Props to iFM 93.9 for putting a live stream of their FM broadcast in Manila using YouTube.
You can now watch the live stream on the link below
The live stream however may change or may be deleted, so you can check out their official YouTube channel
Their radio personalities however continue to upload videos and post live videos of their boardwork on Facebook.
But like many stations, they still primarily live stream using IBM Cloud, which is now the owner of UStream.
Other stations are still using shoutcast or icecast servers for audio only listening.
There is an upside to using YouTube though.
1.) The can monetize their stream
2.) The server is reliable
3.) Its reach is wide
The downsides though to YouTube streaming:
1.) Copyright takedowns, even if you are a licensed FM radio, the bots will automatically remove any uploaded videos
Such is what happened to a radio station in Cebu when they used YouTube to live stream, but their video was taken down by Warner Music.
This is the very reason why most Facebook Live sessions by DJs are only during adlibs or off the air work. They usually mute or turn the down the volume of their actual music they play live on the air, to prevent the bots from tagging their videos.
This is the very reason why competitor DWRR still uses BrightCove for their live stream. It is a very exclusive platform , so unless you subscribe to TFC abroad, you won’t be able to listen.