Audiovisual content is broadcast through a secure DaCast platform. This provides broadcasters with controls to restrict access to their content, offers network monitoring to ensure stream reliability and encrypted data transmission for all platform transactions for broadcasters and for monetizing content.
Through the Channel Manager, broadcasters have many optional restrictions that can be added to media channels. This includes the ability to restrict viewer access based on regions. For example, content can be accessed only from a specific country. In a similar way, content can also be excluded from being viewed by certain regions. This level of control gives broadcasters the ability to work within licenses or rights agreements based on geographic locations. The ability to manage, with features such as exclude all or permit all, make it quick to add these restriction settings to a channel.
Full control for website distribution and accessibility is also built into the DaCast platform. This permits broadcasters to restrict where embedded videos can be viewed from, limiting it to pre-approved websites and portals.
The ability to stream from a broadcaster’s DaCast channel page is a feature that is available for all content. This allows users without their own website to quickly begin streaming to an audience. Broadcasters with a functioning website, though, have the ability to disable this feature, helping to ensure that the content can only be viewed from sources they approve.
DaCast content can also be shared freely on Facebook with the simple step of adding in a URL-like line of code to a Facebook wall. However, if the channel page is disabled, this feature can’t be used. Broadcasters hoping to share over the social network need to keep the channel page feature ON.
Content that utilizes pay-per-view monetization or subscriptions already come with a secure login system. This creates user credentials that are used to login and access streaming media that is complete with a token system. For broadcasters wanting to distribute media without monetization, there are ways to restrict and secure content so only a very select audience can view it. This is achieved by setting up a website with a hidden URL behind login credentials. The DaCast player can then be embedded on this page, so only those with the login details are allowed access. To ensure unwanted connections are prevented, a referrer selection is available when configuring a channel. Entering in the URL of the approved page as a referrer will then block access to the content from other websites and services.
The DaCast network features 24/7 monitoring, to offer the broadcaster the utmost support experience and to ensure a reliable and secure platform.
Physical servers are protected by Raid 5 security. This promises that content won’t be lost or interrupted in the instance of a server crash. Through utilizing a global expansive, tier 1 CDN (Content Delivery Network), even if a server crashes the network will automatically redirect to a working server without the viewer even noticing. This makes the system perfect for reliable live streaming.
Data transmitted over the DaCast platform is done so securely, with crucial details encrypted for broadcaster and viewer protection. When choosing to purchase bandwidth or when a viewer buys your content that is behind a paywall, such as with optional pay-per-view monetization, these transactions are done with full SSL encryption. This encryption creates a series of checks and techniques to make sure the data is securely transmitted. The process, which is done in seconds, goes through a series of steps with unique encryption to ensure details are preserved.
In the first step, the browser requests that the DaCast server identifies itself. The DaCast server then relays the browser a copy of its SSL certificate. The browser then checks the validity of the certificate, and sends a message back to DaCast when it’s accepted. The DaCast server then begins an SSL encrypted session and finally important data, such as payment details, is shared between the browser and DaCast. The process is completely secure, giving broadcaster’s the ability to safely place media behind a paywall to create premium content.