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Wowza Serves Up Media Server 3

Media server offers list of compatibilities

Wowza Media Server 3 is a software platform for streaming live and on-demand audio or video simultaneously to multiple clients and devices.

According to Wowza, the platform simplifies media streaming while being more cost-effective, with a variety of AddOn components. It helps radio stations and other media enterprises implement features like time-shifted live playback and content protection for premium services.

New capabilities include an integrated live adaptive bitrate (ABR) transcoding enabled by Wowza Transcoder AddOn, which the company says eliminates provisioning complexity typical of adaptive bitrate streaming, reduces needed access bandwidth by up to 80 percent and enables better use of network resources such as routers and switches.

Wowza Transcoder takes advantage of standard hardware to convert incoming live streams from encoders, IP cameras, IPTV headends, and other live sources into multistream sets for Flash RTMP and HTTP Dynamic Streaming (HDS), HLS, smooth streaming and non-adaptive delivery for RTSP/RTP and MPEG-TS. According to Wowza, it works with “Flash- and Silverlight-capable computers, tablets, phones, set-top boxes, media players and game consoles; Apple iPhone/iPad and other HLS-capable devices such as Apple TV with AirPlay; Android devices; Roku media players; and Internet-connected TVs including Samsung Smart TV and Google TV-powered sets.”

Also included is delivery of live linear streams as time-shifted services with Wowza nDVR AddOn. Wowza nDVR reduces costs by minimizing network storage requirements and simplifying the delivery workflow for all screens, the company says.

Media Server 3 support for multiple studio-approved DRM platforms provides content owners and delivery networks with secure streaming with encryption for live and on-demand content to any device with a choice of digital rights management platforms, including Verimatrix VCAS and Microsoft PlayReady.

Wowza highlights its unconstrained per-server capacity with no CPU core limitations. It also promises flexible licensing choices including monthly, perpetual and daily subscriptions.

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