The Wowza Streaming Engine is a powerful streaming media server that streams live as well as on videos, audios, and other media over the network to desktop, laptop, and touchscreen computers, portable devices, IPTV set-top boxes, internet-connected TV sets, personal computers, and other network-connected devices. It is a Java-based application that can be easily deployed on Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Unix, and Solaris.
Wowza Streaming Engine supports simultaneous streaming to multiple devices, which include Adobe Flash Player, Software Silverlight Player, Apple QuickTime Player, and iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), 3GPP mobile phones (Android, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, and others), IPTV set-top boxes (Amino, Enseo, Roku, Streamit, and others), and game consoles such as Wii, Xbox, and PS3. Wowza also supports RTMP and its variants RTMPS, RTMPE, RTMPT, RTMPTE, HDS, HLS, MPEG DASH, RTSP, Smooth Streaming, MPEG-TS, and ICY (SHOUTcast/Icecast) Streams.
Anyone can publish video to a Wowza Server for playback on a website by using a camera to record the videos, encode the camera feeds with RTMP, RTP/RTSP, and MPEG-TS encoders, and stream it over the network using RTMP and HTTPS protocols. Once published live, the video can be viewed on multiple devices at the same time.
Wowza can be useful in situations where we need to have live webinars, conferences, or video conferencing, or where we need to stream live videos without a lot of expense or hardware.
Another significant advantage is the ability to stream stored video files over the network, where a website can be hosted and video can be available for playback on the website using Flash players such as JWPlayer, Flowplayer, and others. In addition, we can create a custom player based on our own specifications to meet the needs of the website.
Also, uploaded video contents can be played back as live using playlist functionality, which adds the benefit of video on demand, or applications such as play your favourite song.
Wowza's live streaming includes re-streaming audio from radio servers such as SHOUTcast/Icecast. A radio station set up on a server can be made available to web and mobile apps via wowza, and can be accessed on the fly over the network.
A high-end Wowza server can host video chat, conferencing, screen sharing, and online multiplayer games. However, wowza works well for one-on-one video conferencing and screen sharing on a production level. Multiple video chats and online games necessitate a high read/write speed in servers with very fast data transfer over the network.
Wowza is written in Java, which is a huge benefit for Java developers. Wowza is very flexible in that it can be customised to meet our needs by creating Modules that perform a function that we implement with Wowza and http_providers, which is to pass a request to the module and have it act in accordance with the command provided.
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