How to Live Stream on Linux

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This post will take you through the process of how to live stream on Linux, by creating a simple live stream player page in a Linux environment.  This example uses a web server, a MetaCDN account and some open source goodies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 x Linux machine (My development box, running Ubuntu 12.04).
  • 1 x Photo of a TV.
  • 1 x Accessible web server ( in our case, running apache - http://httpd.apache.org).
  • 1 x MetaCDN live streaming account (www.metacdn.com).
  • 1 x Text Editor Of Your Choice (vim).
  • 1 x GIMP.  No, not a person with a physical impairment – we’re talking about the GNU Image Manipulation Program. (http://www.gimp.org).
  • 1 x FFMPEG (https://www.ffmpeg.org).

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Justin.tv Alternative – MetaCDN Live Streaming

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With the closing of Justin.tv‘s live streaming service, customers are left searching for alternative providers. Among all of the live streaming services providers available, MetaCDN’s live streaming service stands out to be one of the fastest, highest quality and easiest solution to suit your needs.

Even better, we are  offering a 30% discount off your first invoice on all signups using the coupon “JUSTINTV” to allow an easy and cost effective transition for your live streaming needs. This coupon expires 16th of August 2014.

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So what is a CDN anyway, and why is a Multi CDN Better?

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A CDN or Content Delivery Network places web server clusters (PoPs or points of presence) in strategic geographical locations across the globe to improve the responsiveness and locality of the content (images, videos, javascript, CSS, etc.) it hosts for end-users. The aim is to improve the end-user experience by ensuring that web sites are fast, reliable and robust, deliver a consistent service level and exceed the performance expectations of all end-users no matter where they are in the world. 

So if I’m not using a CDN, then how is my website currently serving content to visitors?

In most cases your server is likely serving your website content  using the following method.

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Reducing Your Website Load Time by 1 Second Can Have a BIG Impact! Here’s How.

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MetaCDN recently evaluated the impact of a 1 second reduction in page load time for a client. While 1 second seems like a small saving, it’s often just the tip of the iceberg. This client ended up saving a huge 4,234 hours per year in load times! This was achieved with the use of our CDN (content delivery network)!

The infographic below explains the load time reduction for our client and then goes on to explain a little about why reducing load times is so important for every site especially eCommerce websites.

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Custom SSL now available for MetaCDN Website Accelerator

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Overview

MetaCDN is pleased to announce the long-awaited launch of custom SSL support for our Website Accelerator service. This allows customers to securely use their own branded domains (e.g. https://cdn.yourdomain.com) when accelerating websites or content using the MetaCDN Website Accelerator. You can enable Custom SSL on your own domain name from as little as $200 per month. For the rest of July, we are offering free setup on all Custom SSL services, saving you up to $1000!

If you’d like to get started and take advantage of our introductory free setup offer, email MetaCDN Support at support@metacdn.com to begin the setup process.

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