Flash is quickly becoming the streaming method of choice due to its almost universal compatability and speedy response. We support live Flash streams or on-demand files with our availability monitoring service.
A URL pointing directly to a live or on-demand stream hosted on a Flash streaming server usually consists of four parts. The protocol, host, application name and file name.
Protocol – this tells the Flash pulgin how to connect to the server. Flash servers are usually HTTP or RTMP
Host – the address of the server, either in a familiar host.domainname format or an IP address.
Application – A mount point of sorts that tells the server where to find the file we’re looking for
File Name – the file we want to stream. For Flash, it’s almost always an .FLV file.
Some sample URL formats appear below. (none of them are active)
Currently, Stream Alerts can monitor Flash streams hosted on the following servers:
Flash Media Interactive Server
Flash Media Streaming Server
Flash Communications Server
Wowza Media Server
We cannot gaurantee that monitoring will work for on-demand .FLV files hosted on a web server as they do not allow true rtmp or http streaming of the Flash files. At this time, we can only monitor .FLV files and cannot monitor .SWF or other Flash types.
Is it available right now? Was it available 30 minutes ago? Do you know the last time it was not available, for how long, how often etc? As consumers migrate from radio and television to the Internet, it's critical that your streaming media is available when they arrive at your site.
Stream Alerts remotely and independently monitors your streaming video and audio to give you the confidence that your media content is flawless. With our Availability service, as soon as your stream becomes unreachable, we will send you an email or SMS alert and even contact your system to trigger a backup system. Payload monitoring for live streams provides alerts if your audio goes silent or your video freezes as well as quality statistics such as how long it takes to start playing your stream.
If you stream it, we'll monitor it. Catch problems before your customers do and make sure your content delivery service is living up to its promise. Take a look at our packages and monitor your streams today with the Stream Alerts testing, diagnostic and alerting service.
Currently supporting Windows Media, Flash, Real Media, Shoutcast, IceCast and more!