Stream Targets page in Wowza Streaming Cloud

This article introduces the different parts of the Stream Targets page to help you find your way around the Wowza Streaming Cloud user interface.

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.

Stream Targets page

The Stream Targets page allows you to create, view, and edit live streams. You can also access any stream target's bandwidth usage and viewer data.

Do any of the following:

  1. Add – Create a new stream target. A dialog box opens so you can choose the type of stream target you want to add, then you're taken to the Stream Target Setup Options page.
  2. Recent – View or edit one of the five most recently used or edited stream targets. Selecting a stream target takes you to the Stream Target Details page.
  3. Search – Find an older stream target by entering a complete or partial stream target name or ID. The search return 15 results per page. By default, results are sorted from newest to oldest.
  4. Stream Target – View all stream targets or search results and sort by name, type, or last updated. Each stream target name links to the Stream Target Details page. The Usage link opens the Usage page for the corresponding stream target.

What type of target do you want to add? dialog box

Wowza CDN on Fastly – A Wowza CDN on Fastly target receives and delivers the stream through a Wowza CDN resource over HLS by 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 - Ultra Low Latency – An ultra low latency target receives the source stream at an origin server and delivers the stream through a Wowza CDN resource using WOWZ over WebSockets. It includes an optional HLS stream for fallback. This type of target has latency of under three seconds and allows playback on iOS and Android using GoCoder SDK or browser-based playback with Wowza Player.

Ultra low latency stream targets are available through subscription to Wowza Streaming Cloud with Ultra Low Latency. For more information, see About ultra low latency streaming with Wowza Streaming Cloud.

Wowza CDN on Akamai - HLS – A Wowza CDN on Akamai target for HLS playback receives and delivers the stream through a Wowza CDN resource 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 – A Wowza CDN on Akamai target for HDS/HLS playback receives the stream over RTMP at a Wowza CDN resource and makes it available for playback 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 – Wowza Streaming Cloud can use the RTMP protocol to deliver streams to custom targets. The custom target can be a third-party CDN such as Akamai or Limelight Networks, or any RTMP destination or host, such as YouTube.

Note:  Look for the information you need to create a custom target in the ingestion settings provided by the target's software or documentation.

LinkedIn Live – Offered in private preview release. See Stream to LinkedIn Live from Wowza Streaming Cloud.

Facebook Live – Wowza Streaming Cloud can send streams to Facebook to be broadcast with the Facebook Live Video publishing tool.