This article will walk a Futuri Streaming station through setting up a new stream. These steps will need to be completed after you've received your Futuri Streaming Transmitter in the mail.
- Streaming Transmitter Setup
- Metadata (Now Playing) Setup
- Additional Setup for Futuri POST
- Additional Training
Before your streaming transmitter arrives in the mail, the following bullet points may be helpful as you prepare to start streaming:
- Size - The transmitter is about 11” x 7.5” x 2.5” (depth x width x height). It weighs about 3 lbs.
- Power - We strongly recommend plugging your transmitter into a UPS (uninterruptable power supply), or at a minimum a surge protector. The transmitter itself consumes a meager 20W when running. Power can be 100 – 240 VAC, 50 or 60hZ. There is no adjustment that needs to be made.
- It is best to leave room for airflow around the transmitter, and to not stack things on top of it, if possible.
- Network - You don't need really great internet to have a great stream with no interruptions. This is because of the HLS technology we have implemented to work with degraded network conditions.
- A decent rule of thumb: Doubling your stream bitrate will tell you the minimum recommended internet connection. This is a reasonable overestimation.
- QoS or Quality of Service is a system to prioritize internet traffic. It is good, but rarely necessary to add rules to set the stream priority high like Voice over IP would use. Some stations even install a separate, lightweight internet connection that is dedicated to their internet streams. This is rarely necessary, but certainly an option.
- Bandwidth - The transmitter will upload about 16 Gigabytes per month with a 48k stream (the standard for new customers).
- Firewalls - All internet connections are outward from the transmitter, so generally there is no need for port forwards, opening ports and such. It will need outbound access to ports 80 and 443.
Streaming Transmitter Setup
The streaming transmitter needs three things connected to begin streaming on the internet: AC power, an audio source, and an internet connection.
Your transmitter is preconfigured with your network settings, so once you receive it in the mail, the setup process is very simple:
- Plug in the ethernet to the port labeled ETH on the back of the unit.
- Plug in audio to either the RCA plugs or the XLR plugs. The XLR are balanced line-level analog inputs.
- Plug the supplied power cord into the transmitter. After about 60 seconds you'll be live!
You can listen to your stream in a test player at http://YOURSTATIONNAME.streamon.fm
*YOURSTATIONNAME is usually your call letters and, if you are on AM or HD radio, your band (IE: AM, HD2). For example, WKRP-FM would be http://wkrp.streamon.fm, and WKRP-HD2 would be http://wkrphd2.streamon.fm.
Adjust the audio level so that the LCD bars get close to the far right (but never touch).
Metadata (Now Playing) Setup
Most stations will send their Now Playing metadata to Futuri to display in the streaming player. If you are a commercial broadcaster in the U.S., this step is necessary for accurate royalty reporting, and if you are using ad insertion or Futuri POST, this will be necessary for those functions as well.
Additional Setup for Futuri POST
If your station will be using Futuri POST, there are two more key setup steps, each detailed in their own article linked below:
- Mic Closures - This logic is used by POST to better identify talk breaks.
- Bookmark Button Setup - This button is used to bookmark talk breaks that are worth sharing online.
Once your streaming transmitter is online and you've set up the Now Playing metadata, please have your program director and/or digital manager contact Futuri VIP Support to be shown how to do the following:
- Set up the streaming player on your website and manage its look and feel.
- Access the back-end to view listening metrics
- Manage ad inventory
If your station is also adding Futuri POST, you should be receiving communication to coordinate a more in-depth training with a member of our team. If you're not sure what to do next for Futuri POST, please contact Futuri VIP Support.