UPDATE ON FILE HOSTING AND STREAMING PLAYERS
Just to update our media hosting situation: for over three years the MP3 audios for all the shows has been hosted on a cloud-based hosting service at DivShare.com. While for the most part, that service has done well…there have been issues with files which go down, media players that perform poorly, and frustration by people trying to access media on tablets and phones.
The internet is an ever-evolving work. As new technology like iPhones and Androids become increasingly popular, the challenge becomes one of universal acces to our media. One strategy has been to post some of the content to our YouTube Channel—also an evolving process.
The other challenge was finding hosting which complies with HTML 5 (tech speak here). HTML 5 is the new web standard which began rolling out last year, and allows web developers to embed media, including video and audio, without the need for Flash plugins to web browsers. Flash has always been a nuisance, and a major vector for all manner of code exploits, viruses, and malware attacks. Moreover, due to ongoing corporate feuds between Adobe (the technology’s owner) and Apple, Inc., the so-called “i” devices (pods, pads, and phones) did not support Flash on their platforms.
The HTML 5 spec. now allows for near-universal propagation of media on the web without Adobe Flash and its attendant plugins. This, of course, assumes the use of the latest devices and web browsers. Therefore, we now need to code web media to be able to both stream with the new standards, AND also “fallback” to older standards. OK…we are through that…
Beginning this week, with the posting of the most recent OffPlanet Radio Live show, matt presti and Robert Otey: Walter & Lao Russell and the Cosmology of Light, you will begin seeing a NEW player for streaming the shows on the web pages. The files are being hosted on a high speed Amazon S3 server, which makes files available around the planet. This service is secure, fast, and allows us to embed players that can be accessed on multiple platforms, like the Android and iPhone devices. The seperate download lins for the hour 1 and hour 2 files are, however remaining on our old system, as are the legacy files form previous shows—for now.
THE NEED FOR SUPPORT
This new technology comes with some additonal costs: while Amazon is very cost-effective, we also have to upgrade technology, including software and hosting support infrastructure, and our computers, to allow us to CREATE on these new systems. Bottom line: we have incurred additional operating expenses in order to stay current with the technology.
In January, we spent over $2,000 upgrading media technology including a new graphics workstation, all new software (our old system was nearly 4 years old—a “lifetime” in tech!), and the hiring of an additional service to get us up to speed. Our monthly expenses have increased about 20% as result of these upgrades.
No one likes asking for money less than I do, in fact, I resist doing so, trusting that those who CAN, will—and those who CAN’T will be grateful and help us spread the word (“karma payments”). For our part here, we have PAID IT FORWARD by not only doing what we do…but actually INCREASING our level of activity. OffPlanet Radio is supported by its LISTENERSHIP, not corporate sponsors, or by “secret funding” of intelligence agency-types (as are certain alt-media outlets). Other than our affiliate ads for RnA Drops Products, there is no commercial participation, at this time.
We will leave it at that. If you listen, if you gain value from the shows—HELP US by donating. Be a “karma investor” for others, and help us get out the valuable information by going to the Support Page and gving. And THANKS! to all of those who DO support us. Much love is sent. Also, please let us know your experiences with our media tech at The Contacts Section.
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