Live365 takes pride in being able to be configured on multiple platforms. SAM Broadcaster is a 3rd party software that helps you can use to broadcast live to your Live365 stream. There are many other similar programs. Some are free and some have associated costs. As long as the encoder can handle Icecast (Version2) streams, you will be able to use it to broadcast with Live365. SAM Broadcaster has a free trial, but for full functionality, you will need to buy a copy.
If you are having an issue with SAM after an outage or interruption, please see our article about how to recover your SAM relay stream.
Here are step-by-step instructions for setting up your SAM encoder to work with Live365.
Step 1) Download a copy of SAM broadcaster.
Step 2) Open your Live365 Broadcaster dashboard. (Login Required).
Step 3) Locate the Station Information area of your Live365 Dashboard, shown below:
Step 4) Click on the orange “Live Stream Details” button.
Step 5) A new window will open containing the “Setup Instructions” similar to the one shown below:
Step 6) In SAM Broadcaster, locate the “Encoders” window. This is typically located on Desktop B.
Step 7) Press the “plus” button to add a new encoder.
Step 8) Select MP3 (LAME_ENC) from the menu, and press OK.
Step 9) Select “128” in the bitrate menu. Leave the other settings as their default.
Step 10) Next, move on to the “Server Details” tab, and select “IceCast” for the Server Type. Do not select “Live365” as this option currently does not work.
Step 11) Enter the Setup Instructions from the window on your Live365 Broadcaster:
Set the Server Type to Icecast2. Enter the Server Details from Live365: Server IP, Server Port, Username, Password and Mount. Don't forget to add the "/" before entering the Mount Name. Click "OK" to save your changes.
Step 12) Press the “Play” button in the Encoders window to start the encoder and begin broadcasting.
When you click the play button, you will override any scheduled Events and AutoDJ in the Live365 Broadcaster. Live365 Broadcaster may be used as a fallback, in the event your SAM application crashes or goes offline.
Please remember that even when you are broadcasting live, your files must transmit the correct metadata for copyrighted content (Artist - Title). If you are part of the Ad Revenue Share Program, you must also manually insert our ad trigger files. You can find them here: https://support.live365.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003833727-Live-DJ-Ad-Triggers
Once your encoder is set, you can set up Statistics Relay in SAM Broadcaster. Follow this help article here to learn more: https://support.live365.com/hc/en-us/articles/115005143808-SAM-Broadcaster-Statistics-Relay
If you have problems reconnecting SAM Broadcaster or SAM Cloud after a planned or unplanned outage, it will need to be refreshed. SAM Broadcaster does not detect when the Icecast stream from our server comes back online. SAM Broadcaster PRO does reconnect automatically, the other versions do not.