DaCast offers a complete and powerful solution for video streaming, but is also adapt at providing a platform for audio streaming as well. Audio content can be broadcast both as a live stream and also as pre-recorded, VOD streaming. This makes the platform ideal for audio only functions such as doing a live radio show and then later having the archived content available for listening. Streaming over DaCast also offers unique and engaging capabilities that can be added for audio broadcasts, such as live chat while streaming.
When signing up for a DaCast account, a free media player is included. This makes it easy to quickly get up and streaming without having to design your own player or go through having to adapt an existing one to your needs. The DaCast player is also customizable, offering the ability to tailor the audiovisual player to match the feel of an existing service or brand. Because of this, it’s simple to embed the player on a website and have it work seamlessly with an already established website. To make the platform more inclusive and adaptive to needs, it’s also presented as a white label service where DaCast’s involvement is obscured. Not only is the company not mentioned, but logos can be uploaded and brand specific watermarking can be done.
In order to make the player more effective for audio streaming, the embedded video code can also have its dimensions altered. This means a small, sleek player can be used that diminishes the size of the player to something which features mostly just the playback controls, creating something more appropriate for audio only streaming.
Each DaCast account includes a full monetization package out of the box that can be instantly used to begin earning revenue from streams. The most compelling of these being a full system for creating subscription and pay per view options for premium content. This offers full control to the broadcaster who can define the rates and also how long those rates apply for. Listeners can also make purchases directly inside the player with most credit cards or PayPal through a unique payment system called Pay-in-Play.
Due to the relatively inexpensive nature of audio broadcasting, the ability to monetize with ads from already negotiated ad network contracts is also available, creating a low involvement way to cover costs and generate revenue. To monitor streams, discover where revenue is generated, learn your demographics and other data, included with each account is an exhaustive analytic panel.