Finally, Internet in the Car

Chrysler announced that they are building Internet access into their vehicles starting this year. This means that users can now access your streams anytime they want! Read more at the Washington Post. Better make sure your stream is available.

Windows Media Encoder Startup Script

If you have a critical encoder streaming live audio for an Internet radio station or maybe video for a presentation then you want that encoder to be running all the time and you shouldn’t have to login and restart the encoder manually if the host computer loses power or reboots. The Windows Media Encoder has a wonderfully simple graphical user interface but unfortunately you cannot directly configure it as a service to run in the background when the host starts up. Fortunately Microsoft provides a command line script that you can use to start an encoding session on boot-up.

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Types of Stream Monitoring

No one has really sat down and properly described the types of Internet stream monitoring available so I’ll take a shot. There are really two types of live monitoring:

  1. Availability Monitoring
  2. Quality Monitoring

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New Stream Failure Information

Stream Alerts users can now view error codes and messages returned from their servers or encoders during a stream failure to help diagnose stream problems.  > More