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David Kaye
2016-11-14 11:34:18 UTC
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I'm currently using Amazon's S3 for serving video files. As things ramp up
Amazon may become too expensive. I need minimum redundancy (if the file is
temporarily offline it'll hurt a little but it won't be bad). I don't care
where the storage is. I would need to serve about 10TB per month, though
this would likely increase within a few months. I don't care if the upload
is web interface or FTP, and privacy doesn't matter. My main concern is
price, followed by whether the company will still be in business in a couple
years.

Ideas anyone?
n***@sbcglobal.net
2016-11-14 19:17:19 UTC
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Post by David Kaye
I'm currently using Amazon's S3 for serving video files. As things ramp up
Amazon may become too expensive. I need minimum redundancy (if the file is
temporarily offline it'll hurt a little but it won't be bad). I don't care
where the storage is. I would need to serve about 10TB per month, though
this would likely increase within a few months. I don't care if the upload
is web interface or FTP, and privacy doesn't matter. My main concern is
price, followed by whether the company will still be in business in a couple
years.
Ideas anyone?
Do search like CDN SF Bay Area. I did a while back and found there are some in the Bay Area. They might be much cheaper. Locally you could probably walk the content in on an USB stick.
David Kaye
2016-11-14 22:57:47 UTC
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Do search like CDN SF Bay Area.
That wasn't the question, really. I can always do searches myself. I'm
looking for someone who actually knows the companies. CDNs are as
ubiquitous as web designers, and as flaky...
n***@sbcglobal.net
2016-11-15 19:41:51 UTC
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Do search like CDN SF Bay Area.
That wasn't the question, really. I can always do searches myself. I'm
looking for someone who actually knows the companies. CDNs are as
ubiquitous as web designers, and as flaky...
Undoubtedly there are forums where CDNs are reviewed and discussed. Search for those. Here's an online streaming magazine though their forum seems inactive. You still not using DASH? You might need it to avoid rebuffering if you are expanding. Developers have made it pretty easy to implement.

http://www.streamingmedia.com/
David Kaye
2016-11-15 20:33:00 UTC
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Undoubtedly there are forums where CDNs are reviewed and discussed.
Search for those.
And then there is ba.internet, a Usenet newsgroup which has people who deal
with this stuff all the time. Oh well...
n***@sbcglobal.net
2016-11-16 20:17:34 UTC
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Undoubtedly there are forums where CDNs are reviewed and discussed.
Search for those.
And then there is ba.internet, a Usenet newsgroup which has people who deal
with this stuff all the time. Oh well...
Streaming and CDNs are rather new so I really wouldn't expect anyone on here to deal with them. I just looked around when you were asking about this a while back and found local CDNs. I also found that GoDaddy even has a CDN service so I suspect some of the other web hosts do too. I'm still not clear on what you are doing but I seem to recall you were using Roku. I just got a 4K Roku TV and have been looking at the Roku SDK.
David Kaye
2016-11-16 22:23:55 UTC
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Streaming and CDNs are rather new so I really wouldn't expect anyone on
here to deal with them.
I just looked around when you were asking about this a while back and
found local CDNs.
I also found that GoDaddy even has a CDN service so I suspect some of the
other web hosts do too.
I'm still not clear on what you are doing but I seem to recall you were
using Roku.
I just got a 4K Roku TV and have been looking at the Roku SDK.
Yeah, my main Roku channel is called BarTV and due to optimistic pricing
some users are causing a cash drain on me because they're using it a bit too
much. When I launch my big ad campaign I'll either have lots of users who
don't use it as much (and thus I can make a profit) or lots of users who use
it all day and all night, thereby bankrupting me. Well, not exactly, but I
hate negative cash flow. Also, I'm about to launch two more channels.

After lots of looking some months back I decided to use Amazon's C3 service.
I'm happy with it except that the downloads can run into some money. Also
since it's not a mission-critical thing I don't need all the redundancy they
offer.

I'd probably go with GoDaddy, except that I never use the same company for
both my DNS and file serving. I want to be able to leave quickly if need
be, and not be screwed over.
n***@sbcglobal.net
2016-11-17 19:39:41 UTC
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Streaming and CDNs are rather new so I really wouldn't expect anyone on
here to deal with them.
I just looked around when you were asking about this a while back and
found local CDNs.
I also found that GoDaddy even has a CDN service so I suspect some of the
other web hosts do too.
I'm still not clear on what you are doing but I seem to recall you were
using Roku.
I just got a 4K Roku TV and have been looking at the Roku SDK.
Yeah, my main Roku channel is called BarTV and due to optimistic pricing
some users are causing a cash drain on me because they're using it a bit too
much. When I launch my big ad campaign I'll either have lots of users who
don't use it as much (and thus I can make a profit) or lots of users who use
it all day and all night, thereby bankrupting me. Well, not exactly, but I
hate negative cash flow. Also, I'm about to launch two more channels.
After lots of looking some months back I decided to use Amazon's C3 service.
I'm happy with it except that the downloads can run into some money. Also
since it's not a mission-critical thing I don't need all the redundancy they
offer.
I'd probably go with GoDaddy, except that I never use the same company for
both my DNS and file serving. I want to be able to leave quickly if need
be, and not be screwed over.
There's a real trick in balancing ads vs content. I think VUDU has it right with "Movies On Us". It reminds me of how movies were played in the 1950s on TV. Too many ads and people won't watch. Monetizing is a true black art.
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