Wowza enhances Media Server software

Wowza plans to unveil the newest enhancements to its media server software. Wowza Media Server software’s added functionality offers greater scalability, deeper viewer engagement, and more content protection options, with specific enhancements including closed captioning, multicast for Microsoft Silverlight, and dynamic overlays.

Wowza intends to enable its customers to future-proof their streaming media infrastructures, enhance the end-user viewing experience, increase viewer engagement, and compete in a crowded and evolving market. In addition, Wowza offers a rich suite of free and premium AddOns, and a variety of licensing options: daily, monthly, or perpetual. Wowza customers will have multiple tools to streamline their any-screen media workflows as part of prebuilt, preconfigured, and ready-to-consume services that dynamically scale to meet their needs.

“We’re happy to announce exciting innovations to Wowza Media Server software that address customer needs, making it easier and more affordable for our clients to provide a rich user experience, whether they are streaming catch-up TV services or live audio,” said Dave Stubenvoll, Wowza Media Systems CEO and cofounder. “At IBC2012, we will demonstrate our continued leadership in the media server market with new ways to secure content, VOD transcoding, multicast for Microsoft Silverlight, dynamic overlays, HTTP origin for caching networks, and more in Wowza Media Server. These improvements provide deeper viewer engagement, greater opportunity for monetization, streamlined workflows, and increased scalability — all aimed at future-proofing our customers’ IP video delivery strategies.”

The company will demo the latest version of Wowza Media Server software, which includes refinements to the Network DVR (nDVR) AddOn, an audio-only option for the Wowza Transcoder AddOn, dynamic overlays, additional content protection options, multicast, and more. The software offers any-screen coverage including Adobe Flash and Microsoft Silverlight-capable computers, tablets, phones, set-top boxes, media players, and game consoles; Apple iPhone/iPad and other HLS-capable devices such as Apple TV with AirPlay; Android devices; Roku media players; and Internet-connected TVs; and more. With Wowza AddOns, the media server becomes a streaming media infrastructure intending to help users drive revenue-generating services and simplify workflows.

Capabilities of the latest Wowza Media Server include any screen delivery with standard Wowza Media Serve, live or video-on-demand content simultaneously delivered to supported client
s; and integrated live adaptive bitrate (ABR) transcoding enabled by Wowza Transcoder AddOn.

The server also features time-shifted delivery of live streams with Wowza nDVR AddOn
, audio-only option for Wowza Transcoder AddOn
; dynamic overlays
; support for multiple studio-approved DRM platforms
; and unconstrained per-server capacity with no CPU core limitations

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