There are a few things to consider when selecting a streaming plan. What server do you want to stream from? How many listeners do you have? What’s the sound quality you need? Here’s a quick guide to answer some of those questions.
Concurrent listeners are the ones who tune into your online radio station at the same time. For example, if you choose a plan for 20 concurrent listeners, only 20 people can listen to you at the same time. If others are trying to tune in, and all 20 of your spots are full, they’ll have to wait until someone tunes out. If your listenership grows, you can change your plan at any time.
Your bitrate is measured in kilobits per second (kbps), which is the rate or speed at which data is being transferred from your stream. Higher bitrates provide better sound quality, but they’re also more costly because of the bandwidth they take up. Since our streaming platform outperforms most, even a bitrate of 64 kbps can produce CD-caliber sound. With SAM Broadcaster and SAM Cast, the encoding and processing has been optimized to provide great audio at lower bitrates, so you can save on costs.
With SpacialNet, you can stream from one of two server types: SHOUTcast or Windows Media. We strongly recommend the SHOUTcast server because of the great exposure it can give you on its extensive directory of over 50,000 online radio stations. Those who want to target the Windows audience may prefer the Windows Media server.