I have to create a web TV to provide live and on-demand video and I'd like to know if someone out there can share some thoughts and/or give me some advice on this.
I coming from the "Windows Media Services" world so Wowza is kind of new to me.
The first thing I need to know is if I can accomplish this with Wowza. Here are some of the specs:
1- Simulate a live TV through files hosted on the server through a "server side playList".
2- Allow changes to this "server side playlist" on the fly.
3- Switch back and forth between "server side playlist" and a live feed without interrupt the broadcast.
4- Streaming must be compatible with HTML5 players, iOS and Android devices.
I performed some tests with IIS Smooth Streaming and one thing I loved about it is how it responds to different bandwidths and the use of adaptive streaming, which raises some questions:
A- Can i achieve something similar with Wowza (adaptive streaming)? Or... can I upload a high quality video produced from flash media encoder and re-encode it on the server?
B- If using adaptive streaming, will it be compatible with iOS and Android devices?
C- For the live feed, can it be done with a free encoder such as flash media encoder? Is it possible to get adaptive streaming on the live feed as well?
I know it's a lot of questions but the idea is to start on the right track. I really appreciate any help.
Thanks in advance.