A stream target is a destination for a stream. Stream targets can be Wowza Streaming Cloud™ edge resources or custom, external destinations. Stream targets let you create more flexible, scalable streaming workflows. For example, you can use Wowza Streaming Cloud to transcode source video into adaptive bitrate output renditions, and then have an external CDN such as Limelight Networks deliver the stream rather than have Wowza Streaming Cloud deliver the content to viewers. You can also send source video from an encoder directly to a Wowza CDN target, bypassing the Wowza Streaming Cloud transcoder but using the Wowza CDN target to deliver the content. Or, broadcast a stream to Facebook with a Facebook Live target.
Wowza Streaming Cloud also offers LinkedIn Live stream targets in private preview release. See Stream to LinkedIn Live from Wowza Streaming Cloud.
Note: You can add up to 10 stream targets in a three-hour period.
How to choose a stream target
Wowza CDN on Fastly – Deliver streams through a Wowza CDN on Fastly resource over HLS (default). This type of target allows playback over iOS, Android, smart TVs, and HTML5-based players. Optionally, you can send an MPEG-DASH stream for digital rights management (DRM) use on Google and Microsoft devices.
Wowza CDN on Akamai - HLS – Deliver streams over HLS through a Wowza CDN on Akamai resource and play over HLS. This type of target has lower latency than a Wowza CDN HDS/HLS target and allows playback over iOS, Android, smart TVs, and HTML5-based players.
Wowza CDN on Akamai - HDS/HLS – Deliver streams over RTMP through a Wowza CDN on Akamai target resource and play over HDS and HLS. This type of target offers higher latency than a Wowza CDN HLS target but the broadest compatibility with players and devices.
Custom – Deliver streams to custom destinations over RTMP. The custom target can be a third-party CDN such as Akamai or Limelight Networks, or any RTMP destination or host, such as YouTube.
Facebook Live – Deliver streams to Facebook to be broadcast with the Facebook Live Video publishing tool.
LinkedIn Live – Deliver streams to a LinkedIn Live page associated with a personal account or an organization's account.