[icecast] bit/bytes <= broadcasting : the state of art ?

EISELE Pascal lemmingsml at nerim.fr
Mon Mar 1 02:21:16 PST 2004



Hi,

Our webradio (Let's Go Zik - http://www.letsgozik.com) works with 
donation and partenship. I think it's the only way to keep a webradio 
alive for the moment... We are making our radio in a associative way... 
It's quite hard to "find" listeners. Currently we are nearly 
broadcasting for 60 simultaneous listeners (and approx. 5000 differents 
listeners per months)...
The problem is the same for everybody : bandwith !
Multicast is not a reliable solution for the moment because operating 
systems such as Windows doesn't support it yet (Windows 95,95,ME,NT). 
Moreover, the worldwilde web is not multicast ready yet !
The P2P broadcasting is not the solution, I think... Here (in France), 
connection speed are 512 Kbps for download and 128 Kbps for upload. So, 
a listener couldn't re-send correctly the stream to another. Moreover, 
P2P broadcasting increase delay between the "real sound" (that are 
encoded at the studio) and the sound heard by listeners...
I think that a Java Applet for P2P webradio should be great but it's not 
possible... Java Applets cannot be connected to something different from 
the server that they come from. In fact, it's possible but you must 
"sign" the applet with a official and valide certificate. Such 
certificates costs 200$ or euros per years...

Bests regards,
Pascal EISELE (alias Lemmings)
http://www.letsgozik.com

<p>Geoff Shang wrote:

>Hi:
>
>IceShare looks quite promising, not sure where they're at as regards actual
>code.
>
>http://www.iceshare.org
>
>Geoff.
>
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