Listening to own station does not count against TLH
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Broadcasters should be permitted to listen (monitor) to their stream on a private link that does not count against the TLH. I monitor my steam very frequently for quality and I don't have extra TLH hours to use for this purpose.
Under consideration Suggested by: Dan Binder • Upvoted: 27 Apr • Comments: 14
Dwayne Schwartz Merged
Ability to monitor feed as you would with terrestrial radio. You can do this now but if affects TLH.
Ionut Sarghi Admin
"Monitor Feed" (suggested by Dwayne Schwartz on 2020-12-25), including upvotes (1) and comments (0), was merged into this suggestion.
Why is this NOT a bigger issue with LIVE365 station owners? We would never monitor our station in "Audition" or "Program", we listen in "On Air" mode, to hear what the listener hears... I'm new to LIVE365 and this is a BIG concern.
Richard Elen Merged
I am sure that we all want to check our stream to make sure all is well. I like to have my stream running in the background, just to check that things are behaving themselves, so I can fix or report issues when they arise. However, if we do that, it counts towards our TLH.
The idea of this suggestion is that you would be able to set a "monitor IP address", by default (or possibly only) the source address of your live stream, and this would not count towards your TLH. To avoid misuse, you would only be able to change this IP address infrequently (period to be determined: once a month?).
The address would be defined in Settings.
Ionut Sarghi Admin
"Subtract listeners at the source IP address from being included in TLH" (suggested by Richard Elen on 2021-06-21), including upvotes (1) and comments (0), was merged into this suggestion.
I am my biggest advocate, heheh!
It sure would be nice if we were allowed to listen to our own stations and see how we sound to the listeners without us being charged with TLH. We are not listeners, we are the owners seeing how our product is sounding through live 365.
Please implement this!
Right now this is not a problem for me as I am new. I hope that this becomes a problem for me though in the future. I am my biggest critic and I like to listen live stream to make sure things are running smoothly.
considering it's the same as listening to the music directly it should be an option where we can login to the dashboard and listen but it not count against TLH. I can see it being a challenge with a media player or mobile app, but if we are logged in to the account, the listen link in the dashboard could be scripted differently maybe so it allows listening without counting against the hours.
Can’t see how this would work, as proposed, unless we all had static IP addresses, which I don’t and which I imagine others may not. In which case it would seem unfair for some to be charged and others not.
I listen to my station constantly, mostly because I want to make sure it's running fine and all is well, but also because I love the music I play. I understand why we're charged that TLH, but at the same time I think we shouldn't be for that very reason. We have to monitor our stations.
Please implement this feature as radio station owners we need to check on the music being played, for mistakes in mp3 conversions and language not suitable for young children who might be listening. Sometimes some versions that were not heard on the terrestrial radio but added to CDs later on. Pink Floyd added lyrics not on the original 45's . The lyrics should not be on family stations.
This is a must have and I'm very surprised it's not available for streamers. This could be easily implemented for logged-in users who are on their dashboard and hit the play button, and the streaming done via the dashboard should not count towards TLH. The IP exclusions suggested could also be a consideration but might open up for abuse/misuse.