Wowza Hosting

Wowza Streaming Engine previously known as Wowza Media Server is a streaming media server software also called RTMP server. The server is used for broadcasting of live and ondemand video, audio, for video chats, on laptops, and tablet computers, mobile devices, IPTV set-top boxes, game consoles, and other network-connected devices. Wowza is a Java application deployable on most operating systems, from Linux to Macs to Windows.

Few Hosting companies provide Wowza Hosting, if they do it is very expensive and you charged highly for bandwidth, With Wowza hosting you can stream live to all kind of devices, desktops to iPhones, you can also limit to which countries, password protect your RTMP, select the number of viewers and bitrate, and then using our Wowza control panel you have full control, restart your service at any time, check who is online, how many users from which countries. Grab our premium Jwplayer and links for Android and iPhone devices. All this if you just streaming live, during the order process you can select if it is live streaming you want, ondemand video, TV Station, IP camera re-stream. wowza hosting

All Wowza addons are available at Wowza Hosting, from the Transcoder to Wowza nDVR, you can also order to record your live stream and purchase the web space you need which at any time you can upgrade or downgrade.

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Hosting Marketers also offers a Wowza free demo account, lasts 3 days and you can stream at 640kbps, no credit card is needed and you can order the demo account as many times you want.

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red5 and wowza news

Red5 is a media server created with Java language. It is a free open source software but recently a new version Red5 Pro came out developed by the same people, this new version supports streaming to mobiles, Android or iOS, which red5 does not. The Red5 Pro is commercial product and costs $55 per server.

A media server allows Flash based applications connect to it using Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP). The server can send and receive data to and from the connected users who have a flash player installed. The server also allows users to receive and publish streams. This permits video chat applications, live streaming and even ondemand video streaming.

Most common Video chat software’s are:
1- Avchat
2- Videowhisper
3- Prochatrooms
4- Gchats

For live streaming the necessary tool if you already have a server with red5 installed is an encoder, an encoder is the software that will connect your computer to the red5 server using the RTMP, which your server provider will give you.
1- FMLE, it is an free Adobe product and does a good job.
2- Wirecast, it is an expensive commercial product of very high quality, absolutely necessary if you starting a TV station.

Although red5 is a free product many people prefer to use Wowza Streaming Engine or Adobe Flash Media Server which are commercial software’s and can be quite expensive, the FMS costs $4500 per server. The reason is that the developers of red5 although have created a wonderful system did not spend much time with tutorials and instructions on how to install and manage a red5 server, for this reason if you searching for a red5 server we suggest you pick a web host which specializes on red5 servers and red5 shared hosting.

1- Red5 Servers relatively cheap red5 servers starting at $15 a month.
2- Red5 Hosting, Hosting Marketers, a web host for experienced webmasters, it is the oldest hosting company specialized on Video and media servers, they also offer Wowza Streaming Engine on its shared plans. They have a very experienced customer support and a reputation for going out of their way to help customers. They starting plan with Red5 enabled costs $9.95 a month. Most other red5 hosting companies are resellers of Hosting Marketers.

Red5 is a formidable media server, extremely flexible and has the advantage of being a free product with with many people working on developing it, for now the main version does not yet work with mobiles, if that is what you need we suggest that instead of using the Red5 Pro version to use the Wowza instead. Hosting Marketers also offers Wowza, in fact they even offer a 3 days free trial.

Wowza Media Server vs Adobe Flash Media Server

Hosting Marketers will start this week offering Wowza Media server as an addon to the current hosting packages with red5, with a low cost fee of $15 a month extra from the hosting plan selected by the customer we offer a first class Media server far superior to red5 and adobe flash media server. Below is a comparison guide between Wowza and Flash Media Server.

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Server Pricing and Licensing Wowza Media
Server 3
Adobe
FMIS 4.5
Adobe
FMSS 4.5
30-Day Trial License FREE Not Available Not Available
Monthly License $55/server/mo Not Available Not Available
Daily License $5/server/day Not Available Not Available
Perpetual License $995 $4,500 $995
Use on Amazon EC2 Yes Yes Not Available
Developer License FREE FREE FREE

Available Platform Components
Integrated Live Transcoder Yes* No No
Multi-protocol nDVR Yes* Partial No
Multi-platform DRM Yes* Partial No

* Extra cost option

Multi-Protocol, Multi-Client Streaming
Flash (RTMP) Yes Yes Yes
Flash (HTTP Streaming) Yes Yes Yes
iPhone/iPad (HTTP Streaming) Yes Yes No
Silverlight (Smooth Streaming) Yes No No
QuickTime/3GPP (RTSP/RTP) Yes No No
IPTV (MPEG-TS) Yes No No

Inbound Live Encoder Support
RTMP (Flash & H.264/AAC) Yes Yes Yes
RTSP/RTP/MPEG-TS (H.264/AAC; unicast, multicast, TCP, UDP) Yes No No
ICY (MP3/AAC; SHOUTcast/icecast) Yes No No

Multiple Server Streaming
Live Stream Repeater Origin-Edge Functionality Included Included No
On-demand Dynamic Media Caching (Edge) Included Included No

Supported Platforms
Windows Yes Yes Yes
Mac OS X Yes No No
Linux Yes Limited Limited
Solaris Yes No No
Unix Yes No No
64-bit Support Yes – all platforms No No
IPv6 Support Yes No No

Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) Support
RTMP Yes Yes Yes
RTMPT Yes Yes Yes
RTMPS Yes Yes Yes
RTMPE Yes Yes Yes
RTMPTE Yes Yes Yes

Programming Options
Client Side ActionScript ActionScript ActionScript
Server Side Java¹ ActionScript No

¹ Free Wowza IDE tool is available for simplified server-side programming

Applications Capabilities
Video Streaming (live and on-demand)
      FLV Yes Yes Yes
      H.264 Yes Yes Yes
Audio Streaming (live and on-demand)
      FLV Yes Yes Yes
      MP3 Yes Yes Yes
      AAC, LC-AAC, HE-AAC Yes Yes Yes
      Speex Yes Yes Yes
Chat (text, audio, video)
      One-to-One Yes Yes No
      One-to-Many Yes Yes No
      Many-to-Many Yes Yes No
Recording
      Remote, b/w independent Yes Yes No
      H.264/AAC to FLV container Yes Yes No
      H.264/AAC to MP4 (QuickTime)       container Yes No No
      Simultaneous,
during live stream
Yes Yes No
Action Method Format 3 (AMF3) Support
      Uni-directional Yes Yes Yes
      Bi-Directional Yes No No
SHOUTcast/Icecast2 Re-streaming
      MP3 Yes No No
      AAC Yes No No
Remote Shared Objects (RSOs) Yes Yes No

Extensibility
Plug-in architecture (custom modules) Yes Yes No
Application-specific stream types Yes No No
Customizable media writers Yes No No
Customizable media readers Yes No No

Content Management Systems Access
File-based storage systems Yes Yes No
Protocol-based storage systems Yes No No

Other Features
Playlist and ad insertion support Yes Yes No
Dynamic bandwidth detection Yes Yes Yes
Virtual hosting Yes Yes No
Fast seek Yes Yes Yes
Fast forward/rewind trick play (VP6) Yes No No
Slow play Yes No No
Dynamic streaming Yes Yes Yes

Security & Content Protection Options
SecureToken anti-ripping protection Yes No No
swf Domain/IP address validation Yes Yes Yes
Encrypted delivery (RTMPS/E/TE) Yes Yes Yes
AES-128 Encryption (Apple HTTP Streaming) Yes Yes No
User access controls Yes Yes Yes
Multi-platform DRM support Yes* Partial No

* Extra cost option

Management
WC3 compliant logging Yes Yes Yes
Interface to standards-based management tools Yes No No
Management console Yes
(via JMX)
Yes Yes
Centralized configuration management Yes No No

Scalability
Live Stream Repeater Yes Yes No
Demand-based load balancing Yes No No
Round-robin load balancing Yes Yes No
Local content caching Yes Yes No