Frequently asked questions

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What is Prankcast?
It's a platform that lets prank callers broadcast live shows to their listeners using their own broadcasts (or ours). Users can follow each other, get alerted when their followed shows go live, watch old clips and discover new great shows to listen to. It's built for prankcallers, by prankcallers (Milk Box), with guidance and support from some great show hosts within our community.
How do you notify listeners?
Members can follow their favorite shows and specify where to receive live show alerts. Current options include alerts via email, SMS text message and discord dm notifications.
What were you thinking?
I was frustrated with another paid service myself and other broadcasters relied on that broke all the time. I had some free time to put this together while on vacation.
How do I broadcast to this platform?

Three options:

  1. Just click Broadcast and use our built-in web app to stream. You can connect it to any input on your computer with a single click - no extra steps or setup needed.
  2. Stream to our built-in servers from your favorite broadcasting software (OBS, BUTT, Rocket Broadcaster, etc..). using credentials we provide you. Our server will automatically update the Prankcast website and notify your followers whenever your live. Email or message milkbox in this discord channel if you want access to the server credentials you can stream to. That will automatically show you as online whenever you are broadcasting on the site.
  3. You can even stream to us from your own icecast server or third party service as well! That's welcome! This is a BYOB platform (Bring Your Own Broadcast).
What if I'm comfortable with my existing stream setup / chat room, etc?

That's totally cool! It's very common for broadcasters to stream to multiple locations. If you prefer to use Discord, or another chatroom, just disable the Prankcast chat and link your destination off your profile. You can even embed external players like Youtube and Twitch on your profile. This will help new audience members on Prankcast discover you, where ever you call home.

Technical users: You can even Access the API details in your user settings to connect your icecast server to Prankcast directly and update your profile status / notify listeners whenever you're broadcasting from your own servers.

Is there anything this site can't be used for?
Yeah, be nice to each other and people in general. This is a drama-free platform. No hate speech, bigotry, racism, etc... even just as a joke or implied. We are pretty chill, but it's still a private server, not a platform for free speech. Also, do not do anything illegal with our servers. EVER. Just use this little site to support the prank call community as we grow and welcome new audiences who love this style of comedy.A complete list of rules is linked in the footer of every page.
Can I support Prankcast somehow?
Thank you! We welcome all support while we get set up.Join this list of members who support us on Patreon.You can donate here, if you're so inclined.
Does Prankcast own, sell or resell my content?
No, you own your content. We do not sell or resell it. It is yours. Not ours. You give Prankcast a license to put it on our website as part of the regular use of our platform. That content is always under your control.
Does Prankcast share my personal data with anyone else?

No. Prankcast does not and will not willingly share, sell, distribute, copy or otherwise do anything other than protect your personal information to the best of our ability.

The only time personal information may be ''willingly'' shared with a third party is when I rely on a third party service as part of the Prankcast product itself. For example, if you login with your Google account, Google will record your email address as part of that login. Or if you sign up for phone notifications, Twilio will see your phone number, since our platform uses their service to send you a text message and they could not send that message without it.

Is this all really just a scam? Why is it free?
It's not free. It's a pay-what-you-want model while I iron out kinks, grow the audience and figure out a fair and ethical business model to move forward with. If you're using it a lot and enjoy it, please do consider contributing to help accelerate things.
Why are some users verified? How do I get verified?
Users with a verification flair are active show hosts we have verified as real. This flare protects hosts from people pretending to be them (it is a prank platform after all). It also allows those users to be given more visibility to other users during sign up and discovery, to help them promote themselves. To request verification you must be an active show host (on any platform). Just email $ to request verification.
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