This is a company profile for internet radio hosting provider Outcast Digital Ltd. This company is based New Zealand and has been in business for 9 years.
Company name: Outcast Digital Ltd.
Underlying hosting provider: Many, we operate servers in several countries in multiple datacentres.
Network status page: Not publically available.
Launch date: Our company was founded in early 2007 (9 years ago).
Streaming services available: Icecast, Shoutcast and Wowza.
Control panel software available: Custom Outcast Digital control panel.
Approximate number of customers: Many, primarily FM broadcasters.
Bit rates available: All, but 64kbps AAC+ preferred.
Features available: Highly resilient streaming platform hosted on private Outcast Digital CDN spanning 3 continents and multiple data-centres, custom analytics system generating broadcast-specific statistics, geo-locking, custom players. We also manufacture our own hardware streaming encoder appliance: http://www.outcastdigital.com/outcaster-details/. Oh and we don’t even charge for streams of 5 listener slots or less so people are able to try our service for free!
Tell us how and why your company got started?
We identified a market opportunity to provide streaming services catering for larger scale FM broadcasters who required resilient streaming platforms, something not usually available from most Shoutcast hosting providers. In addition we provide a fully custom-built control panel and analytics system designed to generate statistics that broadcasters can easily understand and directly relate to their FM market information. In recent years we have expanded our service and pricing to include services for smaller broadcasters giving them many of the same features as major broadcasters but at competitive prices.
Why is your company passionate about streaming radio services?
Our founders have previously started and owned FM radio stations and are passionate about broadcasting. We combine this passion for radio with decades of IT experience designing highly resilient professional platforms for major corporations to bring a level of technological capability and reliability previously unseen in the stream hosting market.
What do you think makes your company different from the competition?
All streams are hosted on a minimum of 4 servers, sometimes many more. The Outcast Digital global CDN spans 3 continents and is self-healing, minimizing downtime and ensuring our customers are on air 100% of the time. All servers are dedicated, hosted in major data-centres around the world with guaranteed bandwidth. We never over-subscribe any of our servers or internet connections. We have spent many years developing custom tools and code, including a full custom control panel and analytics system. We have also developed our own hardware streaming encoder appliance, the Outcaster. http://www.outcastdigital.com/outcaster-details/
Your top tip(s) for anyone looking to start a radio station?
Ensure you have great content so you stand out from the crowd, and choose a reliable stream host.