Unlike many web cast providers we own and operate our own racks of servers. We have been hosting online content since June 2000 and have become very technically proficient as a result of running all our own software as opposed to using 3rd party services.
We like to think this gives us a technical edge over our competitors (we quite often find that we are called in when a previous company has not managed to deliver).
Our network has grown as video has become more high definition. With our in house 100+ servers and access to global CDN's we can scale up to literally any level of capacity.
Our first broadcast was a jazz gig, with audio streamed over a hotel telephone box. We ran a local RealNetworks server and could support 3 connections. The band were a little scathing of a mass of cat5 and large CRT monitors, but soon changed their mind when a listener wanted to buy a CD.
Paul Macdonald helped me out with a webcasting project I was running in Edinburgh. When I say 'helped me out', actually I mean he made it work properly using some IT gadgetry he's developed over a decade of broadcasting over the net.Sam Thom, Scotland Votes hustings