A New Ponyville Live! Feature, Multiple Streams per Station:
From a behind-the-scenes, “web developer nerd” standpoint, adding support for multiple streams has been one of the most heavily requested, but also one of the longest and most challenging additions to the Ponyville Live! network web site.
Today, after heavy development work and testing, we’re pleased to announce the launch of “multi-stream” support for PVL stations.
Here are some common examples of cases where multiple streams for the same station can be very useful:
- Mobile Streams
If you’re on a bandwidth-limited connection, the more music you can squeeze out of every byte, the better. Some stations already have “mobile” low-bitrate streams that offer the same music at a lower bitrate.
- New Audio Formats
Until now, all PVL radio stations have streamed in the MP3 format, which is by far the most popular format for web radio. Newer formats have emerged that are more efficient or generally sound better, like Ogg Vorbis, and this will let you play those through our system as well.
- Regional Stream Relays
Are you not located in North America, where most PVL stations are hosted? You may find that your connection to the servers are sometimes slow. Now, with stations that have set up relays in different geographic areas, you can pick the one closest to you.
- New Genres or Unique Content
Some stations interrupt their normal musical programming with talk shows, podcasts, DJ mixes or other content. Using this new system, stations can create multiple relays for different types of listeners, including those who want all of the shows, and those who only want the music.
- An Offline Stream Safety Net
Even if you don’t need to use a different bitrate, format, or location, sometimes it’s just nice to have a little redundancy. That way, if one stream goes down, the others can stay online. If your favorite station goes offline, having multiple streams may let you keep the music going.
To use the new “multi-stream” feature, just click a station on the Ponyville Live! homepage to play it. If the station has multiple streams, you’ll see a little cross-arrows button which, when clicked, shows all of the available streams. As an added bonus, if you switch to a new stream, we’ll also remember it the next time you come back to the web site, so your player will automatically use that secondary stream.
Of course, this feature is new, so not every station is taking advantage of it yet. Soon, though, you’ll be able to see the new streams on our PVL homepage, along with our apps and plugins, including our Chrome desktop app and HoofSounds in the future.
Here at PVL, we never stop working to deliver the very best media experience the pony community has to offer. We have even more awesome new features coming down the pipeline, so stay tuned for more!
Brony EDM Legend Archie Collab Album, “The Dessolation of Archie”, Releases August 17:
This August, the electronic pony music world is about to be taken by storm.
EDM producer Archie (now also known as Desso) has been hard at work on his brand new album, “The Dessolation of Archie”. The album is an unpredecented collaboration between Archie and many of the fandom’s most respected musical minds, including:
- Eurobeat Brony
- Knife Pony
- Silva Hound
- The Living Tombstone
These awesome musicians joined together to support their fellow brony in his time of need. All of the proceeds from sales of this new album will go to fund much-needed surgery for Archie.
The album will release on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 1:00am Eastern, and will be available via Archie’s Bandcamp page: http://mrarchie.bandcamp.com/
About The Cause
Some of Archie’s fans know about his health situation, but for those of you who don’t, here’s a quick summary:
Several months ago, Archie began experiencing severe headaches, migraines, nausea, pain, fever and other symptoms. A trip to the doctor initially revealed a kidney infection, but further investigation showed a more sinister cause for his problems: an arachnoid cyst that is growing near his spinal cord, pressing on vital nerves and quickly becoming potentially life-threatening.
Because of the cyst’s proximity to Archie’s vital organs, removal is a very risky process that carries with it the danger of a rupture or lethal infection. Unfortunately, surgery is the only remaining option as the cyst continues to grow. Over the next 6-24 months, the growing cyst will put increasing pressure on his spinal column, slowly debilitating and possibly eventually killing him.
For more on Archie’s condition, including supporting documentation and x-ray scans, visit the Wolf Beats page dedicated to his fundraiser.
For years now, Archie has poured his heart and soul into his music, and the brony community owes him an immense debt of gratitude for the amazing music he has produced. His music has not only kept us all entertained throughout the years, but it has inspired many of our favorite musicians to take the plunge into music production themselves. Because of the influence Archie has had on the pony music world, many of our favorite musicians put their minds together and produced this amazing album to support his continuing health.
The Pre-Release Livestream
An album release for a great cause like this one wouldn’t be complete without a celebration of the people who helped make it possible, and the amazing musical community that we foster.
That’s why, for a full 24 hours before the album launch, the hosts and DJs at Ponyville Live’s electronic and live DJ station PonyvilleFM are bringing you a live stream of the best electronic music, interviews with the musicians who made the album possible, and a sneak peek at the songs from the album itself.
The stream starts at 1:00am Eastern on Saturday, August 16, at http://ponyvillelive.com/. Stop by and tune in to support our friend Archie, celebrate brony music, and get hyped up for the new album!
The Equestrian Broadcasting Company Presents Fallout Equestria Episode 2, Saturday at 7pm EDT on PonyvilleFM:
Fans of the Fallout: Equestria series rejoice! The newest episode of the very well-produced FoE radio play will be premiering on Ponyville Live’s own PonyvilleFM this Saturday afternoon.
For all the details, check out the EBC’s press release below:
After months of hard work, the Equestrian Broadcasting Company is proud to present the next chapter in the thrilling saga of the Fallout: Equestria Radio Play. In the last episode, we left our young heroine, Littlepip, as she was swept up in a series of events that would change her life forever.
Having left the comforts of her stable, Littlepip is subjected to the vast and harsh nature of the Wasteland for the very first time, and although she is mere feet from the place she had lived her whole life, she couldn’t be further from home. How will she adjust to the horrors lying in wait around every turn? Where could Velvet Remedy have gone, and for what reason?
What does the future hold for our heroine in the making?
Find out in Fallout Equestria Episode 2: Into the Wastes.
Tune in to PonyvilleFM Saturday, May 24, at 7PM Eastern (Sunday 00:00 GMT) for the grand premiere. If you are unable to attend the premier broadcast, PVFM will air the episode again on Sunday at 7AM Eastern (12:00 GMT).
Fallout: Equestria Radio Play
Episode 2: Into the Wastes
Jessi Nowack (Nowacking) as Littlepip
Eileen Montgomery (EileMonty) as Velvet Remedy
Adam Hastings (Scorch Mechanic) as the Narrator
Matt Bunch (MisterShoebox) as Monterey Jack
Also featuring the voice talents of:
Justin Levens (Xlerb)
Based on the story by Kkat
Adapted for radio by RadioHooves and LeatherDuster
Editing and sound design by Warbalist, Lyonize, and TicTac
Original soundtrack by Warbalist and Pashoo
Visual art by Acesential and Pashoo
Casting by Matt Bunch (MisterShoebox)
Project Coordination by Dalken Starbyne
Public Relations and Release Planning by The4thaggie
Fallout: Equestria includes characters and settings inspired by “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic” and “Fallout”. The Equestrian Broadcasting Company is neither endorsed by nor affiliated with Hasbro, Inc. or Bethesda Softworks, LLC. Fallout: Equestria is a derivative parody work produced under the provisions of Fair Use.
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