We tested two SHOUTcast v1 servers running both at 256kbps and found the stream quality was fantastic with absolutely no buffering. Our servers were located in the USA and Europe, with us streaming from Australia. We were able to fill the 25 listener slots without any issues.
The control panel is a stock Centovacast control panel, should be familiar to any streaming enthusiast but welcoming to novices. The panel features all basic features included in Centovacast detailed below.
Shoutcaststreaming focuses on quality rather than quantity which is fantastic, I mean would you want 1000 listener slots but on sub-par bandwidth? No. Shoutcaststreaming only offers high bandwidth, quality servers without all the added bulk. Simplicity at it's finest.
With so many stream hosts on the market, we sometimes end up being tardy reviewing certain hosts that we should have reviewed sooner.
This is exactly the case with Shoutcaststreaming which has been around for quite a long time, and with some superior reviews and recommendations from streaming fanatics worldwide. Their eye for fine detail when it comes to uptime and bandwidth really stand out with every service sold to customers.
Location & Performance
Shoutcaststreaming.us offers a wide variety of servers located conveniently around the globe in trusted data centers. We tested two servers, one in Europe and one in the USA, and both were absolutely fantastic in terms of reliability and quality.
We were streaming at 256kbps and filling up our 25 listener slots. The connection time and stream quality was excellent from the locations we tested (Australia & USA) for both server locations.
Shoutcaststreaming.us utilises six data centers around the world including...
- Hurricane Electric - San Jose CA USA
- Los Angeles Data Center - Los Angeles, CA USA
- CoreXhange - Plano, TX USA
- Wholesale Internet - Kansas City, KS USA
- Swiftway - Netherlands EUR
- Server4You - Germany EUR
All of these servers are high quality with full bandwidth and technical service. Which means less down time and more time for streaming!
Panel & Interface
Shoutcaststreaming.us uses the stock Centovacast panel interface for it's stream control panel and WHCMS for it's client side and billing. Often we find mass skinning of Centovacast very unflattering and laggy on cross-browsers.
This is why I am a big fan of hosts that do not skin their control panels. It gives customers an easy to understand interface and especially for customers that have transferred from another host. Take note hosts, keep it easy for everyone, skin less, focus on services. Which is exactly what Shoutcaststreaming does.
As usual, Centovacast features an array of features including widgets, start pages, additional DJ controls, server start/stop controls and advanced statistics.
One thing that confused us on Shoutcaststreaming's website is the two interfaces (Centovacast and WHCMS), sure they look different but on the main page when i click "Client Area", I expect to be taken to somewhere central where I can choose to log in to Billing (to make a payment) or Server Controls (where I can edit my Auto DJ and server items). Again, this is common on many hosts but in terms of ease of access, it can get a bit confusing.
Features & Service
Shoutcaststreaming.us offers an array of services including SHOUTcast v1, SHOUTcast v2, Icecast, Windows Media, Dedcicated Servers and VPS. All plans come with a generous amount of listener slots, no setup fees and technical support from the 24/7 crew at SCS.
Shoutcaststreaming also offers some extras when you purchase a server. They offer the usual Auto DJ (which is not included with any of their servers) and AAC+ Flash Players. On the subject of flash players, they are the only provider to offer AAC+ compatible flash players. You have to pay for the flash players you use, which is fair for the AAC+ functionality.
The setup process for a flash player is very easy. After payment, you gain access to a control panel where you can customise the player, server details, then receive the code for further embedding on your stations website. Ace!
Other additional services include On Demand streaming which is brilliant as I am a big fan of the service and Shoutcaststreaming is one of the few providers that actually offer it. Their pricing isn't too bad either starting off at $4.00 a month.
They also offer Remote DJ access for a low price of $1.00 a month, great protection for your stream. But the best offering they have by far is Pay & Play. Seems to be exclusive to them only where you only pay for the data you use. Perfect service for those small stations on a budget or monthly live events!
Apart from that, they offer discounted re-sale versions of Spacial Audio's SAM Broadcaster and Stream Transcoding.
Shoutcaststreaming.us offers a fantastic service for any kind of broadcaster. Their wide range of streaming services (not just SHOUTcast!) are hard to pass by and their technical support is second to none. When you combine all that in to one of their stream packages, you'll be one satisfied broadcaster!