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PlayOn! Sports: Redefining the sports viewing environment

February 3, 2015 by Carlos Perez

At Wowza, we are passionate sports enthusiasts. Not only are we avid fans, but we also dig in deep with our many sports customers to create end-to-end solutions. We are always thirsty to solve new challenges and work to keep improving live and video on-demand streams for fans worldwide.

Did you know that participation and attendance in high school sports has been on the rise for the past 20 years? So much so, that Americans attend more than three times as many high school sporting events than college and pro combined. If you are a fan or relative of a high school athlete, you have noticed that their games and activities schedule can be demanding. Though being on the sideline is ideal, this isn’t always possible. An alternative that many viewers are turning to is live streaming.

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5 Benefits of Live Streaming Sports

January 21, 2015 by Wowza Media Systems

Sports fans from little leagues to the majors all have one thing in common: supporting their team is imperative. Watching their favorite team regardless of location is crucial, and shouldn’t be restricted because they can’t attend live or aren’t near a TV. With university athletics, for example, this is often a hurdle that fans face because followings spread far and wide. This is where streaming can bridge the gap, allowing fans to never miss a goal, race or ace.

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Common Live Encoding Workflows for Live Event Streaming

January 14, 2015 by Anthony Lazaro

When it comes to live streaming, everyone is trying to achieve the same goal: deliver high- quality video to every device. Unfortunately, the industry lacks a universally adopted streaming protocol, which means if you are serious about reaching all devices, you must create multiple streams to optimize for desktop and mobile environments. Add in the desire for adaptive streaming, and a live event producer can easily be required to produce 10+ output streams for a single event.

Read more » Worshipping without boundaries

January 13, 2015 by Wowza Media Systems

It’s becoming an expectation to be able to view live events from anywhere in the world. It’s no longer necessary to travel to an event that isn’t in your city, live streaming bridges the gap and brings people together like never before.

This, then, poses the question, should church services be accessed any differently than other live events? has an easy answer to this question: Nope! House of worship services from any denomination should be able to be accessed from anywhere. Worshiping without boundaries is their end goal.

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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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