Monthly Archives: August 2014

New Feature – Monthly Rollover for Unused Credit

unused-credit-header-small-metacdn We’re pleased to announce that MetaCDN are now offering monthly rollover for unused credits for all Content Delivery and Live Streaming plans. Credits left over from the previous month’s allocation are now being rolled over into the next month. This is free of charge, and is now in effect for all new and existing accounts.

A few things to note:

  • If your account is closed then reopened you will lose all of the built up credits and will have to start from scratch.
  • Credits are now effectively valid for 2 months.

If you have any questions about this new feature feel free to contact us!

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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