Announcing: End-to-End Support for Most Recent Apple Low-Latency HLS Specifications


For engineers and developers who need to build an end-to-end low-latency solution, Wowza Streaming Engine has announced support for the most recent Apple Low-Latency HLS specification. This allows you to deliver high-quality, scalable, low-latency streaming to any device using player applications supporting LL-HLS.

As an enhancement to the widely adopted HLS protocol, Apple’s Low-Latency HLS — the new and emerging standard — is expected to have wide industry adoption because streaming applications still require a reliable stream with scaled distribution, but users want to take advantage of the many benefits of low latency. Vendor support is currently limited, however, and is required across the entire workflow — from origin to deployment — in order to transcode, repackage, scale, and play HLS streams with low latency. As an early adopter, Wowza is driving the industry forward through integration with CDNs and web players.

“We are excited to continue to optimize Low-Latency HLS in Wowza Streaming Engine and bring these new capabilities to the industry,” said David Stubenvoll, CEO of Wowza Media Systems. “Our customers have always been very creative in the new and transformative ways they use live streaming to change the world. Vendor-supported Low-Latency HLS only means more development, creativity, and user adoption — especially during this time of digital innovation.”

With this release, Wowza Streaming Engine can now provide the processing step for Low-Latency HLS workflows, and it’s compatible with pull-based CDNs and player applications supporting LL-HLS. This will help drive the industry to production implementations of Low-Latency HLS in large-scale, multidevice deployments.

If you’re looking for supported end-to-end technologies, Wowza has worked very closely with Fastly CDN and THEOplayer, to create a proven workflow for glass-to-glass delivery. The added support from these partners allows users to scale to large global audiences and reach beyond Apple device users to stream to all devices.

Finally, the new changes make it possible to deliver streams in under two seconds using only Wowza Streaming Engine, so users can experience the quality, scalability, and flexibility of traditional HLS — but faster.

Ready to try it out? Download a free Wowza Streaming Engine trial, or download either an installer or updater by visiting the Downloads page within your account portal. Then, check out our documentation on delivering Apple Low-Latency HLS streams from Wowza Streaming Engine for step-by-step directions.


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About Anne Balistreri

As product marketing manager at Wowza, Anne works at the intersection of product, marketing, and sales — putting the customer at the center of it all. She loves to understand the “why” behind our customers' challenges to create solutions and content that helps achieve their goals. When not working, you can find Anne spending time with her husband, stepson, and dogs (preferably in the mountains), and learning how to live more sustainably.