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You can now ban IP tables from viewing your channel!

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Jaxel, Apr 19, 2014.

  1. Jaxel

    Jaxel Administrator Staff Member

    I just finished implementing a new feature for stream channels here on YoKappa.TV! You can now, if you wish, ban people using specific IP addresses from viewing your channel page.

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    Why would you want to do something like this? Well to give you guys an idea, I simply need to tell a story of something that was going on at a tournament a few years ago...

    At NEC 2012, we were streaming out of a Sheraton Hotel. Hotel internet in general is pretty finicky. This particular hotel had 8mbps of bandwidth, shared among the entire hotel. With 200 hotel rooms, that internet can be consumed rather quickly. So we were running three streams at NEC 2012; pretty much consuming the entirety of the available bandwidth. Almost every hotel room was sold off for this specific event.

    Yet, we were having bandwidth issues throughout the event. Why? Because the rather than coming down to the ballrooms to watch the matches in person, players were deciding to stay in their hotel rooms and watching the stream from the comfort of their couches, using the hotel's internet. So our already limited bandwidth was getting eaten up with people trying to watch the streams we were broadcasting over the same network. So everything was lagging.

    If we had this system back then, we could have banned the entire IP table of the hotel from viewing the channel and displayed some sort of message to the viewers: "Welcome to NEC2014! Come down to Ballroom A and watch the matches in person!".
     

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