Stream Machine


A number of our customers use our service to feed their FM transmitters and DAB multiplexes. Some are commercial broadcasters who face financial loss if they are off-air. Others are hobbyists who just want to make sure their radio station is always available!

For these customers we introduced Stream Machine, our innovative service that aims to ensure your station is available at all times.

Unlike most hosts Hippynet can maximise up time by offering a fully redundant streaming service with no single point of failure.

Stream Machine is only available to live broadcasters, unfortunately it does not work with AutoDJ.

100% Up time for broadcasters

Sometimes things do go wrong

Server hardware fails, software encounters problems, networks suffer from malicious attacks, underground fibres get damaged, servers or routers are taken off-line for upgrades. There are a lot of factors that could interrupt any hosting provider. Our Stream Machine service makes your station immune to them all.

Broadcast from geographically diverse data centres

With Stream Machine your station’s output is sent to two streaming servers; your main server in our Liverpool UK data centre and your backup server in a different data centre over 3,600 miles away in Virginia USA. The backup data centre is powered by a different energy supplier and connected by a different bandwidth provider to our main data centre. Even a complete loss of our main data centre would not affect the backup.

Automatic switching

DNS is provided by six name servers in six different data centres. Our service is checked every 60 seconds and if the main server is unavailable the DNS servers redirect your listeners to the backup servers automatically. This switch should take a maximum of 90 seconds.

Listeners are directed back to the main server once it’s recovery has been detected.

For broadcasters of any size

Every radio station is important and redundancy shouldn’t just be for large broadcasters, that’s why we make our Stream Machine service available for all of our customers who use live broadcasting.

account features

All streaming accounts run under Centova Cast, the world’s most advanced Internet Radio stream hosting control panel.

Centova Cast is the world’s leading control panel for streaming Internet radio stations. The web based system gives you full control over every aspect of your station and provides all of the information you need to understand your audience.

  • Easy web-based stream configuration
  • AutoDJ support with powerful playlist scheduler
  • Drag-and-drop AJAX media library
  • Comprehensive statistics and royalty reports
  • Automatic stream monitoring/restarting
  • And much much more…

Centova Cast provides each stream with its own AJAX-driven, interactive and informative start page. Providing stream status and current song, recent tracks list, station tune-in links, on-demand content downloads, song request form and a map of listener locations the start page helps to keep your listeners engaged. Most of these are also available as standalone, AJAX-driven JavaScript widgets which you can use on your own web site.