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How to Host Video-on-Demand (VOD) Content on Castr3 min read

November 11, 2020 3 min read
How to Host Video-on-Demand

How to Host Video-on-Demand (VOD) Content on Castr3 min read

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Video-on-demand is the technology of storing video online for users to select and watch at any time and from any device. Hosting VOD content is an excellent way for businesses to offer content to their users using such simple practices. 

By making content always available, it is more accessible and more practical for users to get useful information at their convenience, thus improving their experience and engagement.

VOD is also an effective way to monetize video content. There are various VOD models that businesses can choose from and best leverage the available content and apply it to fit their user base. To learn more about the definition of video-on-demand and how it works, check out our blog here.

Besides the livestreaming and multistreaming features, Castr also provides Video Hosting plans for teams and businesses of any size and varied needs. Here’s how to begin hosting your video-on-demand content on Castr.

How to Host Video-on-demand Content on Castr

Powered by Akamai and Fastly CDN, Castr VOD Hosting Buckets supports storing MP4 video sources with an embeddable player and an iframe snippet for playback on any website and hosting domain. 

Besides the HLS playback URL, Castr users also get various security features for hosting their videos (available starting from the 5TB plan): Password protection, Geo-blocking, Geo-whitelisting, and Domain whitelisting without any unwanted branding from Castr.

How to upload and host VOD content with Castr

1. Log in to Castr Dashboard

2. Click Create New > VOD Bucket

3. Give your new VOD project a name > Save

How to Host Video-on-Demand

4. Click Upload Video or drag the files to the Castr app to start uploading media files

How to Host Video-on-Demand

How to get embed URL and iFrame code snippet

1. Once your video is done uploading, click More

2. Here you will find the embed URL and iFrame snippet, and other details of your video files. Copy the links and paste onto your website or any hosting domain.

Note: You will need to contact us (via Live Chat support) to get an HLS URL enabled for your account. HLS URL is only available in 2TB and 2TB+ plans.

How to Host Video-on-Demand

3. To control the security when hosting your VOD content, go to the Security tab

  • Password Protection: Secure the video with passwords. You can make the VOD available exclusively to users with passwords only. 
  • Geo/Country Blocking: Restrict or block user’s access and viewing based on their geographical locations.
  • Geo/Country Whitelisting: Allow access and viewing of users from specific countries. 
  • Domain Whitelisting: Make the embedded player playable only on specific domains. 
How to Host Video-on-Demand

4. Your videos are successfully uploaded and ready for viewing on any hosting domain of your choice. 

Final thoughts

We hope this article is helpful for you to upload and host media files easily with Castr’s VOD Bucket feature. If you need further help, check out the Help Center or contact our 24/7 live chat for support.

What’s next? Learn how to boost viewers by 60% with OTT streaming or how to deal with video bitrate in Castr Blog.



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