Stream Machine

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

No host can provide genuine 100% up time without a fully redundant service. Server hardware fails, software encounters problems, networks suffer from malicious attacks, underground fibres get damaged, servers or switches 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

Our streaming servers are checked by six monitoring servers in six different data centres. The service is checked every 60 seconds and if the main server is unavailable your listeners are redirected to the backup servers automatically. This switch should take a maximum of 90 seconds and is fully automatic, requiring no human intervention.

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.