Hey all. Trough this may be little weird for you to understand I'm wondering in global how does the streaming-related hosting stands like? Mainly the hosting for radio-stations that want to broadcast online or so-caller Internet radios or web casters or so.
As my point of view, this is pretty good point, if you have the right people with you
As now I host one of the biggest streaming servers in my country, that broadcasts national radio stations across the country via the national network peerings (not visible outside my country) and get quite a nice paypout ratio (I use a dual core xeon with 4GB ram and a gigabit uplink, the total cost is really low).
Soon I got a dedicated server from 100tb.com and planning to run a streaming-related business. Hosting the radios in my coutry is dead easy, I get the feeds from the studios and forget about it, because all radios use high-quality peering connections and never dropout, they are 1-3 hops away, <1ms up to 3ms ping)
But how about providing hosting for the public? I think that i must begin with a control panel, whmcs panel, support and perhaps something else that i'm not aware of?
What's your opinion about it? Does providing that kind of "hosting" worth that much time?
As I see many stream hosts charge like a lot for a "slot". I don't think I can ever pull out $10 for like 10 listener slots at 128 kbit/s ...
One local company started the SMS shoutcast servers, for like 4 dollars worth per SMS, you get access to a server with 20 slots at 64 kbit/s limit for 15 days. Or the same one with 35 slots and 30 days term cost $10...
In this situation I don't see the point, when I can get (and pretty much everyone at my country) a decent brand server for <$400 and co-location with gigabit uplink (local peering, not Internet!) for <$50 ...
And so on... i can give lots of examples. So, I'm waiting for your opinion.