HLS Protocol for Video Podcasting: A Better Viewer Experience

HLS, or “HTTP Live Streaming”, is a video streaming format that breaks streams into a sequence of small HTTP-based file downloads, thus making video streaming faster and smoother.

With HLS, we’ll deliver the best possible version of your video at any given time. This means that the Podbean embed players and Apps will switch quality streams depending on the internet speed available. If we detect that your viewers have slower internet initially, but the quality picks up after a few seconds of watching, we’ll automatically switch to a higher quality viewing stream as the viewer watches. They don’t have to touch anything!

You can upgrade your video podcast to HLS by selecting the HLS video option in the Podbean app marketplace.

1. Go to apps.podbean.com and purchase the HLS video app. (You’ll be sent to the Podbean login page if you aren’t logged in; select a podcast channel if you have multiple channels.)

HLS Get App

2. In your Podbean admin, navigate to “Settings”->”Apps”. (You will be redirected to this page when installing the app.)

HLS app in dashboard

To see all the powerful features, services and plugins available to enhance your podcasting experience, visit the Podbean app marketplace. Stay tuned for more to come!

Time Bomb Feature Available for Time-Sensitive Podcast Content

A time bomb is a program that will stop working after a predetermined date or time has been reached. To “time bomb” media files is to automatically delete them after a certain timeframe. It is very useful for files that have a specific lifespan. From the time an episode is published, you can limit how long it will be accessible. To set up the time bomb feature:

1. Go to apps.podbean.com and purchase the “Time Bomb” app. (You’ll be sent to the Podbean login page if you aren’t logged in; select a podcast channel if you have multiple channels.)

Get time bomb app

2. In your Podbean admin, navigate to “Settings”->”Apps”. (You will be redirected to this page when installing the app.)

time bomb app in dashboard

3. Go to “Publish”->”Episodes” to publish a new episode or edit an episode.

publish episodes

4. Under the episode description area, check on “Time Bomb” to set a time limit for this episode. Click “Publish”.

check timebomb

time bomb in publishing

To see all the powerful features, services and plugins available to enhance your podcasting experience, visit the Podbean app marketplace. Stay tuned for more to come!