Hosting service for streaming continuous, live video

Posted on 2012-08-17
Last Modified: 2012-08-18
I work for an animal shelter.  We have an Axis IP camera (model M1031-W) that will be mounted in one of our catteries.  We would like to stream live video to our website, so that people can view our adoptable cats in real-time.

We don't have the upstream bandwidth to allow website visitors to view the camera feed directly, so we need a video hosting service.  Does anyone have recommendations?  I've spent some time on Google, but I can't find anything promising.  The price would have to be affordable.

Question by:chernavsky
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    The price would have to be affordable.

    What is affordable?  You already know that it involves a substantial amount of bandwidth, so it is not likely that you are going to be able to use "cheap" hosting.

    You might be better to record videos and make them available on your site from youtube.

    You can upload the videos and then put links on your site.


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    COBOLdinosaur -- some organizations offer non-profit pricing (some web hosting companies will even host non-profit websites for free).

    We already post some videos on Youtube.  It's rather labor-intensive to do it that way.
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    Video hosting has come down a lot in the last 5 years and was previously only priced for heavy users where minimums were in the $1000 per month range and calculated by storage and bandwidth and usage.  It is much simpler now and affordable.  

    Another item that increases the cost is using a paywall.  Since it does not sound like you need that, you can use ustream. or

    For these services, you only need to worry about the bandwidth from your location and not your webhost although you will be putting code on your page to show the stream.  

    Another option where you can use your host is many of the cams have a mode that upload an image at every x minutes.  In that case, you can simply upload a jpg automatically which continues to over write so each page refresh (after the given interval) shows a new picture.

    I think you will like the ustream/livestream thing though.  It could potentially bring in people from outside your normal realm just wanting to view cats.  Maybe have a donate button on that page.

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