SoniXCast & CentovaCast Partner Up

We are happy to announce that SoniXCast is now offering Globally Licensed CentovaCast stream hosting packages!

Click here for ShoutCast Packages and Pricing

Click here for Icecast Packages and Pricing

Why CentovaCast?

CentovaCast is the preferred radio automation control panel by Hobbyists and Webcasters worldwide. It’s mature, stable and well known by Web Radio Producers. And, more importantly, it was requested over and over by our customers. CentovaCast offers features that are not yet available on the BoomBox platform and integrates seamlessly with SoniXCast’s Global Relay Network and SoniXFM™ Aggregation Service. Read more about CentovaCast here. Check out the Demo here. Take the guided Tour here.

What about BoomBox?

Freed of trying to provide legacy support, BoomBox will continue to be developed more towards Professional and Terrestrial Radio Stations which makes up the majority of our customer base and who demand more cutting edge technologies. This change in direction takes BoomBox out of direct competition with CentovaCast as they now address two fundamentally different vertical markets.

Can I switch from BoomBox to CentovaCast?

Unfortunately No. The BoomBox and CentovaCast systems are incompatible and pricing is structured differently. The only way to ‘change over‘ is to cancel your BoomBox service and setup a new CentovaCast service.

What about Licensing?

Like BoomBox, all streaming services are licensed for worldwide broadcast with same restrictions, guidelines and recommendations with the difference that CentovaCast streaming packages do not receive an official Station ID (CSNX-XXXX) and are instead licensed under our umbrella license agreement with SOCAN. Read more about SoniXCast Global Licensing here.

Hosting Infrastructure

CentovaCast services are maintained in our AnyCastIP™ global network with over 50 geographically dispersed relay nodes and hosted on our cutting edge failover virtual server infrastructure technology which offers unmatched uptime and availability.

What about Resellers?

Unlike BoomBox, SoniXCast offers multi-tiered reseller and affiliate programs for CentovaCast services. At the time of writing, price structuring was still being developed, but those interested are encouraged to contact support@sonixcast.com and ask about the program. The release of the Reseller program will be announced separately.

What about Bundling?

Yes. SoniXCast will offer CentovaCast and CPanel Web Hosting bundled packages. At the time of writing, the team was still working on price structures and once finished, the release of bundled packages will be announced separately.

Amazon Prime Goes Live

We are happy to announce that SoniXCast Stations are now on Amazon Prime!

Today we received notification that Amazon Prime Music is now listing SoniXCast Stations bringing SoniXCast Radio Content to over 7 million new subscribers.

…But there were issues…

Amazon developers never could tell us exactly how much network traffic would be generated and when they turned up the service it caused some network slowdown and in some cases services went offline from the load.

Our smallest network (SoniXCast Canada) which provides streaming services to small internet radio stations and hobbyists was impacted the most. But some of our professional broadcast networks in Brazil and Australia suffered some network slowdown as well.

This was all due to a burst in indexing of SoniXCast Radio Stations by the Amazon Servers. Network traffic has normalized now and we have tweaked our networks so that going forward we won’t experience such a slow down.

Is there more to come?

Yes. We’ve acquired four more professional broadcast networks and are still working on partnership agreements with Verizon, GM and AT&T. However, the lessons learned with Apple and Amazon has taught us to expect much higher traffic loads than estimated and we’ve quadrupled our expectations for future integrations and we will keep tweaking these numbers until we get it right.

New Panic Button Feature in BoomBox

We are happy to announce the new Panic Button Feature in BoomBox 3.1!

The panic button (heartbeat icon, upper right menu of the boombox control panel) feature executes repair routines that will fix issues most commonly reported by producers. Here is a list of repair routines:

  • Repairs directory permissions
  • Synchronizes Passwords (Services, FTP and Account)
  • Rotates Service Logs
  • Cleans Temporary Directories
  • Re-Writes Service Configuration Files
  • Restarts Services (Server, AutoDJ)

Important: While the panic button feature will not repair all issues, it does allow producers to help themselves quickly without having to wait on the support team and is recommended to try first before submitting a support request.

Read the BoomBox Documentation for more information.

Interim Update Playlist & DJ Manager

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We are happy to announce the release of BoomBox Playlist & DJ Manager version 3.1sc. This interim release addresses customer reported issues and finalizes the user interface conversion for the upcoming release of BoomBox Liquidsoap.

Patches in this version

  • The inability for some browsers to save playlist settings or apply folder changes.
  • Upgraded UI components (which partially caused playlist saving issues)
  • Changes made to Playlists or DJ’s would not immediately be affected in the AutoDJ service.
  • AutoDJ service would randomly crash for no reason.

What’s New?

  • Complete rewrite of the user interface replacing deprecated components (dropdowns, checkboxes…) with Bootstrap 4 standardized components.
  • More management functionality added to the Playlist and DJ Manager overview tables.
  • Elimination of browser specific code bettering Mobile Device compatibility.
  • Added more Recurrence scenarios for added programming flexibility.
  • Larger Icons for better readability.
  • Updated documentation and usage examples.

Overview Pages

The Playlist & DJ Manager Overview pages have been completely rewritten now using Bootstrap 4 standardized components and larger icons for better readability and mobile device compatibility. Producers will appreciate the added management capabilities like being able to adjust Priority, Recurrence, Shuffle and Repeat settings directly from the overview page.

Editor Pages

Like the Overview pages, The Editor pages have been completely rewritten for speed, and compatibility. Not much was changed in the layout, however new Date and Time Pickers were implemented to facilitate ease of use as well as larger buttons and icons to aid readability.

BoomBox AutoDJ Update

The next phase for the changeover from the old ShoutCast AutoDJ to Liquidsoap has been released. Customers are encouraged to check and/or adjust their DJ and Playlist priority settings.

What’s Changed?

Liquidsoap uses a concept called clocks and in order to achieve a seamless changeover, we needed to adjust some database settings. Primarily the priority setting which works fundamentally different in Liquidsoap. A translator has been built which converts settings, but some DJ and Playlists may not fully translate. Therefore customers are encouraged to chack their priority settings and make adjustments as necessary.

How many more conversion phases are planned?

Currently just 2 more. All but two systems have been converted over to CentOS 7 which is required for Liquidsoap and are planned to be completed within the next two weeks. DJ and Playlist settings are already being saved simultaneously for the old ShoutCast transcoder and Liquidsoap. However, more behind the scenes testing and conversion is required before a final release.

Global Relay Updates

Some of you may have had issues with your relay url stopping after a few seconds. This issue has now been repaired for all SoniXCast customers. We apologize for the inconvenience.

What Happened?

Through our partnerships with Roku and iTunes, we were able to negotiate priority listings for SoniXCast Radio Stations. As a result listener and metadata query traffic went way up.

The immense amount of additional traffic quickly overloaded the set limit of 2 million connections per server, so we had to raised it to 8 million connections per server.

In addition, the intrusion detection system was seeing the higher than normal traffic as malicious and as a result began rotating ip-addresses. We’ve adjusted those limits as well.

As good measure we also updated the limits within the AnyCastIP network to ensure that there is enough bandwidth available for future growth and will be adding extra relay nodes in more locations.