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Free Radio and Video Streaming Credit

Free Radio and Video Streaming Credit

Get started with Radio and Video Streaming with a free £10 credit on us!

Choose from :

  • SHOUTcast V1 and V2 with or without Auto DJ
  • Icecast
  • Wowza Media Streaming Engine Video

Simply choose a package from our prices page or configure your own and add the promotion code freecredit10 to the checkout.

No payment info needed – if you do not wish to continue with the streaming package after the first month simply let us know or cancel from the billing area with no charge.

If you have any questions or would like help building your perfect package, please feel free to get in contact here 

Useful Links

http://streamgb.com/radio

http://streamgb.com/video

http://streamgb.com/blog/difference-between-shoutcast-and-icecast-streaming/

http://streamgb.com/blog/how-to-start-an-internet-radio-station/

http://streamgb.com/radio-streaming-guide

http://streamgb.com/video-streaming-guide

 

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Submit your Station to Internet Radio Directories

Submit your Station to Internet Radio Directories

Submit your Station to Internet Radio Directories

Once you have your Internet radio station up and running the next step is to promote your station and get more listeners by submitting your details to Internet radio directories.

  • If you are streaming with SHOUTcast V1 your station will automatically get added to the SHOUTcast directory.
  • Icecast also has an automatic option to be listed on the Icecast directory.
  • With SHOUTcast V2 you can submit specific information via the SHOUTcast Interface to be listed on the SHOUTcast directory.
  • You can choose to be listed or not listed on these directories by selecting ‘public’.

This is a great starting point but there are many other Internet radio directories you can submit your information to and grow a wider audience.

Submit your information to as many directories as possible and get your radio station heard.

TuneIn

TuneIn - Internet Radio Directories

TuneIn radio directory is 1 of the most important directories to get your station listed on.

As well as the directory listing, your station can be played through the TuneIn app available on Iphone and Android devices. TuneIn is also available on smart TV’s.

You can submit your Internet radio station to TuneIn by clicking here.

InternetRadio

Internet Radio Logo - Internet Radio Directories

A growing platform for Internet Radio listings with thousands of stations ordered by genre.

You can Submit your Internet radio station to InternetRadio by clicking here

Windows Media Radio

Windows Media Radio - Internet Radio Directories

  • Your station name
  • Your business name
  • Your web site address
  • Your country or territory
  • Please confirm that your station complies with your applicable territories’ (country’s) laws
  • Please confirm your station is 24×7
  • What is your current user traffic to your station(s)?
  • How many stations do you currently have and what genres?
  • A direct streaming link to the station you are submitting

*MP3 only. Submit your station and port without the .pls extension IE http://myserver.streamgb.com:8000

You can submit your Internet radio information by emailing the above to tuner@microsoft.com

Streaming The Net

Streaming The Net - Internet Radio Directories

A great place to get your station discovered in different countries around the world.

You can also list your streaming TV station as well as radio stations.

Click here to add your channel to Streamingthe.net

Streema

Streema - Internet Radio Directories

Over 70,000 Online radio stations listed on the Streema directory.

Click here to submit your info to Streema

DeliCast

Delicast Logo - Internet Radio Directories

A simple directory for radio and TV streaming stations

Click here to add your details to Delicast

Radio.com

Radio.com Logo - Internet Radio Directories

Online Radio and TV Station directory that includes it’s own IOS and Android apps for listeners to tune in to.

Click here to submit your details to Radio.com

Filter Music

Filter Music Logo - Internet Radio Directories

Listing of popular underground electronic and dance music radio stations around the world.

Click here to submit your Internet radio station to Filter Music

Radio Tower

Radio Tower Logo - Internet Radio Directories

A simple directory listing thousands of radio stations.

Click here to submit your Internet radio station to Radio Tower

Screamer Radio

Screamer Radio Logo - Internet Radio Directories

Over 4000 stations listed by date, country and genre.

Click here to suggest your Internet radio station to Screamer Radio

Radio Guide

Radio Guide Logo - Internet Radio Directories

An easy to use directory with online radio player.

Click here to submit your Internet radio station to RadioGuide.FM

Live Online Radio

Live Online Radio Logo - Internet Radio Directories

A wide range of Online Radio stations listed by country, language and genre.

Click here to submit your Internet radio station to Live Online Radio

Live Radio

Live Radio Logo - Internet Radio Directories

An Irish based directory listing radio stations all over the world.

Click here to add your Internet radio station to Live Radio

 

Start your online radio station today with a free 14 day trial from Stream GB

How to start an Internet Radio Station

How to start an Internet Radio Station

How to start an Internet Radio Station

You want to start an  Internet Radio Station but there is a minefield of complicated information to digest. This guide aims to help you set up your first Radio Station and get your content broadcasting to the world.

Step 1 – Choose what content to broadcast

Before you start you will want to choose what content you will be broadcasting. Most Internet Radio Stations are music based but you could also broadcast speech only or a mixture of both.

If your station is music based it is a good idea to decide on the main music genres you will be broadcasting.

Step 2 – Decide if your station will broadcast live, from Auto DJ or a mixture of both.

This is an important step before you start your station.

If you choose to broadcast live without the back up of an online Auto DJ service will you be able to keep your content available 24/7?

Live Only

Radio Stations with a central studio will often broadcast live from the studio and if they do not have live DJ’s they will have a system in place to automate their playlist content.

There are many automation systems like WideOrbit Automation that are used typically by commercial Radio Stations.

Sam Broadcaster is also a tool of choice when automating content.

For more budget solutions you may decide to automate content with free tools such as Winamp or iTunes.

 

 

Auto DJ

Auto DJ is an online playlist system where you can upload your content to broadcast when you have no live feed available.

This works in the same way that software automation systems work but are hosted online.

Stream GB use the most popular Auto DJ system Centova Cast to deliver your content.

  • Auto DJ Upload content via control panel or FTP
  • Automatic stream recovery
  • Custom scheduled playlists
  • Heavy, light and medium rotation
  • Drag and drop content
  • Track statistics
  • Album art
  • Allow DJ permissions to upload content
  • Royalty reports

As your content is stored online Streaming Media Providers typically charge by the disc space you use for Auto DJ.

Step 3 – Choose your Streaming Platform

SHOUTcast and Icecast

There are 2 main streaming platforms to choose from, SHOUTcast and Icecast.

For new Radio Stations SHOUTcast V2 is recommended as your station can be added to the SHOUTcast streaming directory which will help your station grow a following.

Icecast has it’s own directory but typically the SHOUTcast directory is more widely used and a great start to get new listeners.

You can read more about the pros and cons of these 2 platforms in more detail in our Difference between SHOUTcast and Icecast article.

 

Step 4 – ChoMP3 Logoose a streaming codec

MP3 –  is the most widely used codec and supported by the majority of Streaming Encoders. This is best to use for compatibility.

HE-AAC –  is suitable for Bitrates up to 128k. A 48k HE-AAC stream can sound similar to the quality of a 128kbps MP3 stream. Typically used for mobile devices on data plans. HE-AAC is not as compatible with playback devices as mp3 and would be recommended as a second option.

 

Step 5- Choose a Bitrate

In simple terms the bitrate you choose will determine the audio quality of your Radio Station. The higher the bitrate the better your stream will sound.

Higher bitrates use more data transfer from the streaming server to the end listener. This is something to keep in mind when delivering content to mobiles on data plans.

Bitrates are typically measured in ‘KBPS’ (Kilo Bits Per Second) and in terminology can be shortened to ‘K’ For example ‘128k’.

Many Radio Stations will offer more than 1 stream to cater for different network conditions at the end users location.

With Stream GB Auto DJ plans we can automate this process for you by outputting different lower rates from 1 high KBPS stream.

  • 320 KBPS MP3 – High quality-Better than CD quality.
  • 256 KBPS MP3 – True CD quality sound.
  • 128 KBPS MP3 – Minimum Bitrate for a good near on CD sounding stream
  • 80-96  KBPS MP3 – Minimum for low bandwidth connections from the encoder.
  • 24-64 KBPS MP3  – Low quality sound typically for mobile content on data plans.

Step 6 – Choose your expected listener count

If you are purchasing an audio streaming plan you will need to select how many maximum listeners your stream can handle. The more listeners you have, the more data transfer you will use.

For billing purposes Radio Streaming Providers typically charge by a mixture of bitrate and maximum listener slots. With stream GB you can upgrade your listener slots at any time, so for cost purposes it’s best to start low and upgrade as your station grows.

A typical example of a new Internet Radio Station would be:

50 Maximum listener slots streaming at 128kbps.

Step 7 – Download a Streaming Encoder for live streaming

Internet Radio Butt Streaming Encoder

There are many free and paid streaming encoders available to use with SHOUTcast and Icecast.

A simple encoder we recommend is butt – broadcast using this tool.

This is a simple encoder that is light on computer resources and runs on Mac OS X, as well as Linux and Windows.

As well as streaming your shows to the server, you can also record the shows to your computer.

If you have purchased a plan from a Streaming Provider like stream GB you will receive the following details by email to enter in to your encoder.

  • Server Hostname or IP address
  • Server port
  • Your server streaming password
  • Your chosen maximum bitrate
  • The platform – IE SHOUTcast (v1)

You can view a full guide to this encoder with download link by clicking the following link:

http://streamgb.com/radio-streaming-guide

Step 8 – Start Streaming your Internet Radio

If you have purchased a plan through a streaming Media Provider like Stream GB you will receive a control panel login where you can administrate your stream and control the Auto DJ if purchased.

The control panel will also list your streaming URL to submit to directories and provide you with links to play your stream with external players like iTunes, Winamp and Windows Media Player.

Now you can start streaming to the world!!

Why not get started with a free 14 day trial from Stream GB. You can test SHOUTcast v1, v2, Icecast and Auto DJ

Difference between SHOUTcast and Icecast Streaming

The difference between SHOUTcast V1, V2 and Icecast Streaming

Radio Streaming Mixer

Stream GB offers 3 different types of streaming platform for audio radio streaming.

  • SHOUTcast v1
  • SHOUTcast v2
  • Icecast

 

All 3 radio streaming platforms are quite similar and our radio streaming control panel will display all 3 in the same way. There are however pros and cons of each platform that are outlined below.

SHOUTcast V1

The original audio streaming platform used by thousands around the world. This platform is still popular today for its ease of use, stability and simplicity.

Originally developed by Nullsoft and was created in 1998.

AOL purchased Nullsoft in 1999 and then sold the platform in 2014 to online radio aggregator Radionomy.

 V1 Pros

Listing on the shoutcast.com directory – The directory has thousands of online radio stations and is also syndicated by other directories allowing exposure of your Internet radio station.

Simplicity – SHOUTcast V1 has been around for some years and radio station owners are more likely to have used this version in the past allowing a familiar interface.

MP3 and AAC Live Streaming

V1 Cons

V1 does not allow for mount points and if you use Auto DJ there is no automatic switching feature. You or your DJ’s will have to manually log in to the control panel in order to stop Auto DJ when you wish to go live.

Auto DJ can only use mp3 format.

 SHOUTcast V2 Pros

Automatic source switching when using Auto DJ. When you or 1 of your DJ’s wishes to connect in live, the stream will automatically switch to the live source.

You can upload mp3 and AAC files to the Auto DJ system.

Multiple bitrate usage with mountpoints.

V2 Cons

Older users of SHOUTcast V1 will notice a change in the D.N.A.S interface and advanced options.

Icecast

Icecast was created in 1998 as an open source audio streaming server and allows anyone to modify its contents to their specific needs. This platform allows for Ogg Vorbis as well as mp3 and AAC.

Icecast Pros

Icecast allows for multiple mount points allowing you to switch from 1 source to another. A perfect example of this is our Auto DJ system. You can simply connect in live on the encoder and the source will automatically switch from Auto DJ to live and back again when you disconnect.

Icecast is used well with HTML5 based players on desktop and mobile devices. Some devices even allow for the playing of the stream in the background when the mobile web page is not on show.

Multiple Bitrate usage with mountpoints.

Icecast cons

Your stream will not be listed on the SHOUTcast directory but will be listed on the Icecast directory instead. The SHOUTcast directory typically gets more views then the Icecast directory would do.

Summery

SHOUTcast V1 is great for users who like the familiarity of the user interface whilst SHOUTcast V2 and Icecast have more features and automatic Auto DJ switching.

All 3 of these services can be added to the Tunein and iTunes radio directories to increase your listeners.

New Stream GB Blog

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New Stream GB Blog

Welcome to the new Stream GB blog!!

We will be covering different aspects of Radio Streaming, video Streaming and Web site Hosting including guides, tutorials and valuable software.

The blog will be growing daily with new articles being added all the time.

If you would like to write an article on anything relating to the above topics or anything in the streaming media industry, please feel free to contact us.

As well as our new blog we have a growing knowledge base section where you can find answers to frequently asked questions.

Thank you for taking the time to look and we hope you enjoy the content published.