If you are in the broadcasting business or want to get into the broadcasting business then creating your own Roku channel is paramount. Creating a Roku channel is the quickest way to get your content in front of millions of people. Roku has sold over 50 million boxes and the number rises daily. Roku also makes their own branded TV with Roku built into it which makes them a real player in the Smart TV sector.
Lets first talk about the different aspects of owning and operating your own Roku channel. Even if you have created your own ROKU channel you still need a way to manage it. This includes creating video playlists, scheduling video playlists, managing VOD content and more. Obviously you also need a reliable CDN to allow seamless delivery of your video to your audience without buffering. In other words you need a Video Platform that can do all your behind the scenes work so that your channel has a professional look and feel.
Once you have your video platform in place then you need to decide on what you want your ROKU channel to look like and function. There are different styles of Roku apps. You have Roku apps that can deliver a “Netflix” type of feel and look. These apps typically order your content into categories and you assign videos to each category. Categories like Action, Comedy, Adventure, etc…. can help you organize content in a presentable way for your viewers.
You can create Roku channels that also deliver the look and feel of a “traditional” TV channel. In other words everything runs on a schedule. This means only what is scheduled is available for viewing just like watching real TV (of course your video platform will need to have this ability). You create lists of videos then schedule them for playing. Next you have apps that is a combination of the two. These roku apps that you create can do both VOD and your traditional TV channel (playlists). Typically these Roku channels will have the TV channels at the top of the app and the VOD content down below it. This allows your viewers to both watch live/pre-recorded (scheduled) content or browse your VOD content.
Last but not least is a custom Roku channel. This is where you design both the look and the functionality of your Roku channel. Roku uses a computer language called BrightScript. This language is unique only to Roku. This means that unlike other computer languages that can be used to write programs for multiple industries, BrightScript is only for Roku devices. This means that the cost of custom development is higher because less developers understand and can write using the BrightScript language.
How much does it cost to create a Roku channel? Typically you have your upfront cost for “development” and then you have the monthly cost for your video platform. If you are using a Roku app that has already been created by a video platform and used for existing customers (a template app) you can have your development costs significantly reduced (Less than $3000) and submitted to the Roku store. However custom apps can start at 7500 and go up to tens of thousands depending on what your requirements. Your monthly cost will typically be 200 to 500 a month no matter if you have a custom app or not.
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If you are reading this then you already know that ROKU is one of the most popular internet TV streaming devices with over 45 million units sold (as of 2018). Tens of millions of people tune in daily to watch ROKU and having your own channel there can lift your brand significantly.
Before we dive right into the development costs of Roku channels we first have to understand the different types of channels available on Roku. You have the standard linear channel that acts just like a traditional TV channel. This Roku channel is usually broadcast according to a schedule and has no VOD content. These are the least expensive Roku channels to make with less costs than more advanced apps. However keep in mind that if you are broadcasting schedule on ROKU that you still need a video playout machine or service to schedule and play your videos onto Roku.
Next you have Netflix style Roku apps that are centered for Video On Demand content. These apps usually contain categories of VOD content that displays to your viewers. The viewers then selects the category and then video they would like to play. These apps are great for displaying archived content as well. These apps are a little more expensive but still not to hefty. Keep in mind that your monthly cost for ROKU is going to be the video platform company you choose to manage it. You can not be on ROKU without a video platform to manage VOD categories (dynamic categories) creating video playlist and scheduling video playlists.
Next you have a combination app of both VOD content and live stream(s). We have made quite of few of these channels. We create apps that will include your live streams at the top (if you have more than one a viewer can select which one to watch) and your VOD content bellow the live streams. What we have really done here is given the live streams their own category. So no matter how many you have they appear in this category. So how much do these apps cost? Most of the time this will fall under a templated app. Meaning we have already created these for previous customers and now we can just rebrand them for your company and get it approved into the roku store. Typically you will spend less than $3000 upfront and anywhere from 200 to 500 a month for the video platform you will use to manage it.
Finally we have what you would consider “custom” Roku app development. This is where you have a custom design with custom functionalities. These apps are obviously the most expensive because they have not been created yet. A custom app can cost you anywhere from 7500 and go up considerably depending on your requirements. Roku development costs really depend on you and what your vision for your channel is. Roku has its own programming language called BrightScript. This has given Roku devices some unique abilities however having its own language has a drawback that developers have to learn new skills when creating Roku channels. So this obviously has caused the price to go up a bit.
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In this article we will talk about where to go to get your own Firetv TV channel and some of the pros of being on Amazon Firetv.
Today there are so many devices that are out there on the market today when it comes to choosing what platform you want to have your internet TV channel on. Roku, Apple TV, iPhone, Android, Android TV and last but not least Amazon Firetv. However with so many devices it can be difficult to choose which one is the best to get your channel on to expand your viewing audience.
So the advantages of being on Firetv is obvious; you have access to a large international audience and viewership. I really do not see a downside of getting on FIRETV except just managing the technical ends of it which can be difficult because the firestick is known for video stuttering and freezing in some cases. Other than that its a great platform. When we talk about international FIRETV beats out the ROKU because it has a much larger European audience (as well as a large US audience) than does the ROKU.
So what does it take to have your own channel on the Amazon Firestick platform? Well there are several pieces to this. If you have read our other articles then you know that you have to have a CDN (Content Delivery Network) because Amazon does not provide that. They will provide the platform but not the CDN. You also need some dedicated hosting to hold your networks cosmetic files (the files the viewers sees like logo and the way the app looks). You will also need a professional developer that understands video playback and encoding as well as memory configuration for apps that render streaming and VOD video solution. So several pieces that need to fit together to make your channel come alive.
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So what does all of this cost and how do I get started? You can check out our prices on our internet TV page that will give you an idea of the cost of getting started with your own Amazon internet TV channel. However if you want to do it yourself it can cost a bundle of money hiring CDN’s, programers and dedicated servers, that is why we offer this services all bundled in turn key packages. We give you the platfrom the control panel (for broadcasting your videos) as well as submit your app to the amazon App store (where Firetv Devices get their channels) so that your ready to go right out the box.
If you have video content that you want to distribute and maximize viewership then Firetv is the way to go. Its not only available in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, but also in Japan. Not to many devices can boast that!
If you need any advice setting up your firetv network don’t hesitate to contact us and get the process rolling I can assure you it is well worth your effort. Hope to see you on firetv!
Roku is one of the fastest growing platforms in the market today. With over 15 million devices sold and counting its no wonder why broadcasters want their own channel on ROKU. Its quite a better alternative to paying a satellite or cable TV subscription as well. Overall if you want to compete in the Internet TV world having a channel on ROKU is critical.
Roku development can be tricky and its always better to leave it to an expert. Your Roku developer would be familiar with the languages used to develop on its robust platform. However in the world of ROKU development just having the written code is not enough. There are many pieces of the puzzle that you need for your ROKU channel. Besides the actual physical channel you will also need a CDN (content delivery network) to delivery your channel to ROKU’s platform. A CDN is a network of specialized video servers that are tailored to video delivery through the internet. In other words they are configured specifically for the task of thousand of people watching your channel at the same time without the buffering or the crashing. Without a CDN you can not possible have a ROKU channel or any internet TV channel for that matter.
Is there a cost to be on ROKU? There is obviously a charge from your CDN and a charge for your ROKU development but to be listed on their system there is no charge for them to carry your channel. As an example there is no charge to be on the internet….but if you want to be on the internet you need to pay a hosting service to host your website, and a internet provider to access the internet…so in essence there is no charge to be on the internet yet there is a charge. Just like ROKU there are requirements that must be met for you to be included on their platform and that includes having a ROKU developer develop an app that will meet their quality standards and a CDN that will be able to deliver the video efficiently and effectively to their platform.
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Roku development can run into the tens of thousands and that’s why here at tvstartup.com we developed templates that we can re-brand for your company. This means that you can get started for very little overhead verses spending thousands. You can simply pick your template send us your logo and company information, and then we can publish it onto the ROKU platform quickly. We also have our own data center and CDN so that your channel runs smoothly and tens of thousands can watch it simultaneously. You can learn more about our roku channel by clicking on our internet TV page. We can also develop customized Roku apps for far less than most because our developers are in house verses most companies who have to freelance their development.
So the bottom line is if you want to save thousands and thousand of dollars on your ROKU project use a company that can provide you templates to choose from instead of custom development. You can not go wrong with your own ROKU channel!
Every day I get inquiries on how to start a satellite TV channel. I have consulted for hundreds if not thousands of companies, religious organizations, and entertainment companies on the subject. Having set up satellite TV channels around the world I have learned the trends and styles as they have evolved over the last decade. Although the satellite-TV is still very popular it will soon be overtaken in the next decade or two by Internet TV.
I often get inquiries for me to send complete equipment list for a satellite television channel. However it is not that simple and we do not provide full equipment list unless they are one of our consulting clients. There are several different configurations when it comes to satellite-TV. However I will just discuss the basics to give you an idea of cost and equipment.
First and foremost your video server also known as a play out server is the cornerstone of your satellite television station. This video server houses or holds your videos and creates playlists also it allows for the display of graphics across the screen for example sports scores, stocks quotes, and other such graphics. Next you need a live feed to the satellite uplink. Usually this is done with high-speed fiber or a dedicated high-speed Internet connection. What takes place Is the video signal comes out of the play out server and is encoded or compressed then it is sent into an IP box which is then sent over the Internet to the uplink station. Of course there is much more to it than just this but these are the basics for starting a channel. When I referred to basics I’m talking about only what it takes to get your videos or live feed on satellite and not any production costs associated with that.
So you’re probably wondering about costs and these can vary quite a bit. Video servers can cost anywhere from 8000 all the way up to hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on what you want them to do. Typically a set up can be done for under 50,000 sometimes even less if your requirements are not as stringent. However your monthly satellite costs can be anywhere from $8000 a month all the way up to $30,000 a month depending on what satellite you’re broadcasting on.
There are several shortcuts to save you a tremendous amount of money compared to what I quoted above; you can buy our book which has a detailed section on satellite television how to start one. If you look on our navigation bar you’ll see a link to our e-book it is a very helpful tool on starting a cable or satellite TV channel.
Regardless of your strategies or goals for your new satellite TV channel it’s always important to have a professional that can guide you through the process. I have seen several companies that I have been brought on to consult with that had made so many mistakes and cost themselves so much money that they did not have to spend. Companies such as ours save you so much money in the long run trying to take shortcuts in this business is a bad idea.
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.
If you or your company are thinking of making your own TV station then there are some preliminary steps you need to take to get started. You will need to begin by asking yourself some basic questions.
- What type of station will this be? Entertainment, NEWS, religious?
What will be my distribution platform? Satellite, Cable, or Internet?
Will you make your own video content? or will you purchase content? Maybe you will do some of both.
Will this be a 24/7 channel?
Will you need the ability to broadcast live? If you need the ability to broadcast live will this be from inside your studio or outside your studio? This is important because if you are a NEWS team and you want the ability to broadcast live then you would need to plan in advance for a way to deliver your live feed from the field. Then once the signal is delivered live to your studio it must still be put through a video server to add on screen graphics overlays and sent out live to your satellite or cable operator.
All of these above steps may seem elementary but you still need to take the time to write them down and discuss them with your team or board of directors. As the saying goes “the devil is in the details” and your planning stages should be comprehensive.
Next you need to decide on a studio location. Or decide where you will be setting up your equipment. There is no need to get an extravagant office down town. That is the beauty of TV is you only show what you want your viewers to see. Many of my clients have setup studios in their basement or in their own homes to save money and time. If you are just re-broadcasting prerecorded content then really you do not need a very large space at all. In fact you could do it from a closet.
Develop your work flow. Once you have the space you need then it is time to contemplate what type of equipment you will need. For example if you are starting a NEWS station then you need to take into consideration several elements. One your filming element. What type of cameras you need, how many cameras for multiple angles, the type of video server and graphics overlay you need (for stock quotes, scrolling headlines and so forth), virtual studio equipment and so on. Two you need to consider the sets you will be filming on. You need to decide how many sets what type of news desks, lighting and background. You will also need to decide the type of image you want your channel to portray and choose the right sets to do so. Three you need to configure a live feed from the field and a live feed from your studio to the satellite up link or cable operator.
As you can see putting together a TV station is a combination of several elements to many to be listed in just this short article. Another element you will need to face obtaining a carriage agreement with a satellite operator or cable operator. This in itself can be a task that can take up time and resources.
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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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Okay so now you and your team have decided that you want to start your own TV station. Maybe you are thinking “What do we do next”? How do we proceed? Well starting a TV channel is a general term. In this article I am just going to focus on the basics. However feel free to browse our site to learn more. We specialize in this field and have helped companies from around the world start their own channels. You may browse our site by clicking here.
So now that you decided to start your TV channel what are your goals. What is your targeted geographical area. I commonly ask this question; Where do you want to broadcast from? and Where do you want to broadcast too? Do you want the ability to broadcast live? Seems like simple questions but the answers help get the ball rolling. You need solid answers to this. If you are considering starting in London, or lets say Ghana you have a serious decisions to make. Many of our clients have been undecided on choosing between two locations to set up their channel. So if you want to start making your plans solid start making some solid decisions so that you can have the foundation for your channel.
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For this article I am going to discuss satellite TV. Although we help setup Internet TV, Terrestrial broadcast, and Cable Television Satellite TV seems to be the most popular choice as it reaches a large area for a much cheaper price. So I am sure you are thinking what are the next steps? You have decided on your location, you have decided where you want to broadcast from and broadcast too. You have decided you want to broadcast live. Next you need to decide if you are need the ability to produce your own video content or if you are going to purchase the rights. Most channels do a combination of both. If you are going to produce your own content this is an entirely separate subject that can be a lengthy discussion. However in short you need to know what type of content you want to produce so that you can effectively decide on the type of production studio you need. For example if you are only wanting to produce cartoons then it is obvious that you do not need a NEWS studio set or ANY set. Instead you would need a graphics and animation team. However if you are doing talk shows, sport shows, or NEWS you would need a production studio with sets, and maybe even a solid tricaster for virtual sets. Next you need to decide on the type of look and feel that you want your channel to have. If you really want a Professional American look and feel to your channel then you need to be careful to select the right equipment and the right people to run the equipment.
If you decided you want the ability to broadcast LIVE then you have several options. A satellite up link ( I believe is to expensive and outdated), point to point fiber, and smart cloud internet technology (which I plan to discuss in another article, as I feel this is the best method to deliver a Live feed). Assembling a TV channel is a methodical process of combining several factors. As you can see from this article the process starts by making solid decisions and then building upon those decisions to build your channel. I always suggest using a professional and you can feel free to contact us if you would like our team to set up your channel the way you envision it. We can save you a lot of time and money because we know what short cuts can be taken an which to avoid.Click here to contact us.
With millions of people tuning in to watch TV through satellite it is easy to understand why many companies and individuals are trying to start their own Satellite TV channel. It is an exciting opportunity for start up channels because they have instant access to millions of potential viewers already tuned in to satellite. So what are the steps involved? Well there are many different aspects; from choosing the right satellite (check out our blog article on how to choose the right satellite), choosing a production studio, choosing the correct video servers, and choosing the equipment to deliver your live feed from your studio to the satellite up-link. However in this article we are going to focus on choosing a video server and the equipment to deliver your live feed.
Let’s first discuss your video server (AKA playout). A video server is what schedules your videos. In other words you may load your video server with 500 hours of prerecorded content to broadcast on satellite. You then arrange the content in the order you want them to play. This is what is knows as a playlist. This playlist could be scheduled months in advance and contains your commercial inserts. Things that need to be considered when building and choosing a video server are; Will I need the ability to switch to a live broadcast from my studio? Will I need the ability to layer graphics over a live or prerecorded broadcast (example: Stock quotes, sports scores, scrolling marques and more). Do I want my channel to look as professional as possible? All of these factors need to be determined in order to choose the correct video server. The more features you want the more powerful it needs to be. Consider the video server the “core” of your satellite TV channel.
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So what other equipment do you need to consider to start your satellite TV channel? Well for one you need to decide how are you going to get your live feed from your studio to the up link station. There are several methods; Build a satellite up link (in excess of 100,000 USD), Install private fiber between two locations, or use high speed internet with a video over internet box. Although many channels around the world are still building up links I consider it out-dated and to expensive. The method I prefer the most is a 2Mb dedicated (upload) internet connection and video over internet box. This method is the same method that FOX NEWS , the NFL channel, and others around the world are beginning to use. There are companies that specialize in this method. Let me give you an example of how it works. Your live or prerecorded video feed is coming out the output of your video server and into the input of a encoder, and out the encoder into the input of a one of these little internet Video boxes. There is a box on the sending end and a box on the receiving end. These little boxes manage the video signal in real time and find the least congested internet path to deliver the live video feed. It uses smart cloud technology that allow the recovery of lost data packages to be recovered immediately. This ensures a clean, clear, and professional delivery of your video signal. The cost is much cheaper than spending hundreds of thousands on a satellite up link.
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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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If you read our site and some of our other blog posts you may find we talk quite a bit about the different techniques and strategies necessary to start a satellite TV channel. We talk about signal delivery, studio setup, video servers and several other issues. However one thing we have not discussed much about is what satellite or satellites should you broadcast on? This is indeed a question some people put no thought into while others put this as their number one priority.
If you already know what satellite you want to broadcast on and you are sure of your market potential then this article may do you little benefit. However if you are unsure or you are broadcasting to a country or countries that you are not familiar with then you need to keep a few facts in mind.
The first and foremost (and the most obvious) in your mind will be the geographical area (or better known as the satellite footprint) that the satellite covers. Most satellite footprints cover several countries or entire continents. However as impressive as a satellite footprint might sound it means nothing if there are not antennas tuned in to that satellite. In other words you can reach a entire continent but if there are no dishes (receivers/subscribers) pointed at that particular satellite then your effort is in vain. You may get a lower monthly rate for your satellite channel but how does that help if know one is watching? Church’s fall victim to this the most as they get sold on reaching a huge continent or area (for example Asia, or Europe or Africa) and are convinced to into signing a long term contract for a lower monthly price only to find out very few households actually are tuned in to that particular satellite.
Choosing a satellite depends on several factors.
One – The most single most important factor is how many people have antennas (dishes) pointed at that particular satellite? The more popular a satellite is the more it costs to broadcast on. A satellite reaching 1 million viewers will be much cheaper than one reaching 40 million.
Two – Is your channel a FTA channel? FTA stands for “Free to Air”. Do not let that confuse you as meaning free for you to broadcast. What it means is free for your viewers to see the channel without paying a subscription fee. Or are you going to charge a subscription fee for your channel? If there is a subscriptions fee some satellites may serve the purpose better than others.
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Three – Your budget. If you have a low budget then your options may be limited and you may have to make sacrifices to fit your budget. Although I never recommend broadcasting on a satellite with few viewers other techniques can be applied to lower the monthly fees. Some of these techniques deal with the compression of the video on the satellite transponder instead of using a fixed bit rate (Okay if that sounds confusing do not worry we can help you understand it easier). Pricing is always based on the amount of bandwidth you purchase. The more bandwidth the better quality of picture you have broadcasting to your viewers.
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Interested in starting your own internet TV station? Do you have unanswered questions and have no clue how to go about doing it? Well it is understandable to have questions. Starting a Internet TV station can be confusing if you do not know how it works. I am going to try to break it down as simple as possible to help you understand it.
Lets talk about the many different components of Internet TV. We will first begin by discussing the actual site itself. Like most websites there is a front end and a back end. A front end is what your visitors see when they go to your website. This includes your design your text and information and whatever links and navigation bar you have. The back end is your admin panel in which you can control what content, pictures and articles that are listed on your website. This is also called a CMS or “Content Management System”. You have probably heard of CMS before. Example of widely used CMS systems would be Word-press or Joomla.
So now that we have laid the foundation for a standard website lets talk about a internet TV site. Like any website you have a back-end and a front end. On a internet TV site you also need the ability upload prerecorded videos, and schedule them for play out onto your website. This is what I call a scheduling module. This can be programmed to be added to your CMS or back-end admin panel. This will now allow you to upload videos and create a play-list in the order that you want each video to play. You can then insert commercials or do whatever you need. This play-list is what will play-out onto your Internet TV site. It can also be tailored to allow live broadcast onto your website.
Next lets talk about archived videos or “video on demand” as many people call it. There are several options for video on demand such as to have your own video on demand page or to place the videos under the main streaming video player as thumbnails. This can be where you display past videos. Again it is important to have your CMS setup to handle these features.
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Now lets talk about bandwidth. If you have your own shared hosting account and you have several hundred or even thousands of viewers your shared hosting company will probably cancel your account. The reason is because even if they claim “unlimited bandwidth” they really don’t mean “unlimited”. Video takes quite a bit of bandwidth and they will be quick to cancel you once your video begins to slow down their servers. The answer? Either have your own server (which you can rent from a hosting company usually for about $50-100/month) or use a CDN (contend delivery network). A CDN will allow you to upload and create play lists on their server and then give you a embed code to place in your CMS. What does this do? Well now when your viewers go to your website and watch your video they bandwidth will come from your CDN and not your hosting company. This allows you to stay in full control of your website without your viewers sucking down your bandwidth from your shared hosting account.
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