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Wowza Predictions for Online Video in 2015

December 9, 2014 by Chris Knowlton

When I first started working on streaming media products in 1999, my co-workers and I were convinced that online video was going to be big someday. Fueled in large part by mainstream successes within the last decade by pioneers such as YouTube and Netflix, few would argue that online video ubiquity is spreading across the globe and "someday" has arrived.

What are the big trends we see as we go into 2015? There will be many advances with specific new technologies, such as HTML5 streaming, HEVC (H.265), 4K, and MPEG-DASH, and we'll focus on those in the months and years ahead. In general, those technologies will help fuel some broader changes already ramping up in the market. 

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Drumroll… New Wowza Transcoder Benchmarks Available

December 1, 2014 by Wowza Media Systems

Check out the just released new Transcoder AddOn benchmarks in the forums section of This is a highly anticipated release and one that we hope will benefit all of our customers and prospects. The performance benchmark numbers were updated from the existing information to account for the latest industry changes in hardware and video acceleration technologies. 

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Welcome to the world, Wirecast 6!

November 20, 2014 by Chris Cross

Last week, our Works With Wowza partner Telestream announced the availability of Wirecast 6, a major release of their popular live streaming production software.

I’d like to extend a huge congratulations to the Telestream team on launching this version of Wirecast, packed with new features. If you haven’t checked it out, be sure to take a look at:

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Wowza wins 2014 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Award in the Media Server category

November 19, 2014 by Wowza Media Systems

We at Wowza Media Systems are thrilled to receive the 2014 Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards for best Media Server with Wowza Streaming Engine. The Media Server finalists included Adobe Media Server 5 and Haivision Calypso.

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Wowza Ninja App Challenge Starts Today!

November 12, 2014 by Jamie Sherry

Do you have an idea for a custom mobile app that utilizes the Wowza Streaming Engine REST API? Now is the time to submit it! The Wowza Ninja App Challenge kicks off today! 

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Elemental Connects with Wowza Streaming Engine

November 7, 2014 by Chris Cross

Creating a workflow for live streaming large-scale events can be an enormously complex task. Broadcasters and other content providers have a multitude of choices in building out infrastructure that can efficiently and effectively format and distribute live video to consumers in a multiscreen world. In approaching the implementation of multiscreen service offerings, having confidence in the interoperability amongst components in the video delivery the workflow is key. This eases the way for video operators to focus on providing the best viewing experience possible to consumers.

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Umphrey’s McGee Fall Tour Streamed by TourGigs

October 27, 2014 by Wowza Media Systems

TourGigs is an in-house production and distribution company that makes live concerts available to viewers on the day of or a few days afterwards. They bring the concert experience to you, when it’s convenient for you. During a time when instant access is everything, this ability to watch your favorite artist or band when and where you want is crucial.

TourGigs’ latest feature includes the Umphrey’s McGee Fall Tour. The streams will include high-quality HD camera angles and a crisp sound that will make it feel like you are live in the audience. The tour includes eleven shows, all of which will be streamed on the TourGigs website immediately following the end of each concert. 

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Corporate Counsel Elliot Miller to speak at ACC Annual Meeting in New Orleans

October 21, 2014 by Wowza Media Systems

Wowza Corporate Counsel Elliot Miller will speak at the 2014 Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Annual Meeting, held this year in New Orleans from October 28-31. The ACC Annual Meeting is the largest annual gathering of in-house attorneys from all over the world, and offers a wide range of corporate legal education and insights. 

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The Beginning of the End

October 16, 2014 by Dave Stubenvoll

Cable may not be dead, but it certainly looks terminal. HBO announced a standalone streaming service to begin in 2015. HBO GO without a cable subscription.

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HEVC and Wowza Transcoder: when bandwidth is an issue and quality is a must

October 7, 2014 by Jamie Sherry

Here at Wowza we are constantly watching evolving technologies and looking at ways to innovate in the ever complex streaming video workflow. To help with bandwidth-constraints where the content will be consumed, you can use High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), or H.265, which is one of several evolving video compression technology standards. 

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