I want to stream audio up into the internet with good quality, so I used BroadWave, but I only get good results at 128KB/s, and because of my broadband connection, I could only allow up to 2 simultaneous connections to the server.
I changed to Windows Media Encoder and I was able to take the bitrate down to 32KB/s while preserving the quality. That could allow up to 8 simultaneous connections.
There is an option in Windows Media Encoder that allows you to push the stream to a server instead of having clients connecting directly to my computer. Is there a list of such servers that I can use that has good capacity?