[Icecast] Google ad manager pre-roll - is it possible using icecast?

Patricia Moynihan pmoynihan at fsu.edu
Wed Apr 13 18:12:49 UTC 2022

Phillipp,thanks for the reply…

I figured there wouldn’t be an out of the box way. I assume someone would have to write a script and link it to the configuration? If it’s complicated, fair enough, I was just wondering the general process and what resources might be needed to get it done.

Recently I’ve tried to put an intro on each stream, but yes we do run into people with poor internet connections who complain about drops in connection causing the <intro> to play more than once. Plus, Google has the data built-in that I don’t have necessarily displayed very well with Icecast. I guess I was hoping for it to be “that simple.”

As far as what I’ve got - Icecast 2.4.4, on a Centos 7 machine. No load balancing, nothing fancy at all. Just did a general install, ran over SSL (HTTPS), and changed a few things in the config regarding burst-size depending on the mount point.

At some point in the future, we may want to look into someone building us a bridge/link via the google API (I’d assume, but correct me if I’m wrong), but it’s a government agency, so the process is finicky!

Patricia Moynihan
Director of Digital

pmoynihan at fsu.edu<mailto:pmoynihan at fsu.edu>

On Apr 9, 2022, at 5:59 PM, Philipp Schafft <phschafft at de.loewenfelsen.net<mailto:phschafft at de.loewenfelsen.net>> wrote:

Good evening,

On Fri, 2022-04-08 at 16:05 +0000, Patricia Moynihan wrote:
That’s basically my question

Google ad manager pre-roll - is it possible using icecast?

I know how to set up a basic pre-roll, but there are a lot of
complaints about it (mostly from people with poor connections)
replaying. I also needed to have the associated data.

If there is something already written about how to do this, please
point me in the right direction!

generally speaking this is possible. However it is a bit more
complicated and depends on a few variables.

First you need to tag each listener in some way. Then you must ensure
they only hit the intro once. E.g. with 2.5.x you can do that with the
auth system.

But, also keep in mind that some clients are broken and may generate
more than one request. So it might be a bit more tricky to get the into
sent to the one the listener is actually listening to.

I think it would be best to provide a bit more details: Exact version
of Icecast used, type if load balancing, general setup architecture,
...; otherwise it will be a bit of a guessing game.

With best regards,

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reply off-list.

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