One of the most frequent questions we get is about finding the right package for new broadcasters or stations just starting out. To assist you in making the right choice, we have compiled the following guidelines that will aid you in selecting the most suitable tier to kick-start your journey.
The main differences between the various broadcasting packages are whether or not there are built-in advertisements, the number of Total Listening Hours (TLH) that each package offers, the amount of storage space for track uploads and the unique distribution opportunities.
Note: To make it easier to identify which analytics features are available on each package, icons denoting the corresponding package are placed next to the respective feature set. The icons are BC1+, BC2+, and BC3+, representing the Broadcast packages they are available on. For example, BC2+ indicates that the feature set is available for Broadcast 2 packages and higher, including Broadcast 3, 4, and 5.
Total Listening Hours
Your TLH is the total number of hours that your station can stream every month. The Broadcast 1 package comes with 1,500 TLH. That means that you can have approximately 50 people who tune in to your station for one full hour every day. The Broadcast 2 package comes with 3,500 TLH, Broadcast 3 package comes with 7,000 TLH, Broadcast 4 package comes with 10,000 TLH and the Broadcast 5 package comes with 20,000 monthly TLH.
If you are unsure about how many TLH you will need, we suggest that you start with the Broadcast 1 package. If you go over your TLH, you will be automatically bumped up to the next package at a pro-rated fee. This ensures that your listeners won't get cut off mid-stream. You can check your analytics in the Dashboard to see how much TLH you've used for the month.
How many songs would you like to keep in your library? There's a guide to how many songs your library can hold in the various Broadcast packages here.
Premium station distribution - TuneIn On Air Add-on
Allows the Live365 Stations to expand their reach to TuneIn’s 30 million US-based listeners via TuneIn’s app and 200+ connected devices and auto partners, which include Tesla, Volvo, Sonos, Amazon, Samsung, and others.
Listeners can visit https://cms.tunein.com/get-tunein/ to download the TuneIn app on their favorite devices and start listening anywhere they are.
More information about TuneIn On Air can be found here.
Premium station distribution - iHeartRadio listing included
Live365 has proudly partnered with iHeartMedia allowing our Broadcast 4, Broadcast 5, and Non-Copyright 4 Live365 stations to be available on iHeartRadio, increasing their visibility and discoverability. Listeners can visit iheart.com/apps to download iHeartRadio on their favorite device and tune in anywhere they are.
iHeartRadio is a U.S.-based broadcast, podcast, and streaming radio platform owned by iHeartMedia, one of the largest radio broadcasting platforms in the United States.
The Live365 HTML5 player is one of the best ways for your listeners to experience your station, also, it is the easiest to share via social media. The web player is currently available for Broadcast 4 and Broadcast 5 packages and will display all the current track information, previous tracks, links for purchasing tracks, as well as links to your station’s social media and website.
With the recent licensing updates, the listening process only requires one click. You can find an HTML5 player example here.
Note: The HTML5 player has a wide device compatibility. It can be accessed from any device and screen size with a compatible browser, including smart TV's or car infotainment system.
We know that listener statistics are of paramount importance to any of our Broadcasters. Having as much information as possible about your listeners will allow you to get to know your audience better, as well as take important decisions to grow your audience.
For that reason, we are happy to introduce to you our Analytics & Reporting Manager, or ARM for short. ARM is the home of your Broadcast 4 or 5 station's statistics.
Custom mobile apps and Amazon Alexa skill
Mobile applications have been nothing but transformative in the audio streaming field over the past years. In 2021, the number of smartphone users over the world is 3.8 Billion, which translates to 48.33% of the world's population using a smartphone. Mobile apps currently represent the most efficient and direct way to reach your audience.
Besides your station being listed in the Live365 mobile apps and Alexa skill, our team of professionals specialized in mobile technology will build your own single-station application for Android and iOS, as well as an Alexa skill.
The custom Alexa skill is currently available starting with the Broadcast 2 package.
The Live365 mobile apps are available without extra cost to Broadcast 3 and higher packages or as an Add-on to any other package for $49/mo.
Benztown imaging package
Benztown Branding continuously delivers high-quality audio elements across twenty-one libraries and thirteen formats including AC, Hot AC, CHR, Country, Classic Hits, News/Talk, Rock, Classic Rock, Rhythmic, Hip Hop, and Hip Hop AC.
As part of Broadcast 4, Broadcast 5, and Non-Copyright 4, you can acquire free imaging packages containing shelled produced:
- Promos and sweepers
- Branded song intros
- Artist IDs
- Listener drops
- Song hooks
- Music beds
As an audio CDN, we absolutely understand the need to respond to and resolve issues with streams as promptly as possible. Our teams continue to grow and expand our customer support offerings while providing quicker response times for all Live365 customers.
For these exclusive packages, we are providing enhanced response times which ensure that one of our Support Specialists is getting a first response to you for any support request in maximum:
- 12 hours for Broadcast 4 and Non-Copyright 4 packages
- 3 hours for Broadcast 5 packages
To receive guidance from a Live365 Product Consultant, simply reach out to us by sending an email to email@example.com. We'd be more than happy to help!