SAM Broadcaster is a 3rd-party Automation/Playout software that 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 purchase it.


NOTE: If you are having an issue with SAM Broadcaster after an outage or interruption, please see our article on how to recover your SAM relay stream.


First, make sure you are editing the station where you want to make these changes. Highlight and click the station name to select it. If you are unfamiliar with how to navigate this part of Live365, please see this help article which describes dashboard navigation. 



Once you have selected the appropriate station, you will be taken to that Station's Menu page. From this page, you will be able to navigate and make changes and adjustments to your station.  


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) Select Sources -> Live DJ from the left column Station Menu. Locate the "Encoder Settings" area as shown below:



Please leave the "Encoder Settings" window open as you will need to input this information into the SAM encoder interface. For accuracy, it is recommended that you Copy (ctrl c) and Paste (ctrl p) this information directly into the required fields.


Step 4) In SAM Broadcaster, locate the “Encoders” window. This is typically located on Desktop B.



Step 5) Press the “+” button to add a new encoder.



Step 6) Select "MP3 (LAME_ENC)" from the menu, and press "OK." 



Step 7) Select “128” in the bitrate menu. Leave the other settings as their default. 



Step 8) 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 9) Fill in the information provided in the Live365 “Encoder Settings” window. 

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.


Once your encoder is set, you can set up Statistics Relay in SAM Broadcaster. Follow this help article to learn more. 


If you have problems connecting 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.


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 need to also manually insert our ad trigger files.