Stream a 24x7 channel with Wowza Video

A 24x7 live channel lets you broadcast content to your viewers or customers continuously. 24x7 channels can be used for news broadcasts, Esports, security, and many other applications. 

Before you start

You should have access to the following items:

  • A Wowza Video account. 24x7 streaming isn't available in a trial account.
  • A 24x7 streaming enabled for your account. To enable 24x7 streaming for your account, contact 720.279.8163 or schedule a call.

1. Set up your stream

Complete the following steps to create a configurable live stream.

  1. In Wowza Video, navigate to the Live streams page and click Add new.
  2. From the Type list, select 24x7 channel.
  3. Enter a title for your stream. By default, this title is used for the hosted page we generate for you.
  4. Select the region closest to your broadcast location to get the best stream performance. 
    Selecting the closest location minimizes network distance and reduces latency.
  5. From Stream input type, select the type of encoder or camera you're using to send video to Wowza Video.
    • RTMP, SRT, RTSP, WebRTC, Stream from file — Creates protocol-specific connection information you'll use to connect your encoder to Wowza Video. You'll access this connection information on the live stream details page. You might need to refer to your encoder's manual to make sure you add the connection information correctly. 
    • Wowza Streaming Engine, vMix, Epiphan, Telestream, LiveU, Teradek, Matrox, and IP camera — Creates a connection code or other specialized connection method for these cameras and encoders to make the setup quicker and easier.

      If your input type requires additional information, like a source URL for an IP camera, add that information. 
  6. If you know your input resolution, specify it in the Stream profile field. If you don't, you can use the default of 1080p (HD). Precision in selecting the input resolution makes a difference when you stream high definition video and want the highest resolution available in the adaptive bitrate (ABR) ladder Wowza Video creates.
  7. (Optional) Click Change image in the Poster image section if you want to display an image other than the default image in the player before the video begins playing. You'll then upload the image you want displayed. 
  8. (Optional) Select an image, specify the location, and configure the opacity and dimensions if you want to include a watermark in the Watermark section. You might include a watermark to indicate the status of a video, for example, if it's copyrighted. 
  9. Select Create live stream.

Wowza Video creates the live stream and displays the Overview tab of the live stream details page.

Tip: You can create a schedule for starting and stopping your 24x7 stream after you create your live stream. You'll find the scheduling options on the Schedule tab of the live stream details page.

2. Set up your viewing experience

Wowza Video generates several viewing formats for your stream, giving you flexibility in presentation. You can use one viewing format or combine them for a more robust viewing experience. 

  1. After the stream is created, navigate to the live stream details page and click Share stream to display the viewing formats we provide.  

  2. Choose from one or more of the viewing formats and either share links directly or update your site with the embed codes:
    • JavaScript embed code — Copy this code and add it to your site to embed the specified player into your own site. 
    • iFrame embed code — Copy this code and add it to your site to embed an iFrame with the specified player into your own site.
    • Hosted page — Copy the Hosted page link URL and share it directly with your viewers. Wowza Video automatically generates a web page, that we host for you, and embed with the specified player.


Wowza Video generates a default player that we use in all the viewing formats we generate for you. You might want the player to reflect your event branding with poster images or brand colors. You can do this by either:

  • Updating the default player. This will update the viewing experience for all streams that use the default player.
  • Create and configure a new player, perhaps specifically for this event or customer. After you create a new player and configure it as you'd like, you'll update the Player configuration field for the viewing format to point to your new player. See Get started with player configurations in Wowza Video to learn more. 

3. Connect your encoder or camera to the stream

Now that you've created a live stream in Wowza Video and you know how your viewers will watch your stream, you need to configure your encoder or camera so it's able to send video to Wowza Video. 

  1. In the Connection section of the Overview page, locate the connection information. The information generated varies by input type.

    For example, for an RTMP connection, you'll probably need the Primary Server for the stream and the Stream Name.
  2. Refer to your encoder or your encoder's product manual to determine where to input the connection information settings.

Extra help connecting your encoder

See these topics for more info about connecting to different types of encoders or cameras:

The following encoders or cameras differ enough in connecting and use that you should review the following topics for the entire streaming workflow:

4. Start your stream

Once your encoder is able to connect to Wowza Video, you can start your live stream. You can start a stream through a schedule, or manually as described below. 

  1. Click Start live stream
  2. Click Start to confirm that you want to start the stream. Wowza Video opens the stream and connects with the encoder.
  3. Start the encoder or camera.
  4. In the Wowza Video, confirm that the live stream is playing by looking at the video preview on the Live Stream Details page.

5. Test your stream playback

Go to the viewing format you chose in step 2 and confirm your stream is playing as you expect. For example, if you chose to embed the javascript in your own site, navigate to your URL and watch the stream.

Tip: The easiest way to test stream playback is to open the hosted page URL. 

6. Stop your stream

When you're done streaming, in Wowza Video, click Stop live stream at the top of the live stream details page. Then stop the stream in your encoder or camera.

Important: Charges accrue for live streams started in Wowza Video even if they aren't actively streaming content. Wowza Video automatically stops idle live streams after 20 minutes, but you should stop your stream as soon as your event ends to avoid accruing unnecessary charges.