Peer-to-peer (or P2P) video streaming is all the rage on the Internet. Everyone wants to be able to watch live television, movies and videos at their leisure rather than waiting for their favourite shows to appear on TV or become available on DVD. Individuals and companies that are able to create reliable P2P video streaming websites are poised to make a lot of money. The good news is that there are a lot of software solutions available that make setting up a P2P streaming website easier than you may imagine.
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Things you need
- Dedicated hosting on its own server
- Domain name
- Domain name registrar
- Computer with broadband or cable Internet access
- Newest versions of Windows, Internet Explorer or Firefox, and Windows Media Player or RealPlayer
- Streaming software
- Content for distribution
Purchase dedicated web hosting on its own server. Use the most reputable company you can find to ensure as little downtime for your website as possible. Dedicated hosting is necessary because live streaming takes up a lot of bandwidth.
Decide on a domain name for your website. Make it something memorable accurately describes what your site offers.
Purchase the domain name at the domain registrar of your choice. If the original name you thought of is not available, think of a different, equally memorable one.
Obtain the name servers for your hosting provider. Then, at your domain registrar, change the existing name servers on your domain to those of your host.
Make sure your computer has a strong broadband connection and the latest editions of Windows, either Internet Explorer or Firefox, and either Windows Media Player or RealPlayer. You'll need the most updated versions of these programs to ensure good streaming quality.
Install the streaming software of your choice on your computer and activate it.
Set the streaming software to point to your website.
Load your content for streaming, using the streaming software. You can stream television shows either directly from TV, a video recorder, or DVDs. You can also stream movies, live content, and even radio music using these methods.
Tips and warnings
- You don't have to stream content 24/7 for your website to be successful. You can have a set schedule for streaming, just like a TV station, or you can only stream special programs or live events as they occur. If you choose the latter route, you can build up to your broadcasts by promoting them heavily online and in local media to ensure you get a good audience.
- Make sure you have the legal rights to stream the content you're planning to use. Content piracy is illegal and streaming something without the proper authority to do so could get you in a lot of trouble with the law. If you have any doubt about your right to stream any type of content, consult a lawyer and find out about proper licensing procedures for streaming copyrighted content.
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