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  1. #1
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    VPS for shoutcast feed

    I am going to negotiate with some local radio station on a possibility to help them go live on internet. What are your suggestions on use of VPS for broadcasting a shoutcast feed? What are viable options?

    - RackForce 1.5mbps VPS
    - JVDS essential unlimited (3mbps shared)
    - ???

    I guess since it's a radio broadcast I should not risk and propose limited bandwidth option. IMHO it wont be more then 10-20-30 listeners in a time but better safe then sorry...

    Did someone try a VPS as an internet broadcasting station?

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    It would work, however using unmetered/shared bandwidth for broadcasting is highly unreccomended, you need good quality bandwidth, that isn't oversold.

    Remember 1mbit is around 300GB/mo or 36x 28k slots (which is generally what they are).

    Dan

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    I did think about this option as well. But it would be harder to explain to the radio station the idea of Gigabyte limit then the listener limit. But - yes I understand your point. But then - allocated bandwidth plans are also oversold aint they?

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    As long as the bandwidth is burstable, you are probally best to be on a transfer quantity limit instead of rate limit, because I would assume the load is not evenly distributed... people probably tune in during the day more then late at night.
    Kevin

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    You mentioned shoutcast. This is difficult to implement on a VPS using Virtuozzo. I believe you need access to rool level and normally VPS does not give you this.

    Ask around to see if anyone has used shoutcast on a VPS successfully.

    Let us know how you make out with your project.

  6. #6
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    VPS using Virtuozzo, UML etc all have root access and I've run Shoutcast on most of them without problem

    Rus
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    I'll second this with Rus. I have seen Shoutcast run on a lot of VPS's w/o any problem at all.
    Gary Jones

    BlueFur.com - Canada Web Hosting

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    I can triple that!

    The whole reason behind a VPS is so that you can have root access but on a 'shared' virtual level.

    Control!

    //Runs multiple shoutcast daemons on a few different VPS providers.

    OP,

    You should have no issue - just research any specific provider thoroughly before going with them.
    David
    Web hosting by Fused For businesses with more important things to do than worry about their hosting.

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