Wowza Streaming Cloud release notes

The Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service is updated on a regular basis. Refer to this article for information about software updates, such as new features and functionality or bug fixes, to the user interface. Updates to the Wowza Streaming Cloud user interface and API are also posted in the What's New panel of the Wowza Streaming Cloud user interface. For a list of current major features in Wowza Streaming Cloud, see Wowza Streaming Cloud Features.

Note: For information about updates to the Wowza Streaming Cloud REST API, see Wowza Streaming Cloud REST API release notes.

New features and functionality


April 8, 2020

  • Added functionality that allows you to stream a file (.mp4, .mp3, .flv) in a live stream broadcast. This feature is only available in the transcoder workflow. For more information, see Stream a file in Wowza Streaming Cloud.

April 2, 2020

  • As of January 5, 2021, the ultra low latency (ULL) feature will be sunset, and existing ULL targets will no longer function. Click here to learn more about Wowza’s future plans for low latency streaming.

March 26, 2020

  • Added a system health indicator that shows the current status of the system. You can click the health indicator to view the System Health Dashboard.
  • Added support for securing HLS streams using AES-128 encryption. For more information, see Secure HLS streams with AES-128 external encryption in Wowza Streaming Cloud.
  • Added SRT and UDP to the live stream workflow. When creating a live stream, you now have the option to specify SRT or UDP as the video source. Previously, SRT and UDP were only available in the transcoder workflow.

March 4, 2020

February 28, 2020

February 19, 2020

February 10, 2020

  • Removed support for the following regions for ultra low latency streams:
    • East Australia
    • South Brazil
    • West India
    Ultra low latency streams that use these regions will automatically be routed to the next closest region.

February 3, 2020

January 29, 2020

January 22, 2020

  • Updated the Type label for Wowza CDN on Akamai stream targets on the Stream Targets and Stream Target details page. Instead of Wowza CDN, we now display Wowza CDN on Akamai - HLS or Wowza CDN on Akamai - HDS/HLS.

January 16, 2020

January 8, 2020

  • Added usage data for Wowza CDN on Fastly stream targets. On the Wowza Streaming Cloud homepage, Wowza CDN on Fastly preview participants can now view near real-time Current Usage and Network Usage data for Wowza CDN on Fastly stream targets.
  • Replaced all references to token authorization in the UI and documentation with token authentication.
  • Updated the live stream workflow to default to Wowza stream sources instead of Akamai stream sources.

Earlier updates


Wowza Streaming Cloud 2019 updates

December 19, 2019

  • Reordered the list of stream targets on the transcoder Outputs & Targets tab and on the stream target dialog box that displays when adding a stream target from the Stream Targets page to simplify the user experience. The dialog box has also been updated to include descriptions of each available stream target.
  • Renamed the Wowza CDN stream targets as follows:
    • Wowza CDN - HLS is now Wowza CDN on Akamai - HLS
    • Wowza CDN - HDS/HLS is now Wowza CDN on Akamai - HDS/HLS
  • Updated the usage data page to limit the date/time range that can be specified to a maximum range of 90 days.

December 5, 2019

  • Added new ingest protocols: The Wowza Streaming Cloud service can now connect to WebRTC streams as well as any H.264 encoder that supports the UDP protocol.

December 3, 2019

  • Added Wowza CDN on Fastly stream targets as a beta feature. This was previously an alpha feature in private preview.

November 1, 2019

  • Removed a number of items that streamline the user experience:
    • HDS as a delivery protocol in the live stream workflow (still available in transcoder workflow)
    • statistics for CPU and GPU utilization
    • amount billed for bandwidth and hours billed for stream processing
    • viewer data by protocol and viewer data for renditions by country
  • Added account-level and stream-level usage and viewer data for Wowza CDN on Fastly stream targets (in private preview).

October 15, 2019

  • Added analytics for Wowza CDN on Fastly stream target usage in preview. In the user interface, Wowza CDN on Fastly preview participants can now view near real-time data for Total Unique Viewers and Current Unique Viewers. For preview access, contact cloud-preview@wowza.com.

September 23, 2019

  • Updated the South Korea broadcast location for Wowza Streaming Cloud to add support for passthrough streaming and 24x7 billing in addition to ABR transcoding and pay-as-you-go billing.

August 20, 2019

  • Standardized broadcast location features for live streams and transcoders. Previously, ABR transcoding and pay-as-you-go billing were available in all regions, but passthrough streaming, 24x7 billing, and 4K streaming support were location-dependent. As of today, most broadcast locations support all billing and transcoding features. Asia Pacific (South Korea) and EU (Ireland), however, don’t yet support passthrough streaming and 24x7 billing. For more information, see Wowza Streaming Cloud broadcast location features.

August 1, 2019

  • Added Wowza CDN on Fastly stream targets to Wowza Streaming Cloud live streams as an alpha feature available in preview release. When you create a live stream, the Video Source and Transcoder Settings page of the setup wizard only allows you to create an HLS stream for delivery and, under the hood, uses a Wowza CDN on Fastly stream target. For preview access, contact cloud-preview@wowza.com.

July 17, 2019

  • Released Wowza stream sources to be generally available to all Wowza Streaming Cloud customers. Wowza stream sources detect the broadcast location of a live stream or transcoder and automatically start and stop the associated transcoder, providing an instant connection between the source encoder and a Wowza Streaming Cloud transcoder. For more information, see Control a transcoder with a Wowza stream source in Wowza Streaming Cloud.
  • Added select advanced properties for Wowza CDN on Fastly stream targets as an alpha feature in private preview. You can now specify the HLS segment duration, convert AMF metadata to ID3, and define the maximum allowable duration of a playlist. For more information, see Stream to Wowza CDN on Fastly from Wowza Streaming Cloud.

June 25, 2019

  • Updated all token authorization implementations to improve the security of your live streams. From now on, player applications must allow cookies in order to play content protected with token authentication from Wowza Streaming Cloud. Typically, this requires a simple configuration change in your player application. In Wowza Player, for example, you must enable the withCredentials property and set its value to true. For more information, see Protect a Wowza CDN stream target with token authorization in Wowza Streaming Cloud.
  • Introduced Wowza CDN on Fastly stream targets as an alpha feature in private preview. Use this stream target type to stream from Wowza Streaming Cloud over the Wowza CDN via Fastly. To be considered for preview participation, contact cloud-preview@wowza.com. For more information, including feature limitations in the alpha phase, see Stream to Wowza CDN on Fastly from Wowza Streaming Cloud.

June 11, 2019

  • Added the ability for for ultra low latency streams to use servers in the East Australia region for ingest to an origin or delivery from an edge. The network automatically selects the nearest region, but you can manually override this automatic selection to use East Australia.

May 28, 2019

April 18, 2019

  • Updated the Facebook Live stream target to provide a stream to a video destination on Facebook over RTMPS only. RTMPS is RTMP over a TLS/SSL connection. You can also now configure custom stream targets to send streams over RTMPS if you don't select a specific CDN provider.

April 11, 2019

March 22, 2019

March 20, 2019

  • Added a new ingest protocol: The Wowza Streaming Cloud service can now connect to any H.264 encoder that supports the SRT protocol. SRT enables the delivery of high-quality, low-latency video across the public Internet over unpredictable network conditions. See  Connect an SRT encoder to Wowza Streaming Cloud to get started.
  • Added the ability to stream to LinkedIn. The new LinkedIn Live stream target type is in private preview and requires beta access to the LinkedIn Live feature on LinkedIn. See Stream to LinkedIn Live from Wowza Streaming Cloud to learn more, and contact cloud-preview@wowza.com to be considered for preview participation.

February 14, 2019

Wowza Streaming Cloud 2018 updates

November 7, 2018

  • Updated the free 30 day trial of the Wowza Streaming Cloud service to include access to the REST API production environment, access to ultra low latency streaming, and the ability to create live streams and transcoders that run seamlessly once you convert to a paid subscription. For more information about trial features and limitations, see Wowza Streaming Cloud free trial.

October 17, 2018

October 1, 2018

September 5, 2018

August 7, 2018

May 3, 2018

  • Added a new property for HLS stream target workflows called redundant chunklists. You can enable the redundant chunklists property for a custom or Wowza CDN HLS stream target to create and send redundant chunklists within a playlist. This increases playback reliability for players that support redundancy. See Add and manage stream targets in Wowza Streaming Cloud to learn more.

March 20, 2018

  • Deprecated the video_fallback parameter. Video fallback can no longer be enabled. Transcoders that used it may continue to do so, but if you disable it, you can’t re-enable it.

March 8, 2018

  • Added support for controlling the size of HLS playlists by specifying the length of a playlist for an Apple HLS stream. You can use the playlist seconds property in conjunction with the chunk size property to control the size of chunklists in your stream. To learn more, see the user guide topic Add and manage stream targets in Wowza Streaming Cloud.

February 26, 2018

  • Extended the allowable length of stream names of custom stream targets: The protocol, host name, and path components of the stream name URL can be up to 255 characters, and the query strings and parameter components of the stream name URL can be up to 1024 characters.

Wowza Streaming Cloud 2017 updates

December 20, 2017

  • Changed setup of geo-blocking and token authorization: When configuring, editing, or disabling geo-blocking and when enabling or disabling token authorization, you must contact Support after specifying your changes in order for the changes to take effect. 
  • Updated the Recordings and Schedules index pages to sport the same design as the index pages for live streams, transcoders, and other resources: You can see the five most recent recordings or schedules on the left side of the page and search for any recording or schedule in the center of the page. The tabular format helps pages with long lists of items to load more quickly.

October 18, 2017

  • Updated the Live Streams, Transcoders, Stream Sources, and Stream Targets pages to always show the five most recent items on the left; all other items can be viewed by searching by name or ID. The change should make pages with long lists of items load more quickly.

July 18, 2017

  • Changed the default that's selected when you add a stream target. Now when you choose Add Target, Wowza CDN - HLS is selected by default. This is consistent with the target type that's specified by default in the live stream wizard. For more information on creating HLS and other types of stream targets, see the user guide topic Add and manage stream targets in Wowza Streaming Cloud. With five kinds of stream targets that each offer different capabilities, it can be hard to remember which ones do what: To see which targets support which features, visit (and bookmark) our cheat sheet, Wowza Streaming Cloud stream target features and properties.

July 11, 2017

  • Added the Stream Health Monitor, previously just available in the REST API, to the Wowza Streaming Cloud UI. Select any live stream or transcoder, and you'll see a new Health tab, where you can view a real-time graphical representation of the stream's inbound and outbound bitrates, CPU usage, frame rate, and keyframe interval. You can also view metrics for streams that ran in the past. For details, see the technical article How to view stream health metrics or the user guide topic Monitor stream health in Wowza Streaming Cloud.

June 19, 2017

  • Updated the look for snapshots and statistics. Click to the Overview tab of any live stream or transcoder detail page and right away you'll notice the new Video Thumbnail and Statistics panels. The new panels display the same information as the old Video Snapshot, but with a fresh new look.

April 5, 2017

  • Converted all live streams that used the Flash-based Original Player to the Original HTML5 player.

January 17, 2017

  • Removed the Flash-based Original player. You can now only select the Original HTML5 player or Wowza Player when you create a live stream. Existing streams that use the Original player will continue to do so, but if you edit the player settings you'll have to switch to one of the two supported players. For more about the players, see Wowza Streaming Cloud player browser support.
  • Added security options to HLS stream target workflows. You can now choose to send streams securely from the Wowza Streaming Cloud transcoder to the target, and you can also control whether viewers play those streams over SSL through the relative playlists property. Secure ingest can be selected when you create a Wowza CDN HLS stream target; relative playlists (and HLS segment duration) can be specified on the new Properties tab on any HLS stream target detail page, whether it's a custom or Wowza CDN HLS target.

January 5, 2017

Wowza Streaming Cloud 2016 updates

October 13, 2016

  • Updated the players in the live stream wizard. Instead of the Classic Player, choose Original player for Flash-based playback with Apple HLS on supported devices or Original HTML5 player with Flash fallback on older browsers. Or choose or Wowza Player Preview, our own embeddable HTML5 player for Apple HLS streaming.
  • Updated low-latency streams to use modified transcoder buffer settings as well as send smaller video packets from an Apple HLS stream target to the player.
  • Added support for changing a broadcast location for a live stream or a transcoder by editing the transcoder setup.
  • Added support for a title and a description to appear with a stream on Facebook with Facebook Live targets.

September 9, 2016

  • Introduced the Wowza Player, now available in preview release. Wowza Player is an embeddable HTML5 player for Apple HLS streaming from Wowza Streaming Cloud. Just choose Wowza Player (preview) when you create a live stream.
  • Added a new broadcast location in India. The location supports pay-as-you-go billing, adaptive bitrate transcoding, and 4K streaming. To use it, choose Asia Pacific (India) in the live stream wizard.
  • Added support for cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) for grid delivery of Apple HLS stream targets. CORS-enabled streams can be sent to providers that implement a decentralized, peer-to-peer transport layer to manage and optimize globally distributed, high-capacity streaming.

July 21, 2016

  • Added support for continuous live streams to Facebook Live stream targets, which means you can broadcast live streams longer than 90 minutes. For instructions, see How to stream to Facebook Live from Wowza Streaming Cloud.
  • Added support for provisioning HLS push targets for your live streams and transcoders.
  • Added support for starting and stopping stream targets independently of a transcoder.

June 14, 2016

  • Added support for Facebook Live stream targets, which allow you to deliver live streams for playback over Facebook Live. For instructions, see How to stream to Facebook Live from Wowza Streaming Cloud.
  • Added support for 4K streaming. Just choose 3840x2160 for your live stream's aspect ratio and you're off and running. You can also reduce high frame rates, such as reducing 60-fps source video to 30-fps output renditions, and see GPU encoding and decoding stats when your 4K stream is live. For more information, see How to stream in 4K.
  • Added support for token authorization for provisioned stream targets. Protect stream targets from unauthorized access or player hijacking attempts by using token authorization. For more information, see How to protect a provisioned stream target with token authorization.

May 19, 2016

May 12, 2016

  • Reenabled geo-blocking: Geo-blocking lets you choose the countries and regions where provisioned stream targets can be accessed, effectively allowing you to control where your stream can be watched. To learn how to use geo-blocking, see the Support article How to control where your stream can be viewed.

April 18, 2016

  • Added the ability to easily connect H.264 stream sources from Osprey and vMix. Use a convenient six-digital Connection Code to connect an Osprey Talon hardware encoder, Osprey Ceylon encoding software with an Osprey digital or analog PCIe capture card, or vMix or vMix Go live production software.

April 6, 2016

  • Added data about stream health to the Video Snapshot and Monitor Statistics panels. Now you can see the frame rate and keyframe interval of the stream received by Wowza Streaming Cloud, and warnings tell you if there might be problems between your video source, the transcoder, and stream delivery.

March 3, 2016

  • Simplified sharing live streams on a Facebook page. Just copy the stream’s Hosted Page URL to your Facebook Timeline. For more information, see the Support article How to post a live stream to a Facebook page.
  • Improved how we deliver viewer data from the cloud. When you search for large amounts of viewer data, in particular, you should experience better performance.

March 1, 2016

  • Temporarily disabled the stream targets geo-blocking feature.

February 2, 2016

Wowza Streaming Cloud 2015 updates

December 21, 2015

  • Added the ability to include closed captions in your live streams. Wowza Streaming Cloud now supports CEA-608 closed captions (in digital format) and Action Message Format (AMF) onTextData closed captions that are embedded in your source stream, so closed captions can be made available for playback in Apple HLS and Adobe HDS streams. Select the caption format on the Video Source and Transcoder page of the live stream creation wizard.
  • Added a new set of advanced properties for troubleshooting RTSP/RTP playback. The new Protocol tab on the transcoder detail page provides a number of advanced properties that you can use to address audio/video synchronization, improve decoding, and validate connections.
  • Added support for Akamai HLS Push with custom stream targets, allowing you to send live streams to Akamai for delivery to HLS clients.

December 10, 2015

  • Updated support for recording streams to be able to record in all locations. You can now record pay-as-you-go streams from Asia Pacific (Taiwan), EU (Belgium), or US Central (Iowa). For more information, see the Support article How to record live streams.

November 17, 2015

  • Improved scheduling live streams so it is more flexible. Now you can configure one schedule to start and stop a live stream or transcoder, and you can create schedules that repeat on multiple days of the week. See How to run live streams automatically with schedules for instructions on creating schedules.
  • Added the display of total unique viewers who watched a broadcast in more places. Total unique viewers for the last 30 days appears on the Home page, to the left, and on the Live Streams page. The Video Snapshot for each live stream or transcoder now also displays Total Unique Viewers.

November 5, 2015

  • Added support for creating passthrough live streams in addition to passthrough transcoders. When you create a live stream, choose Passthrough as your live stream type to send the stream directly to the player or other target without being transcoded.
  • Added the ability to include an embedded watermark in transcoded streams to help you protect copyrighted content. For instructions, see How to embed a watermark in a transcoded stream.
  • Added a responsive design to the Wowza Streaming Cloud player. A responsive player resizes to accommodate the browser window size and device on which it’s being viewed, maximizing the playback experience. When you create a player, choose Responsive for the Player Width.

October 19, 2015

  • Added support for creating schedules to start and stop live streams and transcoders on a weekly basis. When you create the schedule, just choose Repeat weekly, select the day of the week to repeat on, and you’re all set. For more information, see How to run live streams automatically with schedules.

October 6, 2015

  • Added support for 24x7 streams: Create live streams and transcoders that use the new 24x7 subscription offering. For more information, see the Wowza Streaming Cloud pricing page.
  • Added support for viewer data: See how many people watched your Adobe HDS and Apple HLS streams, where they watched, and which renditions they watched in the new Viewer Data tab of a stream, transcoder, or stream target Usage page. (Available for streams from October 5, 2015 and later.)
  • Added the ability to receive transcoded video from Wowza Streaming Engine: Receive transcoded live streams from Wowza Streaming Engine 4.3 and send them directly to a stream target for delivery to viewers.
  • Added support for LiveU and XSplit encoders: You can easily connect to LiveU and XSplit encoders by choosing LiveU or XSplit as your video source when you create a live stream, and then use the six-digit connection code with the partner encoder to send a stream from it to Wowza Streaming Cloud. For more information, see How to connect a LiveU Solo encoder to Wowza Streaming Cloud and How to connect XSplit Broadcaster to Wowza Streaming Cloud.
  • Added support for passthrough transcoders: Create custom transcoders that send streamed content directly to stream targets using the new passthrough pricing model. For more information, see the Wowza Streaming Cloud passthrough pricing page. Learn how to create custom transcoders with this Support article, How to create a custom transcoder with many outputs and targets.

September 14, 2015

  • Added the ability to easily connect to LiveU, VidiU, and XSplit encoders. Just choose LiveU, Teredek, or XSplit as your video source when you create a live stream, and then use the six-digit connection code with the partner encoder to send a stream to Wowza Streaming Cloud.

August 28, 2015

  • Introduced the Wowza System Status page: Visit and bookmark the Wowza System Status page to see the health of the Wowza Streaming Cloud service as well as the status of the Wowza website, account portal, online store, and support forums. Upcoming scheduled maintenance is also listed.

August 24, 2015

  • Added the ability to select JVC digital camcorders as your video source when you create a live stream. Wowza Streaming Cloud now easily connects with five JVC ProHD professional digital camcorders. See How to connect a JVC ProHD camcorder to Wowza Streaming Cloud for instructions on how to use a JVC camera as your video source.

July 16, 2015

  • Added the ability to choose to send source video over RTMP to a stream source—a CDN endpoint close to your encoder—when setting up your video source in Wowza Streaming Cloud. Routing the incoming live stream through a stream source offers reduced latency between the source and the transcoder, which is helpful if you have trouble connecting directly to Wowza Streaming Cloud. A stream source also lets you send your stream to a backup server.
  • Added the ability to choose to create the stream source at a location close to your source encoder when you add a custom stream source in the advanced workflow. Creating a stream source based on your source encoder's IP address provides an alternative to sending the live stream directly to a Wowza Streaming Cloud regional transcoding center and can serve as a backup source stream for your transcoder.
  • Added the ability to choose a third-party CDN as a custom stream target. Wowza Streaming Cloud can target Akamai HD, Limelight, and Ustream, or you can create a custom stream target using any generic RTMP address. Specifying the provider ensures that Wowza Streaming Cloud delivers the stream according to the CDN's requirements.

June 24, 2015

  • Added support for scheduling streams to start or stop automatically. For example, create a schedule to stop a live stream that you know ends at a specific time, so you don't accidentally leave it running. Click Advanced in the menu bar and choose Schedules to start using them. Learn how to schedule streams in this article: How to run live streams automatically using schedules.
  • Added support for recording your streams—just select "Yes, record this live stream" when you set it up. Recordings can be downloaded and saved locally for later playback. Stay apprised of storage costs by checking your peak recording storage in the Current Usage panel at any time. Learn how to record streams in this article: How to record live streams.

May 19, 2015

  • Added the ability to view usage by choosing the category since last bill.
  • Added support for adding and editing video source name extensions, such as adding ".sdp" for streams coming from QuickTime Broadcaster, in Advanced mode.
  • Removed the Live Event Over option, which didn't work correctly and was confusing, from the Playback tab of the live stream detail page.
  • Renamed charts and metrics related to delivery analytics to accurately reflect the data shown. In particular, the Video Snapshot panel now shows Hosted Page Views, not Unique Users.

May 11, 2015

  • Renamed the Broadcast Locations for consistency. All US locations are now US [region]/[state] and all international locations are [Continent or region]/[country].

April 13, 2015

  • Added support for more Works with Wowza partners with the ability to select the Matrox Monarch HD encoder, the Sony SRG-300SE IP camera, or an Axis network IP camera as your video source when you create a live stream. Learn how to connect an Axis or Sony IP camera to Wowza Streaming Cloud in these two tutorials: How to connect an Axis network camera to Wowza Streaming Cloud and How to connect the Sony SRG-300SE to Wowza Streaming Cloud.
  • Added a connection code that simplifies connecting to the Wowza GoCoder mobile encoding app and to Epiphan Pearl encoders. The connection code requires Wowza GoCoder 1.5 or the Epiphan Pearl firmware being released the week of April 13, 2015.

March 27, 2015

  • Updated the Home and Help pages. To your right, notice the new graphs that show traffic to your players, and network usage and stream processing for the last 30 days. Click Help in the menu bar to see a newly designed Help page with links to useful help and support content.

March 4, 2015