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Hey everyone!

Wasn't too sure if this was the right section to post in so forgive me if I'm out.

Long story short I've helping a friend setup quite a large project. He's basically going to be hosting an event and wants it to be hosted online. There's going to be potentially thousands of viewers (the Facebook fan page has almost a 100,000 followers) so we're expecting a lot of traffic.

Anyway I've been looking into solutions for him and just wanted a second opinion. There's quite a few great sites that offer too host the event and there really easy to set up. For example this site sort out everything for you and make it really easy to set up. you just start the broadcast and use a program like xsplit or adobe flash media live, enter in the streaming information and before you know it you're broadcasting. The only issue is the packages they offer sky rocket up to thousands of pounds as soon as you mention anything over a 1000 viewers.

So I just wanted to know if anyone has set up a media streaming server/site before and how the experience went...

We can't use ustream because the event is going to be pay per view, and ustream doesn't allow embedding if you use their ppv service.

Renting a private server with unlimited bandwidth and such seems a lot cheaper. Do you think this would work? And then I'd just have to install a program like adobe flash media server and it'd be up. But would one server be enough to serve 1000s of users?

So yeah any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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Twitch.tv offers free hosting. You don't get certain things like selectable video quality unless you are partnered with them but other than that you can stream at 2560x1440 @ 192kbps audio to twitch.tv for free. You'd just have to give everyone a link to the stream channel and when it will be live.

If this is something you will do on the regular you may want to contact Twitch.tv about a partnership because you can make some good money if you bring in a lot of viewers.

I have a twitch account I sometimes stream on, I stream WoW at the above settings and it works great. I use XSplit with a personal license. Best part is, I don't have to pay Twitch.tv for anything because ads run on the site.
 
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Well, when you are talking about simultaneously streaming to 1000 uses, that's going to take a decent amount of bandwidth...considering the content, resolution, and quality of the material being streamed. If you are looking for software like the one you linked, to support 1000+ connections...it's going to be costly, so you may want to find something that's Open Source.

I don't have anything specific I can share, as far as a PPV style streaming software...but if it's a recorded video, I would definitely do a VPS and store the content there, since most VPS have great connections. If you are doing a lot of different videos like this, then this software might interest you:
http://videola.tv/

It's built on Drupal (direct competitor to WordPress), and allows you to stream your videos, which charging for them in a subscription (i.e. Netflix) style, or in an ad-supported style (i.e. Hulu), or a rental style (i.e. Amazon). PPV style is a future feature, so it's not there yet...but you could rent your videos to customers? Unlimited access for a certain amount of time for a certain amount of money. It would probably take some work getting it set up, but if you are building a business around streaming self-created videos...and lots of them, this could be a great option for you. I know Drupal is free, so I would THINK these are extensions are as well...but I don't know for sure.
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Thanks for the replies guys. I'm not sure if Twitch Tv would be an option though, we've been told by the sponsors that the event has to be PPV. So any videos we streamed would be behind a paywall, so you'd have to pay to get access, so having the video up on a public site wouldn't be a great idea!

Unfortunately, it's all going to be a live broadcast, so probably a no go for that unfortunately frown.gif

Would renting a dedicated server like this.... http://www.123-reg.co.uk/dedicated-server-hosting/ with "unlimited" bandwidth and the right software installed do the job??
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Where are your viewers mostly located? Might want to look at webhostingtalk.com for dedicated server information, they are alot more specialized for these kinds of things. You might need to distribute the load across multiple servers, especially if you plan on streaming to 1000 people at the same time.
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You can setup PPV on twitch.tv you would just need to get into contact with them. Issue with twitch though is it is only for video games, justin.tv is the same company but for everything else. own3d.tv is another really good live streaming service that supports ppv and supports literally everything you can imagine streaming. If its legal its streamable.
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