Wowza Streaming Engine Features

Any Media to Any Device, Anywhere

Multi-Protocol, Multi-Client Delivery

Save time and money by using a single live stream to simultaneously deliver live video and audio streams to any player, any device, over any protocol.

Live Streaming from Any Encoder

Use the best encoding solution for your needs, from free software-based RTMP encoders to broadcast-grade MPEG-TS hardware.

Live Streaming from IP Cameras

Broadcast directly from H.264 IP cameras to connected devices, record live streams for instant DVR or later on-demand playback.

Support for the Latest Standards

Deliver streams using popular formats like Apple HLS as well as emerging formats as they come on the market, including MPEG-DASH.

On-the-Fly Transcoding

Transcoding means re-encoding one video/audio file format into another and converting one bitrate/resolution into another for compatibility across all devices and bandwidths. Transcoding with Wowza™ technology lets you refine your live encoding and streaming workflow:


  • Use multiple bitrates to reach devices with lower processing power & bandwidth.
  • Avoid up-front costs with unlimited transcoding and pay-as-you-go pricing.
  • Convert between formats to deliver appropriate streams to each device.


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Flexibility and Control

Live, Linear, and On-Demand Streaming

Create live, linear, or on-demand streaming applications such as live events, news, surveillance, training, and on-demand videos.

PTZ Camera Controls

Control the pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) functionality of certain Sony and Axis IP (network) cameras.

Robust REST and Java APIs

Configure, manage and monitor custom integrations and implement custom modules.

Multiple-Language Support

Reach global audiences with video streams that allow viewers to select the audio or captioning from multiple languages.

Live and VOD Caption Conversion

Deliver live and on-demand videos with captions that support multiple scenarios and comply with FCC regulations.
Multiple Deployment Options

Multiple Deployment Options

Choose from a variety of deployment options to find what's best for your organization. Retain control of video and audio content whether it's hosted on your dedicated on-premises servers, on cloud-managed instances, or in world-class third-party data centers.


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Live Stream Recording and Archiving

Live Stream Recording and Archiving

Record a live stream to a file available for later on-demand playback. Record an entire live webcast into a single file, segment it into multiple files for chapter replay, or start and stop recording at predetermined points for partial archiving.


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Engaging Viewer Experiences

Live Adaptive Bitrate Streaming

Provide the best possible quality for each viewer by adjusting video stream delivery in real time according to viewers’ varying CPU and bandwidth using adaptive bitrate streaming.

Surround-Sound Audio

Create the ultimate immersive experience with surround-sound audio.

Pause, Replay, Fast-Forward, & More

Create a premium viewing experience by leveraging capabilities such as pause, play, instant replay, rewind, and fast-forward, using Wowza nDVR.

High Performance and Scalability

Dynamic Content Retrieval

Scale on-demand streaming by dynamically retrieving content from a web server or network file system.

Origin Serving

Scale live and on-demand streaming across large regions and audiences by using Wowza Streaming Engine as an origin server for CDNs and more.

Connection Management

Automatically disconnect idle clients to clear inactive connections.

Live Stream Distribution

Use Stream Targets to scale and add redundancy to your live streaming workflow. Send an incoming live source stream to the Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service, third-party CDNs, YouTube, etc.

Dynamic Load Balancing

Maximize performance by dynamically balancing connection loads among multiple Wowza Streaming Engine instances.

Multicast and Unicast Streaming

Make effective use of enterprise networks with unicast streaming across a multi-server public or private network, or multicast streaming across large, colocated groups of viewers on private networks.

What's New in Version 4.3

Wowza Streaming Engine REST API 1.0

Use the REST API to configure, manage, and monitor the media server through HTTP requests.

Affordable CDN Delivery with Wowza Streaming Cloud

Select Wowza Streaming Cloud as a stream target in Wowza Streaming Engine Manager to allow seamless CDN distribution for your live streams.

HEVC/H.265 Video over Apple HLS (Preview)

Get playback support for the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC; also called H.265) format over Apple HLS.

Live-to-VOD Clip Extraction APIs

Extract clips—based on a start time and duration that you specify—from single-bitrate DVR streams and DVR streams in an adaptive bitrate streaming group in the Wowza nDVR store.

Multiple Levels of Content Security

All-Around Protection

All-Around Protection

Have confidence that your streams, networks, and audio and video assets are secure.

  • AES-128, studio-approved DRM
  • Link protection
  • StreamLock™ SSL certification for RTMPS and HTTPS streams
  • Authenticated connections

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Studio-Approved Digital Rights Management

Studio-Approved Digital Rights Management

Meet studio security requirements with integrated third-party DRM key-management services.

  • BuyDRM™ KeyOS™ for Microsoft PlayReady protection for MPEG-DASH (using Common Encryption), Apple HLS, and Smooth Streaming
  • EZDRM for Microsoft PlayReady protection for Smooth Streaming
  • Verimatrix for VCAS and Microsoft PlayReady protection for HLS and Smooth Streaming

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