|Slogan||"Streaming as a Service"|
|Available language(s)||English, French|
|Alexa rank||74,777 (December 2013[update])|
DaCast is a web based video streaming platform that enables individuals or firms to broadcast audiovisual content and allows viewers to watch free or paid programming. Unlike platforms such as YouTube or Livestream, the service requires broadcaster to purchase bandwidth (through pay as you go or a monthly plan) to stream. It differentiates itself through a white-label, cloud based system with a focus on monetizing videos through an included merchant account.
The online video streaming company was founded in 2008 by Stephane Roulland. It was originally going to be a peer-to-peer (P2P) based service, with DaCast being the product name under Andolis LLC. This approach was abandoned due to extensively dropping bandwidth prices, which removed the reduced cost benefit of a P2P model. In preparation for a 2010 launch, the company changed its name to DaCast LLC and pursued streaming from server networks.
DaCast is self-service with an automated sign up. The platform allows users to create live channels or videos on demand. It is positioned as a "SaaS" (software as a service) solution for streaming and, as of October 2011, adopted the slogan "Streaming as a Service".
The platform features ways to monetize streams that are user provisioning based. Monetization methods over the system include: allowing ads to be inserted in the media player, pay per view system, and by making viewers subscribe to specific content. Transactions are managed by a system called Pay-in-Play that works inside the media player. The system is SSL encrypted, and can be delivered to a website through using embed codes.
DaCast’s broadcasting and viewing is based on Adobe Flash and RTMP. Several encoders such as Wirecast, NewTek's Tricaster, or Digital Rapids products like TouchStream are supported. Users can broadcast instantly from the site Dacast.com using Flash to auto-detect and stream from a video camera or webcam. DaCast supports multiple video and audio formats such as MOV, MP4, MP3, M4A, AAC and can transcode additional formats over the service. It also supports H.264 and VP6 which enables viewers to have HD streaming quality offering up to 3Mbit/s.
Content hosted on DaCast can be presented over broadcaster websites, DaCast's viewer service or Facebook. This is done through using embed codes on a website or a URL-like share code to a Facebook wall.
DaCast uses a Flash based system for its media player and to register payments. This has been controversial as IOS devices do not support Flash, starting with the iPhone launch in 2007. To solve this, the company uses an iframe embed code to allow viewing over devices such as the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. To be viewable, this content must have MP4 as its container type with H.264 as its video codec and AAC audio. This method is limited, though, as it does not support live streaming and content cannot have a paywall (pay per view or subscription) attached.
In May 2011, DaCast announced a partnership with EdgeCast Networks, a Content Delivery Network (CDN), which gave them increased support for global live streaming. DaCast has also partnered with Sphilip, Creation Forge, Digitrad and Encoding.com.
DaCast has released the public beta for live and VOD (video ondemand) video publishing and streaming to HTML5 last July 30, 2013. This includes support for mobile devices (Android and iOS) and the opportunity to sell videos on mobiles. The company first started their private beta in March 2013, which prioritizes based on the user’s account level and the duration of being an active DaCast broadcaster. 
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