Livestation is a media platform for broadcasting live radio and television broadcasts over an IP data network. It was initially developed by Skinkers Ltd., and is now a small business called Livestation Ltd., with its headquarters in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The service has been originally meant for academic research work in the fields of wireless networking and security, but has rapidly changed into a highly usable service for commercial use. Livestation uses a system called CIFS for synchronization of feeds, and this technology is suitable for all kinds of broadcast environments.
The major benefits of Livestation are its capability to manage and coordinate distribution across multiple locations, multiple devices and different servers, as well as its low cost and low maintenance cost. Livestation can be run on any type of operating system, as well as using RTU or WAN networking. The main Livestation server contains a number of different media players that allow users to access their channels from anywhere there is an Internet connection. Livestation software provides the means for administrators to create, delete and configure the broadcast list, while the client side programs add the capability of recording and playback to the list of features.
Livestation allows for the distribution of content from anywhere an Internet connection is available, which can be a valuable asset to any organization looking to diversify into new markets, or to expand into niches that might not previously have been accessible. Livestation also allows for the distribution of content from peer to peer systems. These systems include websites and other technologies used for sharing video and audio files, or for broadcasting events online. Livestation can be used as a distribution protocol on a central server to allow for multiple devices to access the same content at the same time, without the interference from other players on the same network. On the other hand, Livestation can be used as a client to allow multiple devices to stream the same live tv on a personal computer or other connected device.