Cool Stuff: StreamOn Appliance
profiling recipients of the Radio World “Cool Stuff” Award:
radio solutions provider StreamOn was created by a broadcaster, the
OK Radio Group. Its offering to stations includes audio encoding,
stream delivery, advertising tools and reporting.
key component is the StreamOn Appliance, a solid-state “plug and
play” device that encodes audio into formats such as AAC+ and Ogg
Vorbis. You provide the power, Internet and audio.
Appliance is intended to run without worries about viruses, security
updates or system reboots. It operates on Unix and is housed in a
passively cooled case; there are no fans or hard drives to fail.Thebox comes with audio processing from Omnia Audio built
Live Streaming divides audio into five-second chunks that are pushed
to a listener throughout the listening session. Among other benefits,
this helps in-car and mobile listeners who are moving between
audio can be used to create podcasts automatically in real time.
Listeners can hear content again right after it airs. The listener
can share audio on social media with friends who can then tune in
with one click.
Appliance also addresses a problem in which replacement ads for
Internet streams cut in at the wrong times due to varying metadata
cues from station automation. StreamOn’s Smooth Spots Technology
scans waveform audio looking for suitable transition points.