Hosting or Relaying: Choosing how to get on-air with SHOUTcast

Relaying is common for larger stations, whereas Hosting might be effective for hobbyists and new stations.

If we're hosting your SHOUTcast stream, then you're uploading files to our systems, and you're then making playlists (programming) the stream.
Centova Cast allows you to take song requests, broadcast metadata about the "now playing" track, and otherwise manage/cast your station with ease.

If we're relaying your SHOUTcast stream, then everything to do with composing your stream, assembling your tracks and vocals, and streaming is your problem.
You then specify one of our radio servers to receive a single stream from your broadcast location, and we then make that available to your listeners online.

Usually larger stations will start off streaming through their internet connection, and at a point their internet stops functioning quite so reliably.
At that point, we take over the job of managing those multiple concurrent streams/listeners for you, and you get back to focusing on the station.

Unsure how it all hangs in together? That's what we're here for!
Please let our specialist SHOUTcast Support department know how they're able to help you.

Centova Cast - User Guide

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