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Whats needed for live streaming?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by thizzladen, Dec 5, 2010.

  1. thizzladen

    thizzladen Power Member

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    I want to start my own live streaming website, pretty much like Justin.tv. I'm wondering what I would need to buy when it comes to hosting, scripts, etc. Anyone have a clue how much bandwidth it would take, and costs? The only difference is that I will be the one streaming content and not different people. Thanks.

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  2. thizzladen

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    Would it work like My PC > Dedicated server > Embed on website?

    Would that still take up bandwidth with my ISP?
     
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    If you're planning on doing it legit (ie no copyrighted content) then you'll need a RMTP server which don't come cheap. You're looking at a lot of bandwidth.

    If you just want to stream content I'd recommend just embedding streams from Justin.tv or Ustream as this will work out a lot more cost effective. It's obviously a lot more hassle maintaining channels and you'll need to put up with channels being banned and so on.

    I wouldn't recommend trying this unless you know what you're doing.
     
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    Well, I was planning on streaming various sports events, etc. from different different TV channels at home to one offshore dedicated server and then stream from the server to the blog, would this still take up bandwidth with my ISP and make them suspicous?
     
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    Very dangerous game you're playing there. I know people who have been in court over this stuff and I was in the game until about a year ago.

    How would you plan to monetize? It's pretty tricky these days with most incent networks being scared of copyrighted content. You might find you end up paying more for hosting than you make.
     
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    I've owned and maintained a movie site before so I would probably monetize it the same way. Either with PPI or a content gateway. I could spend up to $500 a month on hosting. Startup cost, advertising, and monetizing seem simple. It's just the technical part of getting it up and running is where I'm hitting the speed bumps.
     
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    Yeah, my point is that it's becoming a lot harder to monetize copyrighted content. It's a whole different game to 6-12 months ago. Not saying it can't be done though.

    $500 is a good start, get a decent dedi. Just stream from your TV to ustream/justin and embed on your site. Be prepared for your channel to get banned regularly, so have multiple accounts.

    Getting traffic is the easy part with these sites, running them is a whole different ball game, especially if you're streaming it yourself. A lot of headaches.