DaCast is a feature rich and fully enabled live and on demand video streaming service. It comes in an easy-to-use, self-service environment where one can quickly sign up and begin streaming in minutes. It allows one to monetize video or audio, to be seamlessly integrated into an existing service, and includes the full package out of the box without the need for additional sign up, startup fee, minimums or commitments.
DaCast is a full equipped online streaming service for live video and audio. Through utilizing a connection with a tier 1 CDN, high definition stream quality is supported. The system is set up with a wizard to allow both experts and beginners with the tools needed to quickly start doing real time broadcasts online.
When signing up with DaCast, users can create vast archives of previously recorded audio and video content. Through video on demand, or VOD streaming, media can be uploaded for instant access from viewers. Content is dynamic, with the ability to skim or pause at the viewer's convenience.
Broadcasters have everything they need out of the box to be successful when using DaCast. Live, previously recorded, audio and video are all available from the platform without the need for additional signup or separate accounts. All of this can be streamed from a free Flash video streaming player, without the need for a license.
With a DaCast account, a full and robust monetization system is included. This features already negotiated ads and premium content options such as pay-per-view and subscription. If a broadcaster decides to charge viewers, this can be done inside the player utilizing the Pay-in-Play interface.
After broadcasting, a rich analytic dashboard is provided in the back office. This shows a detailed report of streams, both recent and past, and builds relevant information on the audience, including demographics.
DaCast is based around a channel interface, where each live stream can be given its own channel. These live streams can be mixed and matched with previously existing content, such as VOD and playlist support.
By giving each stream its own channel, media can be customized. Premium content can be given distinct monetization features, while promotional or desired commercial free content can be played without interruption. Additional channel options, such live chat while streaming or text with channel information, are also possible.
For previously recorded material, a playlist scheduler is included in the channel interface. This allows users to set up content and designate playing order. In its simplest form, this can be done to attach a reoccurring program opener or closer to unique content. A vast catalogue of media can also be compiled, creating a tv-channel like experience that can last for hours.
Regular users can create a multiple channels, with no limit to the number that can be hosted on a DaCast account; both live and previously recorded channels can be created, each with its own set of options.
The DaCast online streaming service features no start up fees and provides several pricing methods for broadcasters. Frequent streamers can utilize monthly plans with included storage for video on demand. Those event broadcasters who stream less often have the opportunity to do pay as you go, where a certain amount of bandwidth can be pre-purchased and then loaded on an account.
A video bandwidth calculator lets you figure your costs, making the process transparent. There are no startup fees. DaCast is 100% free to try, with no obligation after initial sign up. All bandwidth purchased through pay as you go does not expire, while monthly plan bandwidth rolls over from month to month as long as the broadcaster doesn’t cancel the plan.
The DaCast online network is broadcasted from a content delivery network (CDN) data center that spans the globe. This global point of presence approach, along with a DaCast server located in the heart of the CDN data center, guarantees an instantaneous connection and access to the highest quality bandwidth regardless of geographic location. Servers, located directly within the CDN data center, handle file uploads directly, insuring the fastest upload speed possible for video on demand content.
The network is backed by 24/7 network monitoring. All our servers use RAID 5 security, meaning there is a guarantee that content won't be lost and in the instance of a server crash a live stream will automatically be redirected to another server without a lapse in viewing quality.
Additional platform security is provided for users utilizing monetization, as a token system is implemented to prevent pay-per-view and subscription content from being watched by unintended viewers. Geographic locations and other measures are also in place, allowing the broadcaster to designate the audience or disallow certain regions from being able to view media content.