Subscribing to our Reflect service is a great way to not worry about streaming bandwidth limitations on your network. The cost of the reflect service has:
- No Data Caps
- No Max File-size allocation
- No viewership limits
- Flat rate cost regardless of usage
No strings attached. For one yearly fixed rate, you get all the benefits of using a Cloudbased CDN service.
Can I stream without using Reflect?
You don't need Reflect. In-fact, you can stream without issue using your own stations bandwidth. Though the one thing you need to keep in mind when using your own bandwidth is if you have enough of a upload speed to keep up with the viewership demand.
For example, lets say your VOD and/or Live content bit-rate is 2.8mbps (pretty typical for 720p content). This means for each viewer you have for your content, you'll need to keep up with 2.8mbps per viewer. If, with your ISP, you're paying for 10mbps upload speed, this means you can have up to 4 simultaneous viewers before you run into content delivery issues.
If your internet cant keep up with the viewership demand, your viewers will start experiencing buffering issues. This means their content will keep pausing while its trying to keep up with all the other users requesting video content. This is the case with VOD content or Livestreaming your channels
Whats the bandwidth benefits to using Reflect?
When using Reflect, you're only streaming your content out once to our CDN Server, and then from that server it feeds content to your viewers, putting the bulk of the bandwidth requests on the Cloud CDN Server.
This means your 2.8mbps video content only needs to stream once to the Reflect server. No matter how many viewers you have.
Using Reflect to extend to OTT Hardware
When using Reflect, you also have the ability to stream your VOD and Live content to Roku and Apple TV® devices! Checkout our KB on Screenweave.