Wowza Media Server Hosting

Wowza Streaming Engine / Media Server RTMP Hosting
Wowza Media Server HostingWowza Streaming Engine applications can be configured to stream from:
  • Web pages with Flash web based live video apps
  • Desktop encoders
    (Wirecast, Open Broadcaster Software, Flash Live Encoder)
  • Mobile encoders
    (GoCoder or custom apps developed by VideoWhisper)
  • IP Cameras and other streams (rtsp, udp, rtmp, rtmps.. )
Wowza Streaming Engine applications can be configured to stream to:
  • Web pages with Flash apps over RTMP RTMPE RTMPS
  • HLS: Apple iOS iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, latest Android devices
  • Android, Blackberry(R) and other 3GPP platforms
  • Microsoft Silverlight, Apple QuickTime
  • IPTV set-top boxes (Amino, Enseo, Roku, Streamit)
  • game consoles such as Wii and PS3

Wowza Streaming Engine / Media Server is a high-performance, extensible and fully interactive Flash media server for live and on-demand streaming, chat and recording.

For live or on-demand streaming to computers, mobile devices and IPTV/OTT endpoints, the Wowza platform delivers superior features, benefits and functionality.

It's the streaming server used by sites like LiveStream, Justin TV.

Find on this page: plan features, plans, dedicated servers .

To quickly compare bandwidth, space and price see video hosting for business comparison tables.

Hosting Plan Features (Wowza RTMP + Web)
Unlimited RTMP Connections Hosting on Wowza Streaming Engine / Media Server can use as much bandwidth as available per plan and there are no software limitations for the number of simultaneous connections. Plans are on full mode Wowza licensed servers: no additional licensing costs are required.
CPanel Web Hosting Most popular web hosting management control panel to manage http, mysql, email, ftp. All plans allow unlimited subdomains and mysql, email, ftp accounts.
1 Dedicated IP Allows SSL for https and prevents abuse issues due to other sites like on shared IPs. Also web and rtmp can be accessed without pointing a domain.
Security Dedicated IP allows unique account identity settings and setting up a SSL certificate for HTTPS (from CPanel). Servers include advanced firewall settings (CSF & LFD), ClamAV antivirus, ModSecurity.
1 Free Installation For our scripts including popular CMS like Joomla/Wordpress/Drupal (with the automated cms installers provided).
Free Transfer Free transfer of site from another web provider (if access is provided) can be done by our technicians on request.
Installation of the Wowza Media Server applications managed Wowza Media Server hosting - turnkey rtmp address provided
High Speed Networks streaming oriented infrastructure on 1000Mbps servers in high speed data center networks with multiple backbone connections totalling thousands of Gbps bandwidth capacity
Automated Popular Script Installations Softaculous
automated installation for a wide range of scripts including Joomla, Wordpress, Drupal, Elgg, Dolphin, various classifieds/support desk/gallery/forum/shopping cart scripts
Video Sharing Support FFMPEG (from svn), mplayer, mencoder, flvtool2, yamdi; including codecs: x264, speex, nellymoser, theora, mp3lame, vorbis, ogg, faac, faad2, xvid
Document Conversion Tools tools to convert PDF, PPT, DOC, XLS to images for web based display: Apache_OpenOffice, unoconv, ImageMagick
Optimized Recording special rtmp addresses to archive all live streams or just record; recorded flv files can be deployed to user's home directory in a web folder
Wowza Statistics an exclusive proprietary statistics system . See statistic for: streaming, chat demos.
Live Transcoding enables live re-encoding and re-streaming for HLS playback on iOS devices (iPhone, iPad); test with Live Streaming;
IP Camera re-stream rtsp, udp, rtmp, rtmps streams as necessary (setup on request) - at least StreamStartup or higher required for 24/7 use
Affordable considering RTMP required for live streaming usually demands setting up a dedicated server and Wowza Streaming Engine license alone starts from $65/month, our fully compatible all including managed plans starting from $50/month are a very good offer

Clarifications

  • Included bandwidth can be used for rtmp hosting or web hosting or both. Plans can be used for rtmp only without pointing a domain (with the dedicated ip).
  • No additional licensing fees are required for Wowza Streaming Engine (usually available for $995 or $55/month): these are already included and paid for our servers hosting these plans.

Wowza Streaming Engine Hosting Plans

  Stream Hosting Plans
  Stream
Developer
Stream
Startup
Stream
Business
Stream
Corporate
Stream
Show
Stream
Intense
 
  Storage Space* (Mb)   30 000 60 000 90 000 180 000 225 000 360 000  
  Bandwidth (Gb/Month)   2 000 5 000 10 000 15 000 25 000 50 000  
  Connections
Streams, Bitrate
  Unlimited
(within allocated resources)
 
  Max. Connection Speed   1000 Mbps
(from high quality network US data centers)
 
  Sustained Connection (Mbps)   6 15 30 46 77 154  
  Transcoding Symultaneous**   2 4 6 8 10 16  
                   
  Monthly Price Range   $29 - $50 $58 - $100 $88 - $150 $117 - $200 $146 - $250 $204 - $350  
                   
  Monthly Price (USD)   $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $350  
  Monthly Subscription   Order Order Order Order Order Order  
                   
  Yealry Price (USD)   $500 $1000 $1500 $2000 $2500 $3500  
  Monthly ~ (USD)   $42 $83 $125 $167 $208 $292  
  Yearly Subscription   Order Order Order ask ask ask  
                   
  2 Years Price (USD)   $700 $1400 $2100 $2800 $3500 $4900  
  Monthly ~ (USD)   $29 $58 $88 $117 $146 $204  
  2 Years Subscription   Order Order Order Order ask ask  

* By default servers are configured to keep 2 backup copies of website (generated daily and monthly) so only 1/3 of space is available.
Storage space can be increased 3x when needed, if backups are not required.
** Plans allow unlimited channels. Transcoding refers to CPU after processing you start to convert video streams to other formats.
Developer plans are mainly for testing, setup and development phase of projects and for developer teams to showcase their work.

Does your project require high resources for long term? See our dedicated managed streaming servers from $275/mo .


Clarifications
  • Hosting plans don't include VideoWhisper software license - this must be ordered separately to run software in full mode.
  • Please allow a couple of working days for setup because setup is human based and involves multiple steps for setting up managed rtmp hosting services.
  • Subscriptions are billed automatically until cancelled. Subscriptions can be cancelled anytime from the billing processor. If you want to terminate your plan make sure you cancel subscription before billing date because already allocated server resources will not be refunded.
  • You can change your subscription anytime by ordering the new one you want and then cancelling old one. Switching between close plans usually does not require transfer to a different server type.
    We recommend starting with monthly subscription for a few months to fully evaluate and then contracting for longer depending on business plan.
Premium Non-Budget

There are multiple budget providers that advertise unlimited space and bandwidth for a few dollars.

The secret behind budget host offers is hosting hundreds of sites on a server and hidden terms and practices. In example:

  • forbid installation of demanding services like a rtmp server
  • processing limitations that kill demanding processes like rtmp or plain video conversion for bigger files
  • space limitations that apply for video / file sharing sites as exception to “unlimited space”, in hidden terms
  • restrictive resource limitations that slows your site as soon as it begins to have some traffic
  • shared bandwidth on 10 or 100 Mbps shared connection for hundreds of sites where you will not be able to use much of the “unlimited” bandwidth
  • blacklisting in search engines and mail servers, because often you find your site on same IP address with a spammer or other site engaged in malicious activities
  • sharing physical server resources like connection, disk and cpu between many sites or vps is offten incompatible with live streaming: usually results in big latency, recording issues, massive frame loss

Our main business is live video streaming software and we provide realistic hosting plans where our client sites can fully work and perform. All our plans are premium, with advanced functionality, on powerful servers and networks that host a limited number of premium sites.

Red5 vs Wowza : What to choose?
  • Red5 Media Server hosting:
    • For most affordable streaming bandwidth required for community, free site services.
    • For web based live streaming and video chat.
    • Not recommended for recording or distribution to other types of devices, transcoding.
  • Wowza Streaming Engine / Media Server hosting:
    • For production sites where performance and realibility is essential.
    • For sites that demand advanced features including recording, archiving, transcoding and publishing to mobiles.
    • For development phase as Wowza includes multiple functionalities that may come handy for implementing project features.
Setup Information
After ordering any of these plans send us the domain name you plan to use with it. You can point your domain's name servers to the ones we'll provide or you can access it using the dedicated ip (without hosting a domain).

Because these plans are managed, each account setup is done manually by our staff and it can take a couple of days to be ready. Activity is reduced on weekends so setups for orders placed during or right before weekend are usually done on Monday. Delays also occur for other non working days.
Transcoding Symultaneous
  • Transcoding is only required for converting videos and broadcasting from web flash application to iOS iPhone / iPad because Apple devices require special format (codecs) and don't support video as broadcast from web flash application. Wowza is required to distribute this formatted stream to iOS/Safari as HLS (HTTP Live Streaming). Most mobile systems other that iOS, including latest Android, can use Flash for playback and don't need transcoded streams.
  • Transcoding means decoding the live stream and recording it to another format. This requires server processing power. Listed channels are estimates based on some tests.
  • Our transcoding solution does not use the Wowza Transcoder Addon so it does not require the extra channel licensing fee previously needed for that. The Wowza Transcoder solution is available only on dedicated servers with client's Wowza licensing, due to high processing required. The addon is usually not availble on shared plans.
  • Server capacity may vary at runtime depending on various factors and settings including stream size, quality settings, encoding profile.
  • On dedicated servers you can start as many transcoding threads as you wish but at some point server gets overloaded and performance issues occur.
    On shared plans our straff monitors this type of usage to prevent server disruptions and service quality for other clients on same server.
  • Due to processing required, transcoding can be implemented as premium feature or on request feature only when there are clients on iPhone / iPad. An alternate is to broadcast with special software (not from web flash) like a desktop encoder application that can publish for iOS.
  • Compared to RTMP streaming, HLS streaming involves bigger latency depending on various settings (up to 15s). While this can be an issue on live video chat and interactions, for 1 way live streaming latency is not an issue, on most situations.
  • Transcoding is a server process that must be started after starting broadcast to server. Broadcaster must enable alwaysRTMP so stream is available on server even if there are no subscribers in regular interface. HLS viewers are not monitored with regular web interfaces/players and status scripts.
  • Transcoding process connects to rtmp server, inputs the stream (must be exist), broadcasts it as a new stream in a new format to rtmp server. Transcoding process can be closed on request and also closes automatically when input stream closes. Transcoding process does not start if input stream is not available.
  • Transcoding is usually started on request by broadcaster, by clicking on a link/button to start transcoding. Can also be implemented to be started by viewer when accessing with iOS device but there's a delay of seconds before HLS becomes available.
  • Video conversions: FFMPEG video conversion requires 1 CPU thread when limited to 1 thread. That means a server with 8 cpu threads will be able to handle around 8 symultaneous transcodings with good performance. On shared plans conversions should be queued.
Connection and Bandwidth Usage Estimations

The hosting limits are for the total streaming bandwidth, not for the number of connections.

Regular dedicated servers have 10Mbps or 100Mbps shared connections. At 50kb/s per stream (50kb/s=400kbps as 1 byte = 8bits), a dedicated 10Mbps connection can serve maximum 25 video streams, 100Mbps hundreds and 1000Mbps thousands. We recommend 1000Mbps plans for high traffic sites or sites that plan to host events with many simultaneous users. Because connections are shared, available connection will usually average around 1/3 of maximum possible.

Sustained connection refers to average connection use required to consume all monthly bandwidth. In example to transfer 2000 Gb of data in a month, a sustained 6Mbps connection usage would be required 24/7 for 30 days. When estimating requirements that should be used for calculations. In example for a site that averages 30 simultaneous viewers watching 500kbps streams, 15Mbs would be required.

Total bandwidth required depends on software streaming settings, number of simultaneous users and usage logic. For a 2 way video chat each user will upload a stream and download a stream, meaning 4 streams are used for 2 users. For a video conference where each users watches other 3 users that user will upload 1 video and download 3 so a total of 4 streams per user will be consumed. For live streaming or consultation where 1 broadcasts and everybody else watches about 1 stream per user will be required (for watching).

Most applications require multiple streams per user depending on communication logic.

All Stream Wowza Media Server plans are hosted on servers with 1000Mbps connection.

Spike Protection
VideoWhisper staff monitors total traffic for each account (standard cpanel traffic + rtmp traffic) and suggests upgrade options if more resources are needed.

There is a limit for spikes in bandwidth usage: no more than 10% of total monthly bandwidth can be used in a single day or 5% per day in 3 days or more. This prevents slowdown of service due to traffic spikes.
That means on a 1000Gb plan (for about 33Gb/day average use): if usage exceeds 100Gb in a singled day or 50Gb in 3 different days account should be moved to a more powerful plan. Compared to estimated daily use that's no more than 300% in a day or 150% in 3 different days.
Also using more transcoding threads than channels per plan or using any server resources in a way that can cause important server performance decrease is not allowed.

Customers that expect spikes should get appropriate plans (get hosted on servers that can handle that without performance loss) or a dedicated server.

This keeps all accounts at good performance levels.
Server Location and Network
All servers are located physically in Unites States (Dallas, Texas).

Streaming plans at 1000Mbps plans in SoftLayer™ networks (connected trough Level 3, SAVVIS, Verio and Global Crossing). All provide incredible transfer speeds and connectivity.
Managed Wowza Media Server Hosting
Wowza Media Server application installation is a serviced managed by our team.
If you're not using one of our application and need to install your own, our hosting team will also require Java source code for the server side rtmp library. This is required for review due to security policy.

There is a limit for number of applications our team can manage for each plan (1-10 depending on plan). Unlimited installations can use same application address if room names are different.
Dedicated Solutions
For high traffic sites with hundreds of simultaneous users online we recommend dedicated Wowza Servers.
If you want Wowza for your own dedicated server you will need a Wowza license.
Dedicated Servers with Managed Wowza Media Server

As an advanced solution for high traffic sites we can provide managed Wowza Streaming Engine hosting on one or multiple dedicated servers.

  • We recommended these for high volume sites using VideoWhisper standard or custom applications with advanced load balancing on multiple servers.
  • Each server includes latest Wowza Streaming Engine 4+ with full mode subscription ($65/mo), WHM/cPanel license to host unlimited domains ($45/mo).
  • The rtmp side is managed ($80/mo): Our staff setups your rtmp applications and restarts the rtmp server as needed so you don't need to pay an administrator for the linux servers.
  • Before ordering, estimate the length of your project: due to setup costs involved, a longer billing interval (minimum contract duration) means lower price per month.
Dedicated Wowza Servers Dedicated C1 Dedicated S1 Dedicated S1m Dedicated S2  
Recommended for rich media site streaming oriented streaming extra vod oriented  
CPU
(max. simultaneous video conversions)
E3-1231v3
(8 threads)
E3-1231v3
(8 threads)

E3-1271v3
(8 threads)

2x E5-2620v3
(24 threads)
 
Memory 32 GB 16 GB 32 GB 32 GB  
Storage (HDD/SSD) 2 x 2000GB HDD
SoftRaid 1/0
200GB SSD / 1000GB HDD
+ 1000GB HDD
4 x 1000GB HDD  
Bandwidth
(main usage)
Unlimited*
(for plain use)
100 000 GB (100TB)*
(for any use including streaming, vod, file sharing)
 
Dedicated Connection Speed
1000 Mbps* 1000 Mbps  
Available Datacenter Zones North America, Europe
 
NA Country (Copyright Policy) CA (no DMCA) United States (DMCA)
Transcoding Symultaneous* ~32 ~32 ~32 ~96  
Wowza Streaming Engine / Media Server
(Wowza license included, $65/mo)
 
Managed Linux + RTMP
(administration included, $80/mo)
 
WHM/CPanel for Unlimited Domains
(WHM license included, $45/mo)
 
RTMP Session Control
(license included, $19/mo)
 
3 Extra IPs
($6/mo)
 
Price range per month
$275-$300 $375-$450 $425-$500 $540-$615  
Hardware & network price (just server)
(without included wowza, management, whm ..)
from $60 from $185 from $235 from $355  
Price per allocated Gb ~0.01$/Gb  
           
Order monthly
(recurring subscription)
$300/month
Order
$450/month
Order
$500/month
ask
$620/month
ask
 
Order 6 month
(recurring subscription)
$285/month
ask for $1710
$425/month
ask for $2550
$475/month
ask for $2850
$600/month
ask for $3600
 
Order 1 Year
(recurring subscription)
$275/month
ask for $3300
$400/month
Order for $4800
$450/month
Order for $5400
$570/month
ask for $6840
 
Dedicated Red5 managed RTMP streaming servers are also available starting from $225/month .
  • Contact us to ask for plan order links are not available or you need custom hardware . In example 1000GB HDD can be exchanged with 200GB SSD if you prefer speed to space or bigger disks can be added if you need more space.

  • * Unlimited C server bandwidth is for standard site usage (hosting a regular site that also includes bandwidth intensive functionality like streaming, vod or file sharing but does not focus on it).
    Servers have 1000 Mbps dedicated connection (maximum speed available for bursts) but average use should be around 500 Mbps. Canada servers are with a different data center that mainly targets regular site hosting. If datacenter determines that server connection is used mostly for streaming, video sharing or file sharing, connection may be limited until upgrading to a different bandwidth option. Site will need to be transferred to a server with dedicated 1000Mbps connection (like S1), that's more cost efficient in this situation .
  • * 100Tb bandwidth on dedicated 1000Mbps port for S servers, can be used each month (input and output) as needed, without restrictions. Usually 100Tb is not reached due to other hardware limitations or usage distribution in external networks. 100Tb/month is equivalent for using server's connection at around 30% capacity (within good performance parameters).
    100Tb/month means ~ 3 333Gb/day or ~ 139Gb/hour or ~ 38.5 Mb/second which is ~308 Mbps.
  • If you calculate cost per Gb for this streaming server, it starts from ~0.01$/Gb which is at least 10 times less compared to most rtmp streaming providers (including Cloud) where 1 Gb is at least ~0.1$ . So even if you're using 20% of allocated bandwidth per month for your solution, it's 2 times cheaper than most cloud streaming providers.
  • Simultaneous user capacity is better compared to VPS and clould provider instances that usually share a connection (similar to VPS, multiple cloud instances share a 100 Mbps or 1000 Mbps conection).
  • Getting a more powerful server can allow using more of the allocated bandwidth, expecially on demanding sites where serving may be limited by required processing power. So getting a faster server can lower actual price per Gb.

  • IPs: We provide all dedicated servers with 4 IPs: 1 for host and first nameserver, 1 for secondary nameserver, 1 for website, 1 spare (in case main site IP gets blacklisted). More can be added for extra $3/month.

  • Delivery Time: Contracting formalities, setup takes some time and need to be scheduled with the data center. Installing streaming and conversion software also takes some time. It can take about a week after order processing to get everything up and running.

  • Trial - How to evaluate performance: Our demos and shared plans are hosted on similar servers, so you can evaluate these before ordering a dedicated server. For servers in specific locations contact us and we'll provide testing links if such server is available.

  • SSH root access is NOT provided for servers using our Wowza Streaming Engine license key. If you need SSH, get a Red5 server and provide your own Wowza license key.

  • Subscriptions are billed automatically until cancelled (same plan is renewed at end of billing interval). Subscriptions can be cancelled anytime from the billing processor. If you want to terminate your plan make sure you cancel subscription before billing date because already allocated server resources will not be refunded.

  • Location: For S type servers (S1, S1m, S2), default data centers location is Salt Lake City, Tier 3 data centers that are SAS70 Type II and SSAE16 certified. For same price server can be provided in New York (US, East Coast) or London (UK, EU), Amsterdam (Netherlands).
    Optionally, for $50/month extra, server can be located in another location of choice: Dallas, Washington DC, Seattle, San Jose, Montreal, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan. Servers are also available in more exotic locations like Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, Sao Paolo but servers allow only 20Tb* transfer per month (instead of 100Tb as rest of servers).
    Location for C type servers (C1) is Canada (North America, East Coast) and for same price server can be provided in France (Europe).

Options:

  • Softaculous can be licensed for $24/year to allow easy web installation for popular free turnkey scripts.

Notes:

  • Contact us for details on ordering these plans. We can also provide advice and offers for higher requirements.
    These hosting services do not include free software license; these must be ordered separately.
  • Also see RTMP Hosting for a list of rtmp hosting options and Red5 Hosting for affordable bandwidth rtmp hosting.
  • Wowza, Wowza Media Server and related logos are trademarks of Wowza Media Systems. We use licensed Wowza Media Servers on our plans.
What is Wowza Media Server?

Wowza Media Server is unified server software developed by Wowza Media Systems.

The server is used for streaming of live and on-demand video, audio, and RIAs (rich Internet applications) over public and private IP networks to desktop, laptop, and tablet computers, mobile devices, IPTV set-top boxes, internet-connected TV sets, and other network-connected devices.

Wowza Media Server can stream to multiple types of playback clients and devices simultaneously, including the Adobe Flash player, Microsoft Silverlight player, Apple QuickTime Player and iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), 3GPP mobile phones (Android, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, etc.), IPTV set-top boxes (Amino, Enseo, Roku, Streamit and others) and game consoles such as Wii and PS3.

Wowza Media Server is compatible with all streaming protocols: RTMP, RTMPE, RTMPS, RTMPTE, HDS, HLS, MPEG-DASH, RTSP, RTP, Smooth Streaming, MPEG2, MPEG-TS, and ICY (SHOUTcast / Icecast). The server can also ingest video and audio via Wowza GoCoder? mobile application.

What is RTMP?

Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) is a proprietary protocol developed by Adobe Systems for streaming audio, video and data over the Internet, between a Flash player and a server.
The raw TCP-based RTMP maintains a single persistent connection and allows real-time communication. To guarantee smooth delivery of video and audio streams, while still maintaining the ability to transmit bigger chunks of information, the protocol may split video and data into fragments.

The RTMP defines several channels on which packets may be sent/received, and which operate independently of each other. For example, there is a channel dedicated for handling RPC requests and responses, a channel for video stream data, a channel for audio stream data, a channel for out-of-band control messages (fragment size negotiation, etc.), and so on. During a typical RTMP session, several channels may be active simultaneously at any given time.

 


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