WOWZA instance on EC2 for VOD - prohibitive costs perhaps?
Am trying to set up a VOD system using WOWZA, EC2, S3, etc.
I have just received my first bill which is for 442 hours (which is not even a full month) as my EC2 instance has been 'open' constantly. I haven't actually managed to create my website yet or stream even one video as I can't seem to get my head around the set up - (I have put out a consultant request for assistance for this now).
My question is this - if I want to stream VOD to (hopefully) many customers I assume I have to have a constantly running EC2 instance - and as such pay the cost. Which I now realise adds up!
I am wondering if this is all worth it - Its going to cost a fortune just to have a constantly open EC2 instance, let alone the cost of any streaming, encoding, Wowza licence, player licence, etc, etc. It will only be a small site and although I plan to charge for access I cannot see how it will work using this set up.
Have I got things wrong or should I give up on this set up and just look to use an existing streaming video hosting site and pay their monthly fee - which appears would be cheaper much to my surprise.
Looking forward to your thoughts, comments and suggestion
I think there are some times when you would be correct and sometime incorrect that it is too expensive.
I am probably like you , that it is too expensive for VOD because of my low penetration into market, while other high rollers would find that it is small pennies and they value the extra features that Wowza offers, not available in the cheaper options.
The cheaper option, is what I am using for VOD, simply using Cloudfront which can deliver at scale without an EC2.