicated server is when you notice your site slowing down.

In case everything points to the fact that you might need to grab a dedicated server then the next step would be to consider what kind of server will be best suited for you. At this time there are 2 main kinds of servers to take into consideration: managed and unmanaged dedicated servers. When it comes to unmanaged dedicated servers you will only receive the actual server along with the needed related equipment to manage it. On the other hand, if you choose a managed server you will be given assistance to aid you set up and manage your dedicated server in addition to what you get when deciding on the unmanaged server alternative. If you opt to go with the latter you will only need to be concerned about the content of your site and hardly anything else.

Once you have understood which kind of dedicated server to select it is now time to choose where you might get it. The ideal place to research your dedicated server purchase is online. You should be able to very efficiently discover the top server suppliers and the websites where you ought to buy them. Yet another thing that can help you in figuring out which dedicated server to acquire is the online product critical reviews you can find all over the internet. Doing your research properly will most likely translate into a very good purchase.

Buying a dedicated server for your business is a major decision and you shouldn’t make it in a rush. For numerous businesses the pricing of a dedicated server is enough reason not to get this upgrade so you might need to make sure that you can afford it previous to actually paying for it. If the numbers work out right, a dedicated server can be a great benefit to your business, boost your organization, and raise your business’s overall performance. But just as the dedicated server can be a plus for your organization, it can also turn out to be a minus if your organization didn’t really need it.

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