In this article I want to clear up the differences between what a CDN does, what bandwidth is and why you need it for your Internet TV site, and the difference in what web hosting is.
When you have a Internet TV station it is not just a website. Many people are under the impression that any shared hosting account will be able to handle their Internet TV site. If you look at most hosting companies for example, Go Daddy, host gator, and many others they offer what they call shared hosting. This is a hosting package in which one server is shared by hundreds of paying customers. They offer what they call “unlimited bandwidth” Which is not so unlimited when it comes to video. Compare it to your phone company who gives you unlimited long distance, but if you were to run a telemarketing company out of your home they would call that an abuse of service and shut your unlimited long distance down. When it comes to video there is no unlimited bandwidth for hosting. Bandwidth costs money.
There are three key ingredients for the backend of an Internet TV station. First your shared web hosting only holds your website files. For example your graphics your HTML code or contact us form those are the only things that your web hosting account holds. Your video files are going to be very large. It is common for many Internet TV stations to have hundreds or thousands of gigabytes of video and these videos are not stored on your shared web hosting account. Instead you must have a CDN.
A CDN does two things first it stores your video content and second it delivers the video to your viewers seamlessly without buffering or shutting down. A CDN has the proper server set up and configuration for video play out and delivery.
Your bandwidth is what people are using to see your videos. For example if you have 100 viewers viewing your Internet TV station at the same time and your video is let’s say 500 MB long each of those viewers is watching that video at a certain bit rat. For example let’s say 256 kB a second; Then there is a certain amount of bandwidth that has to be used in order for that video to display properly to all 100 customers at the same time. People naturally think that the bandwidth is coming from the viewers Internet service provider. Well that’s true but the video also must be delivered to the Internet service provider. In other words there is a server doing the upload providing the video upload and then the viewer who is downloading the stream. So if you do not have a proper CDN and server configuration then the upload of the video content to those 100 simultaneous viewers will not take place, or if it does take place it will cause most of the viewers player to buffer continuously until they just close your site.
So not only do you have to have a proper Internet TV site with proper Internet TV features to build playlists, you also need a CDN. Now if you are a little bit intimidated don’t be. We have complete turnkey packages that provide you everything you need. We are not only a CDN but we also provide you your own Internet TV site with your own custom design. This means that you can market your own name, your own domain name and self brand yourself. Your viewers will have no idea that in the background we are there providing the service.
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So you want to start your own web TV channel? You have an idea that you just know will work if you can get it out there. Well that is great you have come to the right place. As with most people you want to learn more of how to do this and get your project off the ground. You have an idea you just need to know where to go with it. In this article I will help you understand more about web TV and how it works.
The first thing you need to understand is your own web TV channel is going to work similar to any typical website. You have a front end and you have a back end (also known as a CMS or admin panel). The front end acts as your store front. It give your site or Internet TV channel the look and feel you want. This is what your viewers sees when they type in your domain name and visit your web TV channel. The back end (CMS or Admin Panel) is what you use to control the front end of your web TV site. This is where you can control the text on the about us page or the home page. You can upload new graphics, banner ads and so forth. It is the “behind the scenes” aspect of running your website. In the world of web TV this admin panel is also where you would upload your videos and arrange them in the order you want to create a “play list”. This play list is very important because this is what your viewers will see and the order of the videos that will play when they go to your site. There are also several different configurations for a play list. You can have a play list that starts with video one, and plays through a complete list of videos. Or you can have more advanced features such a “scheduled play list”. This type of play list will play videos on a schedule so that anyone visiting your site they are all watching the same thing similar to a real TV channel.
Besides just your from end and your back end admin panel you also need a CDN. A CDN is simply a content Delivery Network. It is not possible to run a web TV channel on a shared hosting account. Video requires large amount of bandwidth that any shared hosting account will not allow even if they advertise unlimited bandwidth (it will never include unlimited for a video channel). A CDN will store your videos on their servers and stream it to your site. So that multiple people from anywhere in the world can see the video without buffering. Without a CDN if more than one or two people tried to view your video simultaneously it would buffer and buffer or would crash. This is why a CDN is key to making it all work perfectly.
So how do you begin? Well you should browse our site because we are a one stop solution for web TV. We are our own CDN and we have complete turn-key packages that allow you to begin your Internet TV site quickly. Our packages will come with a custom design and the CMS and the CDN necessary to make your web TV channel come alive. All you need to provide is a domain name. If you want us to get the domain name for you we can also do that. Feel free to browse our site( www.tvstartup.com). Click on “Internet TV packages” to see what we offer.
I get this question I think more than any other question. “What is needed to start my Internet TV Station”?. Of course this can vary greatly from one project to another but in most cases you would be surprised how easy it is to start your own Internet TV station. In most cases nothing is needed except your computer. For the sake of this article however lets ignore the “production” side of things. It is generally understood you will be producing video or acquiring the rights to video content for your internet TV channel.
A traditional TV channel has what they call a “video server”. This is where you can house your hundreds of hours of programing and schedule it for broadcasting. This is where your play list is generated and played. The video stream goes out the output of your video server and into an encoder and sent via satellite or high speed private network to your cable operator. Now for a traditional TV channel this is a necessary piece of equipment. The video server is also what would display onscreen graphics like sports scores, stock quotes, and other on screen graphics. This process is what gives a channel its look and feel.
So what does this have to do with Internet TV? Well for one a Internet TV channel can have this built into their site to where the play list is automated using a database and PHP. A real TV station is far more demanding than a Internet station. So the process of managing video content and developing your play list can now be done with software built into your Internet TV site. This process is controlled from the admin panel. Your admin panel or your “CMS” is where you can upload and manage your video content. Scheduling videos hours, days, or months in advance to play at specific times or in a specific order.
The notion that many people have that you need thousands of dollars of equipment is an outdated thought process. Now do not misunderstand me. There are some Internet TV station that need a traditional video server. Especially for those that may be broadcasting sports online and need a real time application to overlay dynamically changing graphics (like sports scores, or stock quotes). In these cases it would be advantageous to invest in such a server. However for the average company broadcasting online such equipment is not needed.
So what equipment is really absolutely necessary to have your own Internet TV station? Well surprisingly the answer is NOTHING!. Yes everything these days can be controlled using web applications and this is great news for people and companies with much smaller budgets that want to start their own Internet TV station.
All of our Internet TV packages already come with everything programmed into your Internet TV site and there is no need for additional equipment. Our packages are turn key and come with the TV website (you use your own domain) the admin panel, and the bandwidth needed. Feel free to check out our Channel Manager by clicking here.
If you are looking to start a TV station online you have come to the right place. Many people have un answered questions when it comes to starting an online station. Many people just have no idea where to begin or how much money to budget for such a project. In this article I will give you a few tips to help you understand the process so that you can begin.
The first thing you have to understand is what is a online TV station. It is a hyped up website with a video player and a play list. For a online TV station to work you have to have a front end and a back end. Your front end is what the customer sees. It is the the look and feel that you want your online station to have. This is where your viewer and customer will experience your channel and the features you have programmed into it. The back end is called “CMS” or “content management system”. This is where you manage the front end of your website. This is where you can upload and schedule your videos for playout. This is a very important part of your Internet TV website. In fact it is so important that your online station does not function without it. The management of your online station is done from this CMS (admin panel). Typically it acts as a back door to your website and you log in with your user name and password.
It is important that before you start a TV station online that you write down how you want the site to function and all the capabilities you want it to have. All of these things need to be discussed before your site is built. For example if you want to charge a subscription fee, have a video on demand page for archived videos or whatever it is you want to do these features must be built into the admin panel. Your CMS or admin panel will give you the power to build play lists, upload archived videos, manage your written content and much more.
So how much does it cost to begin. Well we specialize in these services. We have turn key packages starting at just $199/month. Our packages are complete with a complete Internet TV site with a custom design tailored just to your needs. The site come complete with the CMS that you require to run your station. You can use your own domain name as our sites are white labeled so that your viewers have no idea we are the ones that provided the site. We also act as your CDN and can handle all of your bandwidth needs. This way you can still keep your shared hosting account to run your station but the videos will play pulling the bandwidth from our servers. You can feel free to view all of our packages by clicking here or feel free to browse our site for our other services.
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Starting an Internet TV station can be both fun and exciting. With millions of people online looking for videos it is easy to see why Internet TV is exploding and is the video distribution platform of the future. However what is important to keep in mind is your Internet TV station is not a station without content. It is just a platform to distribute your videos or your content.
So let’s talk about the different broadcasting aspects of your Internet TV station. You have prerecorded video (streaming), Video on Demand , and live broadcasting. Lets us first talk about streaming. This is where many people get confused because they really do not know what streaming means. When referring to streaming we are speaking of the ability to stream several “prerecorded” videos together to make a “stream” or a TV channel if you will. In satellite and cable they call this a “linear” channel. It is a internet TV channel that has a schedule and resembles a standard TV channel that you might receive on a satellite or cable subscription.
So how is your streaming channel setup? Well if you purchased a Internet TV channel from us then you have a few options. However it all boils down to one simple concept. You need to upload your videos to your site (or our server) and then arrange them in the order you want them to play. This is called a “Play list”. Once you create your play list your videos will then play in the order you arranged them on your Internet TV site. Once the play list is finished it then automatically “loops” and begins to play again. This way you always have your streaming channel playing. You can always add or take away videos or re arrange your play list.
Lets now talk about “live” broadcasting onto your site. This is by far one of the questions I get asked the most. However let us discuss the particulars. For example if you want to broadcast live onto your site then you have to decide if you will take down your steaming feed (your prerecorded play list) and then broadcast your live feed into your main video player. You could also decide to have a separate page for live broadcasts and when broadcasting live you could indicate it on your home page with something like “Live broadcast in progress click here to join”. Either way the live broadcasts are configured in your admin panel. If you bought a Internet TV package through us then this is already available in your admin panel and was configured the way you wanted it when it was purchased.
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Video on Demand is what I refer to as “archived videos”. YouTube is a great example of video on demand because none of the videos are “live”. In other words these are videos that are not streaming on your main page and they are not live. These could be old videos that you streamed in the past but are now storing on your site as a archived video. You could have a separate page for video on demand or you could have your archived videos under your main player or on the left or right hand side of your home page (with thumbnail icons). Video on demand videos are also uploaded through your admin panel where you can add a description and place it where you want in your video on demand list.
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