How it works
What it is exactly
Unified Radio is a plugin for industry standard webservers, such as Apache, IIS, Lighttpd and Nginx. The plugin allows a webserver to convert audio on the fly to all formats – regardless of how many formats you need to support, you store a file only once. By providing a single fully compatible workflow, Unified Radio reduces the management effort you would otherwise need to stream to multiple formats. The input can be an MP4/fMP4 file or an encoder’s Live feed. Tip: Use Unified Capture to record your Live event clips for later use and a new playout with different ads.
A breakthrough in streaming audio
The protocols currently used for streaming radio, such as Flash and SHOUTcast, need a stateful connection to prevent streaming radio from large-scale deployment. Today’s streaming radio technology is quite old, with no real innovation seen in over a decade. But recent developments in digital video delivery prove the efficacy of ABR delivery over HTTP – and streaming radio deserves the same benefits. In other words, there is a demand for multi-bitrate streaming radio delivered over HTTP in all formats, from HDS to Smooth to HSL to DASH - adding protection when required.
Monetize your radio
Unified Radio applies the same logic to audio already used for video streaming. ABR makes including ads easy and offers better match possibilities, which results in better targeted ads. Unified Radio lets you apply encryption or DRM to protect your channels from hijacking by aggregators and control how others will access your channel. While aggregated lists help listeners find stations to tune into worldwide, the downside is that the aggregators benefit from your radio streams and you miss out on the ad revenues.
Easy to integrate, quick time to market
Unified Radio was developed to meet the unique needs of a broad range of companies. That is why it is flexible and easy to integrate, fitting seamlessly into any existing workflows and content management systems. This kind of adaptability means quick time to market.
Deploy Unified Radio anywhere on-premises or in the cloud. The plugin works in Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure. Pre-configured and ready-to-stream images are available for both cloud hosting services.
Stream global using Unified Origin and a CDN
Share your content with a global audience by using Unified Radio with CDNs optimized for fast delivery of Live and VOD streams worldwide.
- One ingest format
- One workflow for all formats: HDS, HLS, MPEG-DASH, MSS.
- Supports HLS still images
- Supports advanced audio features: DTS, HE-AAC v2, EAC3
- Supports encryption and DRM
- Easy to integrate into any workflow
- Highly scalable
- Easy to set up redundancy
Unified Radio runs on an annual license per webserver. DRM is available as a licensed add-on. Flexible deployments require flexible licensing, so please contact us if you would like to receive a quote tailored to your needs or seek any other information.
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