|Alright folks, it's October!
As promised, I have made some updates to the site. I will probably continue to tweak it throughout the month as I reconsider the content on the site here.
This year for October, I'm following the same template as last year. New "Octobery" anime every weekend, and an October LTS on weekdays.
I'm quite excited, as this year I finally have enough anime for the October LTS that I don't have to loop it at all! I have about 20 straight days' worth of October anime, plus all the content for the weekends. That means I now have an entire month of content for October. Very cool!
In other news, I have started another stream! In addition to Channel 99 and Channel 101 I now have Channel 3000, playing exclusively Mystery Science Theater 3000. Of all the content one used to find on ShoutCast TV, MST3K was always a mainstay. Usually there were two or more MST3K streams at all times. Since they are now all gone, I have decided to start one up.
The company I am hosting Channel 3000 (and Channel 101) through is called GetStreamHosting.com and they seem to be the best value at this time. If you've been keeping up with the posts in the comment section to the right, then you probably already know about the fiasco I've had with the old provider for Channel 99. After 15 straight days of downtime on that server, I've finally decided to move Channel 99 onto GetStreamHosting as well. This is something I had been considering doing for the past year, but was very reluctant to give up the stream IP that I've had since 2011. On the positive side, I am now paying about the same price for all three streams as I was paying for Channel 99 alone with the old provider.
As of this post, the old server is back up and running, but I have ceased playing any content on it aside from a bump directing viewers to the new server IP. I've also quit paying for it, so it will remain up only until automatically shut down, at which point I will simply decline to renew it.
I've pulled the very last listener hours data from the old server (which conveniently went down on 31 August) and you can see it below. The new server uses a different interface, but I should still be able to get listener hour data in the future.
Along with those stats, I've put together another graph with some interesting data.
As I was trying to figure out how much October content I had, I started thinking about how much content I had overall, and how much time it would equate to. I know that over the past year, I have averaged about 300 files per week when playing the LTS. I currently have about 7,500 files in the LTS (That includes the October anime), which equates to 25 weeks, or almost exactly a half a year of straight anime. Whoa! I've also got several Weekends' worth of anime which hasn't yet been added to the LTS. Anyway, in my typical tangential way, I started thinking about how I've organized all these files over time, and got to wondering how many files I had at various times throughout the history of Channel 99.
For example, up until April 2014, I used to plan and assemble each playlist (what I'd now call an "LTS") by hand. How many files was I juggling at that point? And how many before I really got the LTS software working, in July 2015? Well, about 2,000 and 3,200, respectively. Check out the chart below to see how the collection has grown over the years.
I love looking at stats like this. It gives me a good idea how intensely Channel 99 was growing at different points in its life. I hadn't realized it, but 2016 was the biggest year in terms of content expansion.
2017 on the other hand has been pretty slow. As I say every year, we'll have to see where it will go from here. After October, I plan to do the usual break until mid-December, and probably a new LTS on the first of the year.
It will be interesting to see how the viewership is affected by the change in servers. I will be posting updates to the listener hours graph closer to the end of the year to more closely evaluate the state of the stream. Until then, keep watching, and I hope you all enjoy October with Channel 99!
|Latest Listener Hours Graph|
|Pulled the latest stats. I didn't realize it's been like a year and a half since I last did this.
I still can't figure out what the hell happened in the first quarter of 2016, but over the past year or so it's been pretty stable.
Which amazes me.
I just wanted to thank, again, everyone who still watches.
Yes, they're finally in!
Get them here!
I ended up going with the Cat-on-the-front design. It seemed as though y'all liked the Julius shirts, but not as the only option. I probably won't have the Julius shirts made unless there's a huge demand for them. And I don't think there will be.
Also, I ended up going with a slightly higher quality screen printer than I had been looking at previously. As a result, I wasn't able to justify paying for a back screen print just for the URL, so it's on the front.
The cost for any size, shipped any where, is $25 USD.
These are high quality screen prints using locally made ink and printed by a local printer. They are on Gildan 800 50/50 blend tagless shirts, which are durable, breathe well and are nice n soft.
I only had 50 made, one is for myself and I will be taking 16 more to an upcoming convention. So there are only 33 available on the site here! I have 8 Mediums, 10 Large, 10 XL and 5 2XL. See the size chart straight from Gildan below for measurements. These 50/50 blend shirts don't shrink much at all, if any. Measurements are in inches.
There are also new Channel 99 Stickers, 2-3/4" square, six of which will be included with the shirt for free!
Head to the Extras page to purchase. Currently I am using PayPal checkout, because I already have it set up for other ventures. If you want to be sure to get a shirt, please just use PayPal. You don't need to have a PayPal account to complete checout. I am willing to work with folks if they desire an alternate payment method, but I can't make any guarantees.
It costs me about $3 to ship anywhere in North America via USPS First Class, and about $10 to ship anywhere in the EU via International First Class. If you are outside of North America, I would appreciate it if you would also donate a couple dollars to help offset that shipping cost.
Also, if you make a donation (also available on the "Extras" page) along with your shirt purchase, I will throw in some extra stickers and maybe some other surprises as well!
I will be out of town until Wednesday 3-May, so the first batch of shipments will be sent out then.
Now, in the interest of transparency, here are all the financials behind this fund raiser:
The goal is to pay for the new HDD, which cost me $255.99 USD.
The shirts cost $418.70
The stickers cost $74.00
Assuming an average cost of $5 for shipping, that's $245 to ship 49 shirts.
That puts the total out-of-pocket cost at $993.69
To break even on the shirts and stickers, I have to sell 30 shirts at $25.
To then cover the cost of the HDD, I will have to sell an additional 10, or a total of 40 shirts.
If I sell all the shirts, I will have made a profit of $231.31, which is enough to pay for the Channel 99 and Channel 101 servers for 13 months.
|So I had to upgrade the HDD due to overflowing Anime and a failing drive.
Rather than take the next logical step to a 6TB drive, I went for the 8TB.
It was $255 after the warranty paid out for the old one.
So, I need to have a little fundraiser!
I'm finally getting the shirts, two years after promising them.
But I can't quite decide on a design. Obviously the cat logo will be on there, but I'd also really like to have a Julius Sumner Miller, Channel 101 themed shirt. So I need some feedback.
What will it be? Julius and the Cat (good band name) or just the cat?
If [when] nobody responds, I'll go with the Julius option.
I'm meeting with the screen printer a week from today (on Fri 4/14) so if you have an opinion let it be heard!
A back screen is only an extra 63¢ per shirt so either way they will sell for $25 (shipping included) and will include some bonus free stickers, which I am ordering tonight.
Once I get some feedback and get them ordered, I will post the full details.
|New Dedicated Channel 101 Server!|
|Okay, so the universe must really want me to do this.
I briefly thought about starting another stream over my Halloween vacation.
Then I.Khider left that comment over there asking if there was another stream.
Then the company that hosts Channel 99 bitched out... again.
Fuck it! I'm starting a new stream.
Originally Channel 101 was supposed to be its own stream anyway, and I found a provider that's cheap as shit.
126.96.36.199:8017 will be Channel 101 going forward, and once 188.8.131.52:8060 comes back online, I'll switch it back over to anime and it will remain Channel 99.
The shitty thing here is that I still don't hav a lot of content for Channel 101. Oh well.
This also serves another purpose. All this downtime with my first provider is pissing me off. I need another server set up if they're going to keep fucking up like this. When this happens in the future, Channel 101 will become Channel 99.
I'll also probably use this server for other random shit, or maybe it'll only last a couple months if nobody watches it!
|October LTS Schedule|
|The October LTS Schedule is up! Starting out with Ghost Stories and Pet Shop Of Horrors!|
|Once again it's finally October! And this year I've come prepared. I'm actually starting on time this year, in fact about 6 hours early! I'm starting off the month right with a Higurashi marathon, running through Saturday afternoon, then Demon Prince Zenki the rest of the weekend.
Last year I really screwed myself by not having things ready ahead of time, I was getting the shows ready right up until they had to be played. I kind of lost out on the entire month of October because I was fucking around with Channel 99 constantly. This year, I've prepared everything ahead of time. All files have been converted, schedules made, and playlists assembled, so all I have to do every weekend is press GO and enjoy my October! Hopefully, you'll be able to do the same with some Octobery anime in the background!
I'll be doing four Weekends Marathons this month (actually four and a half, if you count this one), I've got 42 new anime and movies totaling 197 hours!
Here's the plan:
An Octobery Weekend Marathon every weekend, with all new content. Some of these titles aren't super Octobery, but I've arranged them such that as the month progresses, there will be more and more Halloweeny shit on the Weekends. For the weekdays, I've put together a special LTS with all my October content from previous years. The LTS is about 10 days long, so I will be restarting it on Sunday the 16th. When it restarts, it'll be offset by 12 hours so hopefully you'll get to catch episodes you may have missed the first go round. And once again this year I'll be doing a movie marathon for Halloween. This time, it's going to be a full 64 hours. It will be a mix of old and new movies, but they will all have been played already at some point throughout the month. That'll start Sunday the 30th at about 1200Z and will run all the way through Tuesday the first.
Aside from all the new shit on the weekends, most of the anime you'll see on this October LTS haven't been played since last year. But as part of the ongoing battle to clean up Channel 99, I'll be adding all these October shows into the LTS pool, so they'll start showing up in LTS schedules throughout the year. When I only had a few Octobery shows, I wanted to keep them separate and not play them out throughout the year, but now I'm sitting on 100 anime and movies that were deemed "October exclusive.” That's 20% of my entire anime collection, and it seems like a waste to not use them but one month out of the year. From November first, I'll have 500 anime and movies in the LTS pool. Holy shit! That's about 200 movies and 300 anime.
With 500 anime, and the software to handle them (aside from the bugs with the schedule images), I'm finally getting to where I wanted to be when I first came up with the Long Term Strategy almost three years ago. It's been a fun ride and I'd like to thank everyone who still tunes in for giving me the drive to keep doing this crazy thing. A lot of times I think about how pointless it is, but knowing that people still watch always keeps me coming back. Of course, I'm gonna watch anime and eat hot wings anyway, so I might as well share it. Even if it's through an antiquated medium.
Which reminds me, I'm still working on that Channel 99 writeup, the one I wanted to have done for the Fifth Birthday. I've been spending a lot more time on it than I thought I would, so it will probably be out around New Years. I'm really trying to make it a comprehensive history of Channel 99, and I find myself going on tangent after tangent while writing it. I'm hoping it's all worth while when I'm done.
Don't worry, I'm not stopping doing this anytime soon. After October, It'll probably be a pretty uneventful couple of months until I start back up with Weekends Marathons in January. I'm not sure what the new year will bring, but Channel 99 will be here.
Enjoy your October and as always, follow @radio99 on Twitter for plenty of drunken updates throughout the month!
|TEMPORARY STREAM URL!|
If you haven't noticed or read the comment section, the stream's been down for about 3 days now. The server I rent is totally down and nobody from the company is responding.
These guys are usually really good with uptime and communication so either they're really busy trying to fix shit or they've all been arrested.
Anyway, I was able to open a new "trial" server with the same company at a different location and it's working fine... It's a 7-day trial so hopefully they have the Montreal servers back up before next week.
I REALLY don't wanna lose this IP, I've had it now for just shy of 5 years.
Plus, the prices have gone way the fuck up, like quadruple what I was paying previously.
I'll update when I figure this shit out.
|Halloween weekend is finally here! As I mentioned at the start of the month, I've got a whole mess of Halloween anime movies to play this weekend. Most of them I've never played before, and the rest haven't been played since last October.
I'll be using Twitter over the weekend to announce when movies are getting ready to start, and to share some of this ridiculous cover art! You can check out the full weekend schedule below and on the Schedules page.
By the end of the weekend, I will have shown 63 new anime series and movies on the stream this month! Holy shit! Most of those probably aren't going to be seen again until next October, but about 20 of them will go into regular rotation.
Even having shown 63 new anime, I've still got a list of titles that I just didn't have time to get ready, including a lot of the ones y'all suggested (thank you!) These will just have to wait till next October, but at least I've got a head start for next year!
The Rest of the Year
Obviously, I'm totally exhausted with Channel 99 after fucking around with 63 new titles in a month. So for the next 6 weeks, I'll be doing NOTHING with Channel 99 and playing a bigass LTS schedule. It will contain the new shows from the September Weekend Marathon, as well as the 20 from October, and hopefully a couple all new ones.
After the LTS schedule, on December 15th, I'll start Christmas 99 as usual. Between Christmas and the New Year, there will be some sort of Channel 101 marathon, still working on that. Naturally, GITS New Years Marathon, then another short LTS and the next Channel 99 Weekend I have scheduled for January 15th.
|October Quarter Three!|
|The third quarter October schedule is up! Check it out below.
Berserk and Blood+ are new and will be playing at about the same time every day for the next 4 days. Other Halloween reruns fill up the rest.
The times listed are probably going to be off, especially once we get toward the end. Vampire Princess Miyu might loop before I get the next weekend running.
|Okay here we go, it's my favorite month of the year again, and this year I'm going to try to drive myself a little more crazy than usual.
I've got a whole barrel of "new old stock" Octobery, Halloweeny anime to present this month... Okay, so it's only about a half a barrel, and let me tell you, a lot of this shit is scraped from the bottom. But there's a lot of it, and if you've been enjoying the cheesy anime I play Saturday nights during the Weekends Marathons, you'll love a lot of what's coming up later this month.
I plan on having four Channel 99 Weekends marathons this month! I'm writing this on Sunday, so the first marathon is already over. The next one is scheduled for the 16th, then another on the 23rd, and of course, the 30th and 31st!
I'll be showing all the new shit on the Weekends, and the weekdays will be a mix of new and old Octoberesque shows.
And of course, nothing less than a full on movie/OVA assault over Halloween weekend. A bunch of great Halloweeny movies, new and old. Oh yeah.
Since I'll be out of town for most of this coming week and weekend, and because I need time to assemble all this shit, you'll have to live with some Octoberish reruns for the next 2 weeks. Check out the full schedule below, and vote on it by going to the 'Schedules' link on the top menu bar.
|Half Weekend and Channel 101!|
|I've got a bunch of uncooked wings here. And an ass lode of delicious buffalo sauce. Both leftovers from my Channel 99 Weekend party 7 days ago. So here's 30 hours of anime films; I need an excuse to cook the rest of these wings.
After this I will be running a Channel 101 marathon, because why not?!
|New Schedule Up! Plus Other News|
|As I write this, the Love Hina Summer Solstice marathon is still going on, but I'm going to be switching over to the new LTS schedule tomorrow morning at ~1030 UTC.
To check out the new schedule, head over to the Schedules Page, which I've also updated to work with the new schedule images. I still have a year's worth of schedules to add, so that will be coming soon.
This has been an absolutely crazy week for Channel 99! Last weekend, as I was acquiring new anime for this weekend, I ran out of space on the 4TB drive. FREAK OUT MODE! It was largely because I've been working on the Channel 99 software on my main PC, and had to have a mock-up of the server in order to test things out. So I went into crisis mode, had to not only get the weekend marathon together, but also finish the software and get everything moved over to the server, and then create the new LTS schedule before the weekend was out. Obviously, I got it done!
The added bonus to all this nonsense over the past week is that I'm now very close to where I've wanted to be for the past year and a half! Much like the software I wrote, Channel 99 as a whole has pretty much been in 'debug' mode for the past four years. It grew in a bad way and was getting goddammed unmanagable, but now it's nice to finally be in a position where all the bits are coming together so that I can run this stream without blowing my brains out!
So, moving forward my plan is to run Weekends Marathons monthly (right now it looks like it's going to be the third weekend of the month) with new anime and when the Weekend Marathon is over, I'll create a new LTS schedule which will run until the next Weekends Marathon. That way, every month there is new shit on the stream, and the old shit gets shuffled around too keep things interesting!
The work's not quite over, but now I can at least start to 'clean up my workspace' and collect my thoughts.
Thanks to everyone who still watches! It blows me away to get as many listeners as I do, especially on the weekends! Stay tuned, it looks like Channel 99 isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
|Ranma is OVER, and the new LTS Schedule is running! Check it:
|So, the great news is that the Channel 99 software (that I've been talking about for like a year) is finally done! Well, all the
functionality is in place, now I just need to pretty up the code and compile it. But as of a couple days ago, I am running the
first playlist made with the updated software!
The bits of functionality that I added are to further help prevent monotony. I can now easily 'exclude' shows from the schedule,
and I have a bit more options for shuffling the shows that are included. This time last year all the software did was shuffle the
order of the shows, but having EVERY show I have in the schedule got kind of old even when they were shuffled.
And I even have the ability to generate a playlist image for posting on the site here! See that below! Now I need to work on the
Schedules page and add in all the one's I've missed over the past year!
In other news, I wanted to share some interesting information I acquired a month or so ago. Got my "Listener Hours" data from the
server, going back Almost to the beginning. It actually starts in November 2011, so I'm missing about 4 months of data. Made a
little chart out of it and noted some Channel 99 events for those of you who have been around all that time! Anyway, it shows the
daily total listener hours. Also the monthly average and the overall trend. The average is down to about 200 total listening
hours a day. Still pretty cool.
|Four Years Of Freedom!|
|Alright Folks, it's here!! The Channel 99 FOUR Years of Freedom Venture Brothers Marathon!
Wow! Can you believe it's been three years since the first Freedom marathon? Because it's blowing my mind over here.
This year, unfortunately season six isn't out yet, but there is a season six season-premire-ish special which was released back in January, and I've got it for this marathon.
This will run through next Sunday, and another news update will be coming later on this week.
|Shirts and Stickers?|
|Been playing around with the idea for years, but now I'm in a position to get some Channel 99 Tshirts made, and I'm wondering if it would be worth the trouble. So, if you'd like a shirt or a big pile of Channel 99 stickers, shoot me an email and let me know. If enough people are interested, I'll have them made up.
I don't like taking donations, mainly because Channel 99 is a hobby and I don't need people to pay for my hobby. And really the stream doesn't cost me that much to run. Donations would certainly be helpful but I've been doing this out-of-pocket for four years and I have no regrets about it.
So anyway, I feel like if people want to give me money, they should at least get something tangible out of it. Or maybe some people just want a Channel 99 shirt?
The shirts would probably be $20 and the stickers would be 5 for $1
radio99hf at gmail
|State of the Stream 2015|
|Wow so it's been a little while since I made a real news post!
The server went down for a couple days about a week ago, partly because of a power outage and partly because I was busy moving! I'm still trying to get settled in at the new place so updates may be a little slow for the next few weeks.
I have some new titles coming up toward the end of the month, hopefully. But the old machine I use as the Channel 99 server seems to have taken some damage in the most recent move. I've been using the same old Dell Dimension 2600 (P4 2.4GHz, 1G RAM) With a 1.5TB Seagate external since the beginning, and I think all the moving around has finally taken its toll. It's really kind of a blessing because I am now forced to set up a new PC for the server, which means organizing all my files and possibly doing a little write up about setting up a Shoutcast TV server. I've ordered some interesting equipment and hopefully it will all be set up within the next two weeks.
Anyway, 2014 was an awesome year, and above all I have to say that I have been totally blown away by the number of people who still tune in. I really wasn't sure what to expect this time last year, but I had kind of assumed that Channel 99 would eventually atrophy and wither away. Since the 'shutdown' in November 2013 my listener count has halved, but still to this day I am maintaining an average of 10-15 listeners at any given time (down from an average of 25-30 in 2013). The server has even been maxed out at 40 listeners several times this year! (most recently during the Thanksgiving Inuyasha marathon, thanks!)
At the beginning of the year I was pretty upset about the state of things, and very much wanted to move away from Channel 99. I realized very quickly that I was not in any shape to abandon work on the stream, and decided to use 2014 to work toward some kind of long term strategy. As a result I started the weekends marathons in the Spring, which were quite a lot of fun, albeit very demanding. I also started work on my scheduling program which turned out to be very advantageous, as in May I moved out of state and started a new job which demanded a lot of my time. Most of the 2014 monthly schedules were created using the new software. Over the Summer and Fall I ran a few more Weekends marathons, along with a few random marathons. October was awesome as usual, and in the Winter I was able to run the usual Christmas 99 and GITS New Years marathons.
Back in December was also Channel 99's 4th birthday! Having started out as Christmas 99 and eventually moving on to anime and Channel 99 as it is known today back in the summer of 2011.
So, what's going on in 2015? Probably pretty much the same shit as in 2014! Like I said a year ago, I am still trying to move away from spending all of my hobby time on Channel 99. In 2014 I managed to kind of "automate" a lot of the work I do to the stream, writing a program that will shuffle shows, mix them, insert films and add bumps. That program has performed wonderfully, but still has some functionality that I would like to add, and hopefully I can find the motivation to finish it during the first quarter of 2015. As previously stated I have to set up a new server and hopefully during the transition I will be able to streamline Channel 99 quite a bit. I still instend to add new anime, run my marathons, and maybe even make a few new bumps, which have been the one thing I've neglected over the past year. Weekends marathons will definitely be in there too, as I've found them to be an awesome way to debut new anime before they get thrown in the mix.
Thanks again to all the viewers who keep me motivated to run the stream, if nobody listened it would make it very hard to stay interested. As always, keep the suggestions coming and I am always willing to run special marathons for viewers upon request!
Have a good 2015!
|Same as last year, I'm a couple days late but it's finally October!
I'll be running a bunch of the same "Horror/Supernatural/Dark/Creepy" anime that I ran last year, plus a few new titles.
I plan to run a Weekends marathon starting the 10th with a bunch of new Halloween-ish anime that I wasn't able to get ready for this week.
|Channel 99 Weekend!|
|Got a couple new titles fuer euch this weekend.
Right now (2300 UTC Friday), it's Dirty Pair- the 26 episode anime from 1985, since yall seem to really like the OVA I've played previously. The subtitles are kinda fucked on this one but it's not too terribly bad. Working on getting a better version up in the future.
0957 UTC: Niea_7
1507 UTC: Zipang (Been trying to get this one online for a while)
0147 UTC: Battle Programmer Shirase (Probably my favorite title this weekend, definitely a must-see)
0407 UTC: Armitage III - The original 4 episode OVA, this is basically the uncut version of Armitage III Poly Matrix, which I've been playing for years. Still English dubbed, but without Kiefer Sutherland's hilarious voice acting. Very excited to finally have this one on the stream :)
0622 UTC: Gungrave
1707 UTC: Dirty Pair Anime again
Enjoy! New "full" schedule will be up either this coming monday, or on the 1st
|Channel 99 Weekend!|
|New Anime all Weekend! Except for right now, it's Battle Angel!
Oh, also The Book of Bantorra will be on Sunday morning, that's not new, but everything else is!
Midnight UTC- Deadman Wonderland
0527 UTC - Alien 9
0722 UTC - Steam Detectives (missing a few episodes)
1617 UTC - Gungrave
0302 UTC - RAY The Anime
0822 UTC - The Book of Bantorra
1924 UTC - Deadman Wonderland again
Once again the times are my best guess, no guarantees!
Hopefully a new schedule will start Monday morning around 0100 UTC.
|Yeah, I know. I'm literally just playing the schedule from where I started it last time. I know you hate it. Don't worry, you can look forward to a weekends marathon in 2 days with all (or mostly) new anime, and a fresh schedule on the 4th!|
Chiaki Konaka half-weekend!
|So I've really been wanting to watch Niea_7. I also haven't seen Lain in a "while". And with Hellsing and Ghost Hound on the stream recently, I realized I'm on a total Chiaki kick right now. So, I'm running a half-weekend marathon of some Chiki Konaka - related anime. Just a couple of my favorites, and only those which haven't been on the stream in a minute.
I love Chiaki. And I love the female incarnation of Chiaki in Niea even more. So hot!
Right now: Parasite Dolls
After that: Niea mixed with Lain.
Later: Armitage, then Texhnolyze marathon
Niea and Lain will repeat Sunday Evening (UTC)
|Some awesome news, unfortunately it's a little too late.
A few weeks back, VideoLAN released a beta version of VLC player for Android, and it supports NSV streams! Fuckin Ei!
There is finally an Android app that you can use to watch Channel 99 or any of your other favorite Shoutcast TV streams! I've been looking for something like this for like 3 years, pretty much since I started Channel 99. There have been "third-party" releases of VLC for Android, but they didn't support NSV. The closest thing I could ever find was Xiia Live, which would only play the audio, and stopped supporting NSV completely back in early 2012.
Anyway, you can now enjoy Channel 99 Mobile, Hah!
If you know of any other interesting ways to catch the stream email radio99hf @t gmail
|Stream is going down for a little bit while I install a UPS. Will be back very soon with a fresh schedule.|
|Channel 99 Weekend!|
|Another weekends marathon, after like two months; Right now (0409 UTC Friday) it's Dirty Pair, later:
0820 UTC: GITS:SAC 1
1935 UTC: Tekkaman Blade Episodes 1-25
0505 UTC: Space Adeventure Cobra
1805 UTC: Tekkaman Blade Episodes 26-49
0319 UTC: Black Rock Shooter
0620 UTC: Samurai Gun
1130 UTC: Lupin III vs Detective Conan
1315 UTC: Dennou Coil
At least, this is how my drunken calculations conclude; no guarantees!
|Independence Day Venture Brothers Marathon!|
|New Schedule is Up!|
|I hope you enjoyed that long ass Love Hina marathon, I'm glad to say it's finally over. Right now is another "full" schedule, but it has been shuffled from last month.
I'm still making some modifications to my scheduling program to keep things from getting too monotonous. Look out for another marathon on the 3rd or 4th, and hopefully I'll have an interesting schedule prepared for July, which will start Monday the 7th.
|June Schedule is Up!|
The "June" schedule is active! This is the first time I've used my program to generate a schedule, so please email or post comments to the site about how much you love or hate it.
New schedule added.
All the special bumps I created are included, so I finally get to play the long-lost Lain bump again! YEAH!
Also, "Channel99bump4" accidentally got included; The one with Re-l and the vibrating 'razor...' Hah! I drunkenly made that one back in 2012 and never intended to release it, but I guess it's too late now!
More than likely this schedule will be up until the solstice.
|"Everything Going Remarkably Well!"|
|Except for Channel 99, that is. My new job (or, "career," I guess) is going very well, so well in fact that I haven't had any time to work on Channel 99. I suppose that's really a good thing, but there's still a lot of work that could be done to the stream.
The good news for Channel 99 is that the internet connection at my new abode is good enough to allow me to continue "acquiring" new anime for the stream, so you can look forward to some more Weekends marathons coming up over the summer, but it won't be EVERY weekend.
Right now, it's the Memorial Day Case Closed Marathon!
|Channel 99 is done relocating, and except for a few hiccups due to inclement weather, the stream is back up and running without issue.
The current schedule has been added to the schedules page, which hasn't been updated since Google Docs introduced the new "Google Sheets." Sheets publishes spreadsheets in a totally different way than the old version, so it's kind of a bitch to get the new schedules up there.
I added the "Weekends" schedules from the past 3 months (all in one file, though each date has a link), and a few that had been missing from 2013. I also went through all my old schedules and added every one I had, going all the way back to September 2011. Before that time I wasn't really planning out the schedules, and was only playing a few anime anyway.
The current schedule is basically just a 2-slot schedule with a bunch of anime thrown in and plays more-or-less alphabetically. A lot of the titles I've acquired over the past 3 months aren't included yet. This is a totally lazy solution, but with all that's been going on in my life I just dont have time to sit down and work out a bigass schedule like I used to.
Fortunately, I am almost finished writing a program that will basically generate a random schedule for me. I intend to randomize the schedule once a month, and depending on how things go I might run a Weekends marathon once a month also. Since I'm about to start at my new job, there's no telling exactly when this program will be completed, but I will be sure to post any updates here.
Stay tuned, and please do keep the suggestions coming. I need them now more than ever as I don't have as much time to seek out new anime!
|Sorry Folks, but working full time and getting ready to move has not left much time for Channel 99 so there will again be no Weekends marathon this week. I do however intend to use my "in-between-jobs" time this coming week to prepare a marathon for NEXT weekend :) |
|First of all, in case you haven't noticed I've been using Twitter to post most updates. @Radio99
For the rest of this week I will be running a "Channel 101" marathon, which will be very similar to the "Missing RetroEDU" marathon I ran back in August.
Originally I was going to start up another stream dedicated to Channel 101, but the whole Winamp shutdown thing threw a wet towel on my plans before I could get very far in development. Pretty much all I had done was to acquire some new programs (though not many) and drunkenly make a few sleazy half-assed weaboo bumps.
Anyway, since I put a *bit* of time and effort into it, I'm running this marathon with what I have so as to not make that wasted time.
So, please enjoy the aborted Channel 101 project!
Coming up on the 20th will be another marathon, and after that I will run 2 or 3 more "Channel 99 Weekends." What happens beyond that depends on what the internet situation is like at my new place. Rest assured the stream will not be taken down, but new content may be less frequent.
|Some bad news:
First, the company which hosts the Channel 99 server is having some issues today, hopefully these will be resolved in a few hours so I can get the Weekend schedule up.
Second, my lovely 3TB HDD is failing, God damned Seagate piece of shit, I knew I should have bought WD like always. SO new anime is on hold while I wait for a new WD drive to arrive (4TB this time, so HAH!)
Provided my server comes back online, there will be new anime this weekend!
|So it's a day late, but the Valentines weekend special is up. New anime includes Shinsekai Yori (From the New World) and Ah My Goddess (lol). I did have a third new anime on deck that was looking really good, but I couldn't get it working in time. It will be shown in coming weeks.|
|State of the Stream 2014|
|Hello Viewers, and my apologies for the lack of updates recently. As you know, a
lot has been going on with ShoutCast and I have been racking my brain trying to
work out some kind of long-term strategy for Channel 99.
Back at the start of the year, I had decided to move on from Channel 99 and start
working on other projects. So I threw all my anime into a playlist and let it run
for 5 weeks. It didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, and became kind of
monotonous. Definitely not the solution I was looking for.
Since I do intend to take a step back from Channel 99 this year, I have
simplified a lot of the work I do on the stream. New bumps will appear much less
frequently, and schedules will be much less intricate. Luckily, the time spent on
video conversion is hardly an issue anymore thanks to my new CPU.
But the fact remains that I don't have enough anime to simply let the stream run
on its own without any intervention, which is my final goal.
So here's what's going on with Channel 99 over the next 3 months:
From now through April, I will be playing new anime on weekends. On weekdays, I
will run a full schedule containing all the anime that I have, much like what was
played for the month of January.
The new anime I play will be much more varied than it has been over the past 3
years, since the most time-consuming work for me is seeking out new anime that
jive with my weird taste. I think this is a better solution both in order to
obtain a larger library, and to create a more well-rounded anime stream.
Now, I have to say that there are no guarantees here. The weekends won't be 100%
new, and the actual number of new anime will depend on what I'm able to acquire
and convert over the course of the week.
I'm also going to try to make a slightly more rigid schedule for the weekends;
playing new anime during the day/evening and filling the overnight hours with
reruns. This scheduling will be based off the UTC-5 time zone, since that is
where most of my viewers and I are located. For my European viewers (and I know
there are a lot of you), this means that you will be seeing the new titles a
little later in the day. I'm still fiddling around with ideas to make everyone
happy, but this is what I have come up with for right now.
The weekday schedule will restart on Sunday / Monday and will start where it left
off on the previous Friday. The new titles from the weekend will be added to the
weekday playlist at the start of the next month. Also at the start of the month,
the weekday schedule will be shuffled to prevent total monotony.
As I said, I intend to carry on in this manner until the start of May, when I
have some major life events planned. After that point, I'm not sure what
direction the stream will take, but rest assured I will not be shutting it down.
So, now more than ever I need suggestions for anime. Feel free to leave a
comment here on the website or send me an email at RADIO99HF at GMAIL dot com.
Please feel free to also send any ideas relating to the weekend scheduling.
Now, as you have probably already noticed, the new anime this weekend include Neo
Ranga and Tsuritama. My plans for a rigid schedule have already been kind of
screwed up since I didn't realize that Neo Ranga has 15 minute episodes, which
throws everything off by about 12 hours. Hopefully next weekend will work out
As always, thank you all for watching, stay tuned, and keep the email coming!
|Happy New Year!|
|As usual, it's a New Year's Ghost in the Shell Marathon!|
I hope you've enjoyed Christmas 99; filling the space between now and the New Year will be a couple of random marathons.
Anime will return on the 31st
|December schedule is up|
|The December Schedule is now active.
Unfortunately, no new anime this month since I've been a bit preoccupied trying to figure out what I'm going to do moving forward. Most of the anime this month hasn't been played in a while, so it shouldn't be too terribly stale.
ThuGie has some great ideas rolling around, and has let me in on some very useful information that should help to extend the life of NSV streaming. Things are looking up, even if just a little.
Anyway, this schedule will be up for about 2 weeks before I start Christmas 99, probably on the 15th.
|ThuGie Steps Up with a New Listing!|
|I recently became acquainted with a Colleague of mine, ThuGie, who has written a lovely new listing for ShoutCast TV.
Currently, it generates the list from a database of stream IP's; You can use the little refresh buttons to update the Now Playing and Listener info for each stream.
Any new streams that pop up will have to be added to the listing manually, and the code is just a little bit buggy at the moment, but this is still a tremendous help for those of us who just want a working fucking listing.
|Happy Thanksgiving to my North American viewers! To celebrate, I'll be running a Trigun marathon for the next 2 days.
Of course this includes the Trigun Movie, Badlands Rumble from 2010.
Also Planes Trains and Automobiles is in there, because it's the best Thanksgiving movie ever.
New schedule will be up on the 29th.
|I like it more than hard bread|
I know, this schedule is so damn stale.
Been kind of distracted what with the END OF THE WORLD AND ALL
Fresh baked shit is up on the 27th
|Microsoft In Talks To Buy Shoutcast And Winamp From AOL|
|This really doesn't surprise me, but it looks like Microsoft is going to end up owning Winamp and Shoutcast. Who knows what they will do with it; I have a feeling Winamp will change, but hell it's not like Winamp has been updated for a few years anyway so using an old version isn't really that bad.
I'm still worried about what's going to happen with Shoutcast TV. I think it might be a good idea to assemble a list of as many streams as I can find just in case.
So, if any of you reading this have playlists of your NSV streams, please send me the playlist file, I would very much appreciate it.
radio99hf at gmail
|Now Approaching Midnight.|
Nullsoft / AOL has announced that Winamp and "all associated services" will be discontinued as of December 20th 2013. Aside from the fact that the best media player ever coded is being discontinued, this also explains the fucked up ShoutCast TV listings.
As I said before, it is only the centralised listing that is being discontinued, and at least for a while all the steams will still be active, if you can find them...
I'll post updates as I find them.
Channel 99 will stay online at the same IP as long as I have one listener.
"I intend to broadcast from this ship 24 hours a day until the day I die. And then for a couple days after that."
|ShoutCast TV Listings|
|In case you haven't noticed, the ShoutCast TV listing provided by Nullsoft has been screwed up for the past day or so.|
I'm guessing Nullsoft or AOL or whoever the hell works on this shit anymore is making more needless updates to the listing, and fucking around with the variables.
They already screwed it up last year when they discontinued the XML listings.
Anyway it's just a problem with the listing, all of the servers are still there, you just need their IP to get to them. I recommend making a playlist of your favorite streams for times such as this.
You can always tune in to Channel 99 by using the "Watch" link at the top left of the page. You can also visit http://184.108.40.206:8060/ to check the status of the server.
|November schedule is up|
|I hope you've enjoyed the October schedule, it's time to change again.
After watching all that ghey ghosts and spirits and magic and demons shit, I think it's time for some cyberpunk. A lot of Ghost in the Shell and Bubblegum Crisis.
Speaking of Ghost in the Shell, after 2 years of [not really] trying, I FINALLY managed to get GITS Solid State Society working. GITS:SSS was the film released in 2006 as a sequel to SAC Second Gig, and is the final installment in the SAC storyline.
Of course Solid State Society is old news by now, and everyone is only excited for GITS:Arise. WELL DON'T WORRY! Because the first OVA is in the schedule this month.
AND Speaking of Shirow Masamune, I've got the New Dominion Tank Police OVA in the schedule this month. Unfortunately at the last minute I was unable to include the first OVA, Dominion Tank Police.
I'm excited to also include the film End of Evangelion, which is a remake of the last couple episodes of the Evangelion anime.
Other new anime includes:
AD Police - The 12 episode anime which serves as a prequel to the events of Bubblegum Crisis.
Blue Submarine No. 6
Saber Marionette R (3 episode OVA)
Also fixed the bitched A/V sync on GITS Second Gig 1 through 4, and Lain 101.
Might only run this schedule for 2 weeks, depending on how well I like it.
New schedule will be up in the next couple of days.|
|October Schedule is UP!|
|I'm a couple days late, but It's finally October!
To celebrate, I'm unleashing a whole shit lode of horror / supernatural / dark anime on Channel 99. A lot of these titles are not ones which I would normally enjoy, and some of them are just downright goofy. I have a general distaste for anime involving magic, demons, and other ghey shit like that. After all, Channel 99 was originally intended to be an exclusively Cyberpunk stream; But since it's October, I guess I can let them slide. I have, however tried to steer clear of anime featuring ultra-ghey Inuyasha-style demons. No guarantees though.
72% of the content this month is new to Channel 99.
Also I am sad to say that this is the first time in a long time that Ghost in the Shell is not included in the lineup, even though it is quite clearly the best anime ever made.
New Anime and OVA's:
|High School DXD
||When they Cry Higurashi
|Supernatural the Anime
||Tokko Devils Awaken|
||JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
||Ghost Talker's Daydream|
|Pet Shop of Horrors
|Requiem From the Darkness
There are also several anime films included, and the full schedule is here.
Of course there are some anime that are returning from previous Channel 99 shedules such as Witch Hunter Robin and Hellsing, but the 'reruns' are limited to a single slot.
|sequelsBump2 on YouTube|
|Since I really liked this bump and I'll never get to play it again, I've put it up on YouTube so you can enjoy its GREATNESS FOREVER!
Full song is here.
|So, of course when I leave for a week long vacation the stream goes down on day 2, and I have no way to reset it. Sorry about that!|
Channel 99 is back up and running now.
New schedule will be up October 1st!
|As much as I love storms, my locale has been experiencing some shitty weather lately, so the stream may go down once or twice.|
|September Schedule is Up!|
|I hope you've enjoyed the RetroEDU marathon, but it's now time to get back on track with those sequels I've been previewing!
New Anime this month includes (as promised) Last Exile: Fam the Silver Wing, as well as R.O.D. the T.V., and Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Unfortunately, Eureka 7: AO is being a real bitch, so it isn't included :( To make up for this I've included another new title, Black Lagoon and Black Lagoon: Second Barrage, so there's still kind of a sequel in there.
I acquired Black Lagoon while hunting down anime suitable for the October schedule; it wasn't quite what I was looking for but still deserves a spot in the lineup. And in my humble opinion, it kicks infinately more ass than Eureka ever could.
More good news: I recently put together a new PC, and it's quite an upgrade. I've gone from a 2.2 GHz single-core with 4 GB RAM to a 4.0 GHz eight-core with 16 GB RAM. Of course this means that video conversion and editing are wildly faster, so work on Channel 99 should be that much easier.
New schedule will be up October 1st, unless I decide to do another marathon!
|Missing RetroEDU & CosmosTV!|
|For the next week or so Channel 99 will be playing some of my favorite programs from RetroEDU, CosmosTV, and Rant TV. All these streams for one reason or other you don't see anymore.
Featuring James Burke's programs, Michael Palin's travel programs, Carl Sagan's Cosmos, and The Secret Life of Machines. Also are selections recorded from Cosmos TV, and a bunch of obsolete hacker shows from the old Rant TV.
New schedule with all the 'sequels' will start September 1st or 7th, depending on the ratings and when I get the new schedule done!
Edit: OK, so the shows recorded from CosmosTV were encoded differently from the Channel 99 format, so the stream hiccups when they come on. I've taken them all out because I don't have the time or CPU cycles to re-convert that shit :)
|August Schedule is Up|
|The lineup for August is active!|
New anime this month includes Fantastic Children and El Hazard.
If you know about it, you'll know that El Hazard isn't the typical fare for Channel 99. But I found it quite addictive. Let me know what you think:
radio99hf _at_ gmail
Or right over there ->
Only the original El Hazard OVA is in the lineup, in total there are two OVA's and two Anime, depending on how yall like it the other series might show up later.
Also, as you'll see, there are some good 'sequels' on the way for September.
|Channel 99 will be a bit choppy for the next week or so; hopefully the ends will justify the means, but who knows... Anyway, bear with us for a bit.|
|July Schedule is Up!|
|The July schedule is now active!
No new anime this month, but I fixed the totally bitched a/v sync on Witch Hunter Robin, so that is kind of new. This month will be a bit of a throwback, mostly anime which I played back in 2011, plus a few newer finds that I happen to enjoy (Area 88, Samurai 7). I also added back in many of the old anime movies I used to play.
Also doing a trial run of Bakemonogatari, an anime I wanted to have for the Guilty Pleasures Marathon. Episodes 1 and 2 are buried in the lineup there somewhere.
|Been slacking on getting the July schedule ready, so I've just been playing marathons of some good anime. It seems to be going well for the moment, though.
Before the July schedule is active, I will be playing some of the Western animation like what I played last year during the Hiatus. I'll be using that time to tweak the network a little, so there might be some drops.
|Guilty Pleasures Marathon|
|Filling the space between now and July 4th will be the Guilty Pleasures Marathon, featuring some of those great shitty anime that you love to hate.
I wasn't able to acquire quite all the titles I wanted to for this marathon but hopefully you all will enjoy the selections!
|Summer Solstice Special|
|This weekend Channel 99 will be playing nothing but Love Hina!
Love Hina was the first Anime I ever saw, back in Summer 2003 and on a ShoutCast TV stream, no less. Here it is 10 years later and I'm a total weaboo running my own damn Anime stream!
So drink some beers, grill some steaks, and celebrate the summer with Channel 99.
|The company which hosts Channel 99 has been having issues with their servers, resulting in a way higher downtime than I would like. |
On top of that, inclement weather has forced me to totally take down the stream twice already this month. Of course that means that I have to restart the rotation, and it's getting kind of old.
The schedule has been changed slightly to avoid total monotony.
A new schedule will be up on the Solstice, June 21st.
|June Schedule is Up|
|After the painful Memorial Day Case Closed Marathon, the new schedule for June is finally active.|
New Schedule added. Also added the new anime to the Anime Directory.
New anime includes:
The second half of Texhnolyze (finally)
Now and Then, Here and There
|Memorial Day Case Closed Marathon|
|Channel 99 will be running the Memorial Day Case Closed Marathon all this week. Welcome in the Summer with some mysteries while you grill up that fat juicy steak! (Steak not included)|
Look out for another marathon at the actual beginning of Summer...
The new schedule will begin June 1st
|Site is up.|
|Site is up.||