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Most other providers of streaming media services will charge you based on the number of concurrent listeners you expect to have. For example, this is a typical pricing table from another company:

The Wrong Way to Charge
Listeners Price Per Month
10   £25
20   £48
30   £60
40   £75
So, you select the number of listeners you expect, lets assume 40.

You are now paying £75 per month to have the ability to broadcast your audio (and/or video) to a total 40 people at any given time.

If you really do expect to have 40 people listening 24 hours a day every day of the month then this is fine. But the reality is that at certain times of the day you will have few or maybe no listeners whilst at other times you will have the full 40.

If there are times that you have less than 40 people listening then you are paying for something you are not using.

We prefer to give you a set price for "bandwidth usage" based on the the actual amount to data transferred instead of for a total number of concurrent listeners. Bandwidth usage is explained in full in our Bandwidth Explained page. The short explanation is that it relates directly to how many listeners you actually have and how long for over the entire month. The more listeners and the higher quality the audio you are broadcasting then the more bandwidth you will use.

By using this method you only pay for what you actually use. If you have quiet periods with only a few listeners then in your busier periods you can take advantage of this fact and have more than 40 listeners in your more busy periods.

You pay for a monthly allocation of bandwidth, 50GB for example. It is then up to you how you use this bandwidth; you could have thousands of listeners on one day and very few for the rest of the month. Or you could have hundreds on a Friday evening and just a few dozen on other days.

Regardless of which package you choose, you will never receive an unexpected invoice from us. We keep a close eye on your bandwidth usage and you can too with our Bandwidth Stats Tool. If it looks as if you are likely to exceed your limit then we will contact you to discuss what the charges are likely to be and measures we can take or recommend to avoid them if this is what you prefer to do.

For more information on the packages available please visit our steaming media hosting services pricing guide.

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