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4 Tips for Sizing Streaming Server Hardware

June 8, 2017 by James Jackson

How do you determine how much horsepower you actually need when selecting a media server? Follow these tips to choose hardware that meets your streaming demands. 

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Don’t Touch That Dial: Comparing Streaming Radio Latency

June 6, 2017 by Holly Regan

Did you think, "What dial?" You're not alone. Streaming radio is on the rise—but how does it perform in terms of latency?

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Which Latency Scenario Fits Your Use Case? Find Out in Our Guide

May 1, 2017 by Holly Regan

How do you balance low latency, high resolution and all-conditions playback when delivering live-streaming video? Read our guide to find the latency scenario that fits your use case.

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HLS Latency Sucks, But Here’s How to Fix It

February 12, 2017 by Chris Michaels

Since Android started to support HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) in its Honeycomb release, HLS has taken over the world for streaming video. But while HLS surges in popularity, we continue to hear complaints from customers about tuning and reducing latency. The basic message we hear, “HLS latency sucks.”

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Streaming Video Workflows for User-Generated Content

October 25, 2016 by Wowza Media Systems

Teachers, students, and employees increasingly need to create live and on-demand video content for internal audiences. Use cases can include capturing live presentations, producing video for a flipped classroom, sharing a video recording for online evaluation by teachers and classmates, or creating a training video to help colleagues be more productive at a given task. How can you embrace user-generated content with any-screen playback for your campus or workplace? Let’s dig in, looking first at the basic workflow, then focusing on five common scenarios and ways to address each.

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Avoiding Obsolescence with Platform-Agnostic Streaming

September 8, 2016 by Wowza Media Systems

Imagine: You groggily shuffle to your all-in-one coffee grinder/brewer/carafe, only to find that the grinder isn't working properly. It turns out the motor is shot and you can't get replacement parts, so now you have an obsolete component in your coffee-making workflow. You're stuck, and have to replace the whole system or buy a new grinder to keep next to your hobbled all-in-one machine. This same dilemma can affect any technology—even media streaming. Focusing on flexible and future-proof solutions will help you avoid the pain. 

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Set Up, Manage, and Monitor Your Live Streams with Wowza Streaming Engine Manager

August 4, 2016 by Anthony Lazaro

From configuring to tuning, deploying server software can be a headache. That’s why we built Wowza Streaming Engine Manager, a browser-based user interface for Wowza Streaming Engine software that gives you full control. Within the Wowza Streaming Engine Manager, you can set up, manage, and monitor your server and streaming applications from any device, anywhere. Watch our video walkthrough and read more.

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Low-Latency Streaming: What Is It & Do You Need It?

July 12, 2016 by Wowza Media Systems

We field a lot of questions about low-latency streaming. No one wants notably high latency, of course, but what does low latency really mean? And in what contexts does low latency truly matter? Read on and watch a short overview video to learn the answers.

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4 Common Software Deployment Scenarios for Live Video Streaming

April 5, 2016 by Anthony Lazaro

While every streaming architecture has unique elements, we find that media server deployment decisions often come back to a few common considerations: audience size, audience location, resources, ease of deployment, and network constraints. This post articulates four common deployment scenarios for streaming server software such as Wowza Streaming Engine. If you aren’t yet sure whether you need a streaming solution based on DIY software or a managed cloud service, you may want to download our deployment decision guide, which outlines how to find the streaming media infrastructure that fits you best. If you already know you need a self-managed software-based solution, this post is for you, and we hope these four scenarios help you understand how to build a professional-grade streaming architecture.

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IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS: Boiling Down the Cloud Acronym Soup

March 16, 2016 by Wowza Media Systems

You'll see three terms used to refer to cloud services: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS). Find out what each one really means in terms of infrastructure control, management, ease, and agility.

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