There are a couple of ways that Wowza Streaming Engine™ media server software can leverage the Wowza CDN™ edge network in the Wowza Video™ live streaming service to scale and add flexibility to live-streaming workflows:
Wowza CDN workflows for Wowza Streaming Engine
Stream directly to a Wowza CDN endpoint
The easiest and most common way to use Wowza CDN is to send a single-bitrate or transcoded multi-bitrate live stream from Wowza Streaming Engine to a Wowza CDN on Fastly endpoint over HLS. All you need is Wowza Streaming Engine 4.7 or later and a Wowza CDN™ or Wowza Video™ subscription. Because it uses globally distributed resources and HLS delivery, Wowza CDN allows you to cost-effectively scale your Wowza Streaming Engine broadcast to larger, broader audiences with reduced latency and greater reliability.
- Stream to Wowza CDN from Wowza Streaming Engine
- Stream to Wowza CDN from Wowza Streaming Engine using Wowza REST APIs
Stream to Wowza Video for transcoding and delivery over the Wowza CDN edge network
If you have a Wowza Video subscription in addition to the Wowza Streaming Engine software, you can send single-bitrate live streams to the Wowza Video for transcoding and delivery to viewers over the Wowza CDN on Fastly edge network. This workflow allows you to use Wowza Video's high-performance servers and high-bandwidth networks for the heavy-lifting of transcoding before delivering the stream to viewers over the Wowza CDN network.
- Send a stream from Wowza Streaming Engine to Wowza Video for transcoding
- Send a stream from Wowza Streaming Engine to Wowza Video for transcoding using Wowza APIs
For all workflows, you can customize Wowza CDN stream targets and see viewer data in Wowza Video. For instructions see:
- Protect a Wowza CDN on Fastly stream target with token authentication in Wowza Video
- Geo-block Wowza CDN on Fastly stream targets in Wowza Video
- Manage HLS playback over SSL for Wowza CDN on Fastly in Wowza Video
- Usage Details page in Wowza Video
- Get viewer data for a Wowza CDN stream target with the Wowza Video REST API