Originally posted by oles I'm looking around for dedicated or colocated server mostly for realaudio streams rebroadcasting from Ukraine radios
Those above are all relevant suggestions (we too use RackShack and FDC Servers), but first you probably need to answer a question: how much bandwidth do you plan to use?
Radio does not take up too much -- 28 Kbit per user should be enough for mono, 56 Kbit for stereo, so you can have 20 users listening simultaneusly on each 1 Mbps stream if you don't use multicast. Current prices for 1 Mbps are around $60, or, if you sign-up with Cogent directly, $3,000 per 100 Mbit. You have to take into account though you can't utilise Cogent link 100%, on very high load it probably will be utilized at 50%.
I once was thinking about broadcasting TV in MPEG4 (1 Mbps per channel). Free software and non-expensive hardware are already available (you can encode MPEG4 with 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 in real time), but I did not find enough people interested to watch TV on PC.
(Slightly off-topic) I have a quick question about Cogent's pricing. dabystru writes "if you sign-up with Cogent directly, $3,000 per 100 Mbit."
However, on the main page of their site (cogentco.com), it says "100 Mbps for $1000/month" However, I've seen this $3000 figure mentioned before -- why the 300% discrepancy? (I think their gigabit line is $30,000 a month, you didn't just divide that by 10, did you?)
I'm very curious about the pricing deal here, as Cogent says very clearly that service is $1000/month, but $3000 seems to be a VERY common number. Can someone please explain?