Pro Plan Panel Features Tour
Caster.fm Pro Plan utilize the top tier, well established radio streaming mangement panel Centova Cast.
Whether you’re a ShoutCast newbie or a seasoned streaming professional, Centova Cast makes it easy to configure your stream.
Common options are included in the first few tabs, while advanced options are tucked away in additional tabs.
In addition to providing total control over your streaming server, Centova Cast also provides comprehensive autoDJ system. Never again will your clients need to rely on their own PC to broadcast their stream!
When enabled, clients may upload their media (MP3s, etc.) directly to the server via FTP, manage their media through Centova Cast’s comprehensive AJAX Media Library system (described in the following slide), and schedule their media using Centova Cast’s advanced playlist scheduling system (also described on an upcoming slide).
This provides a complete, all-in-one solution for setting up an Internet radio station.
Centova Cast’s AJAX media library brings a familiar, desktop-style media management interface to the web.
Media can be searched or browsed by artist, album, title, or genre.
Tracks can be added to a playlist simply by dragging and dropping them on the desired playlist. This drag-and-drop functionality can be used to instantly schedule the selected tracks to play at a given time, or on a repeating schedule.
Centova Cast supports multiple playlists for each stream, each of which can be scheduled to play media at certain times or according to specific criteria.
Using a combination of the available playlist types, you can achieve total control over your media scheduling, and completely eliminate the need for expensive third-party source software to schedule your tracks.
General Rotation Playlists
General rotation playlists can be “weighted” to play more popular music more often, and less popular music less frequently.
Interval playlists play on a recurring basis; either every few minutes, or after every few songs. These are ideal for jingles, station identification, and advertisements.
Scheduled playlists play at a specific date and time (optionally recurring), and are ideal for daily/weekly countdowns, pre-recorded shows, and weather forecasts.
Immediate playlists play immediately when they are activated (after the current song completes). They are ideal for spur-of-the-moment playback of tracks such as requested songs or announcements.
Centova Cast provides AJAX-driven widgets that station owners can embed in their own web pages, or may use through the Stream Start Page generated automatically by Centova Cast. These include:
- Stream status and current song
- Recent tracks list
- Song requests
- Station tune-in links
- Map of listener locations
Statistics and Reports
Centova Cast offers the most comprehensive streaming radio statistics system commercially available today. It provides information about listener trends and demographics, data transfer, track performances and popularity, user agents, and much, much more.
The recent activity report provides a high-level overview of your stream statistics, including details of listener trends, average session times, total listening hours, data transfer, track playback, and more.
Listener activity for the past 48 hours is also plotted for easy reference.
The listener overview provides information about listeners’ usage of your station.
Average session length is charted and graphed, and top listeners are ranked according to listener minutes and number of sessions. Listener countries are automatically determined, and the software used by the listener to tune into the stream is noted and identified as a media player or stream ripper to assist in abuse detection.
The country overview provides information about the countries from which the majority of your listeners are tuning in.
Top listener countries are charted and graphed according to listener minutes and number of sessions.
The user agents report provides an overview of the software programs your listeners are using to tune in to your stream.
Top user agents are charted and graphed according to listener minutes and number of sessions. Each user agent is also classified as a legitimate media player (such as WinAmp, iTunes, etc.), or a stream ripper (a program used to steal music from your stream) to assist in abuse detection.
The tracks report provides information about the frequency and popularity of the tracks played on your stream.
Track popularity is determined based on the number of tune-ins/tune-outs during a particular song over the past 30 days, and this is used to compile a “least popular” and “most popular” tracks list. This provides an excellent indicator of your listeners’ tastes for particular songs.
The total airtime and number of performances of the top songs over the past 30 days is also reported.
Centova Cast provides detailed daily and monthly data transfer and listener statistics, complete with graphs, allowing both the client and the administrator to track listener trends and resource usage.
Individual stream statistics are provided to each client, and a master server-wide statistics page is provided in the server administration panel.
Music Licensing/Royalty Reports
Centova Cast provides monthly, downloadable spreadsheets containing the complete list of songs you’ve played on your stream in the past month, including detailed information about the date, time, and audience of each performance.
A performance summary spreadsheet is also available (not shown) which provides aggregate reports on the playback frequency, number of performances, and monthly TLH for each song.
These reports can greatly simplify the royalty reporting process required by many music licensing agencies.
Centova Cast’s live listener statistics provide a realtime look at who is listening to your stream right now, including listener countries and user agent information.