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Great discussion on streaming here, and lots of good input. Here’s a bit more info on streaming from your home connection.
I agree that most ISPs will flip out if you are doing any heavy lifting from home, but how they react and what the limits are can be difficult to discern.
I have been lightly streaming from my Comcast connection for three years, and so far, everything has been working OK. There have been a few bumps and bruises, and a few provisos, so here’s what it’s been like so far.
I started with an app called Streamer using Oddcast and Winamp. I used an old PC 233 box and WIN 98 and streamed 20 kbps mono of garage band/independents with no ASCAP/BMI issues to worry about. This also means the stream wasn’t that popular, ’cause I wasn’t playin’ the hits, so that kept traffic low.
When that box died I switched to a 166 running WinMedia encoder 7.0 and an 8 kbps stream of my part 15 xmtr. I have very little in the way of listener loads, it’s mostly a novelty, and a way for me to check my transmitter when I’m away from home – I currently stream from an AM radio that receives my station, and the radio is the source for my streaming server, not my audio chain, so there’s that.
I did buy the multiple IP upgrade from comcast ($5.95 for up to 5 different IPs), so I could connect my streaming PCs directly rather than use a router. I suspect that allows for significant additional bandwidth use, as the expectation on the ISP end is that there will be more users and more traffic.
I did not try to get a static IP, and I’ve found that as long as the PC is on and connected the IP doesn’t change very much. In fact, while on and connected my IP only changed once in three years, when Comcast bought some other outfit back east and started using a different server farm for my location.
The IP will change if the PC has been up for a long time and then is taken off line. I’ve always had a new IP after a restart with more than three months on line.
If you want to stream guild property like BMI/ASCAP stuff, you can use one of several services that have popped up that bundle the rights fees and bandwith fees into a single monthly payment, but you probably want to have some kind of revenue coming in to pay for that as it adds up fast.
For non-guild works like garage/independents I would suggest trying a home server just to learn more about how it works. It’s really cool to have the box on your premises, and being able to play with the different serving and encoding technologies is fun.
At today’s hardware prices you can probably build a light duty server for next to nothing, as a sub-gigHz box and small HD with a moderate amount of ram and a nice sound card will probably get you started.
If your stream gets so popular the bandwidth becomes a problem, well, congratulations!!!