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Red5 Hosting - Premium R Hosting Plans
  • Red5 Hosting Unlimited RTMP Connections
  • Managed RTMP
  • CPanel Web Hosting
  • FFMPEG Video Sharing
  • Dedicated IP

Red5 media server hosting is and affordable alternative to expensive streaming servers.

Find on this page: plan features, plans, dedicated servers .

To quickly compare bandwidth, space and price see video hosting for business comparison tables.

These plans are recommended for these VideoWhisper applications if advanced features like archiving / mobile delivery are NOT required: Live Streaming, Video Conference, 2 Way Video Chat, Video Consultation, Video Messenger. For advanced features see the Wowza Streaming Engine RTMP hosting plans.

Premium R hosting plans include both web hosting (with PHP, MySQL, CPanel) and RTMP server configured for plain live video streaming.

Unlimited RTMP
Connections, Bitrate
hosting on Red5 streaming can use as much bandwidth as available per plan and there are no software limitations for the number of simultaneous connections or bitrate
CPanel Web Hosting Most popular web hosting management control panel to manage http, mysql, email, ftp. All plans allow unlimited subdomains and mysql, email, ftp accounts.
1 Dedicated IP Allows SSL for https and prevents abuse issues due to other sites like on shared IPs. Also web and rtmp can be accessed without pointing a domain.
Security Dedicated IP allows unique account identity settings and setting up a SSL certificate for HTTPS (from CPanel). Servers include advanced firewall settings (CSF & LFD), ClamAV antivirus, ModSecurity.
1 Free Installation For our scripts including popular CMS like Joomla/Wordpress/Drupal (with the automated cms installers provided), on request.
Free Transfer Free transfer of existing site from another web provider (if access is provided) can be done by our technicians on request. Usually automated with previous CPanel credentials.
Installation of the Red5 applications managed Red5 hosting - turnkey rtmp address provided
High Speed Networks streaming oriented infrastructure on 1000Mbps servers in high speed data center networks with multiple backbone connections totalling thousands of Gbps bandwidth capacity
Automated Popular Script Installations Softaculous
- automated installation for a wide range of scripts including Joomla, Wordpress, Drupal, Elgg, Dolphin, various classifieds/support desk/gallery/forum/shopping cart scripts
Video Sharing Support

FFMPEG (from svn) conversions, mplayer, mencoder, flvtool2, yamdi; including codecs: x264, speex, nellymoser, theora, mp3lame, vorbis, ogg, faac, faad2, xvid & other codecs/tools on request; for more functionality including live video archiving and HLS/MPEG-DASH live deliver, see our Wowza plans

Document Conversion Tools tools to convert PDF, PPT, DOC, XLS to images for web based display: Apache_OpenOffice, unoconv, ImageMagick

Included bandwidth can be used for rtmp hosting or web hosting or both. Plans can be used for rtmp only without pointing a domain (with the dedicated ip).


Premium Red5 Plans
      Premium R   Premium R/W Plus **
  Premium R Hosting Plans
  Premium R1
Premium R3
Premium R4
  Premium R5
Premium R6
Premium R7
  Storage Space (Mb)   35 000 75 000 100 000   500 000 1000 000 1 500 000  
  Bandwidth (Gb/Month)   2 500 4 000 6 000   40 000 60 000 80 000  
Streams, Bitrate
(within allocated resources)
  Max. Connection Speed   1000 Mbps*
(from high quality network data centers in North America)
  Sustained Connection (Mbps)   7 12 18   123 185 246  
  Monthly Price (USD)   $50 $75 $100   $300 $400 $500  
  Monthly Subscription   Order Order Order   Order Order Order  
For advanced features like archiving, mobile delivery, restreaming or playlists see Wowza SE based hosting plans.
  • Hosting plans don't include VideoWhisper software license - this must be ordered separately to run software in full mode.
  • Please allow a couple of working days for setup because setup is human based and involves multiple steps for setting up managed rtmp hosting services.
  • Subscriptions are billed automatically until cancelled. Subscriptions can be cancelled anytime from the billing processor. If you want to terminate your plan make sure you cancel subscription before billing date because already allocated server resources will not be refunded.
  • Red5 plans are recommended for web based live streaming and video chat.
  • Red5 plans are NOT suitable for:
    • Recording or Archiving
    • Distribution other devices like: iOS, Android, IPTV
    For such usage see Wowza Media Server hosting plans.
* 1000Mbps Mode
All plans are on servers with 1000Mbps connection. Most providers use 100Mbps servers but we found these not suitable for live video streaming requirements and hosting many simultaneous users, so all our servers have 10x higher connection.
** Wowza Streaming Engine Mode
Premium R Plus plans - R5 Events, R6 Station, R7 Mogul can be used with Wowza Streaming Engine and/or Red5 as preferred.
Wowza Streaming Engine is advertised to support quality recordings, production mode performance and reliability on sites with intense streaming.
Premium R plans (R1, R3, R4) can also be setup with Wowza but only with plain videochat configuration (no archiving or mobile delivery) - for full functionality switch to Wowza plans.
On request, RTMP application can be installed on Red5 or Wowza as chosen.
A Wowza Streaming Engine license is used on the server to run it in full mode - no additional fees apply. For production sites also see Wowza Streaming Engine hosting plans.
Red5 vs Wowza : What to choose?
  • Red5 Media Server hosting:
    • For most affordable streaming bandwidth required for community, free site services.
    • For web based live streaming and video chat.
    • Not recommended for recording or distribution to other types of devices.
  • Wowza Media Server hosting:
    • For production sites where performance and stability is more important than price.
    • For sites that demand advanced features including recording, archiving, transcoding and publishing to mobiles.
    • All our Wowza plans are on 1000Mbps connected servers.

Setup Information

After ordering any of these plans send us the domain name you plan to use with it. You can point your domain's name servers to the ones we'll provide or you can access it using the dedicated ip (without hosting a domain).
Because these plans are managed, each account setup is done manually by our staff and it can take a couple of days to be ready. Activity is reduced on weekends so setups for orders placed during or right before weekend are usually done on Monday. Delays also occur for other non working days.

What's the difference between 100Mbps and 1000Mbps connections?

While both 100Mbps and 1000Mbps can theoretically accept unlimited number of connections, server bandwidth possibilities limit the video streams that can be served depending on bandwidth required per stream. The hosting limits are for the total streaming bandwidth not for the number of connections.

Regular dedicated servers have 10Mbps or 100Mbps connections. At 50kb/s per stream (50kb/s=400kbps as 1 byte = 8bits), a dedicated 10Mbps connection can serve maximum 25 video streams, 100Mbps hundreds and 1000Mbps thousands. We recommend 1000Mbps plans for high traffic sites or sites that plan to host events with many simultaneous users.

Total bandwidth required depends on software streaming settings, number of simultaneous users and usage logic. For a 2 way video chat each user will upload a stream and download a stream, meaning 4 streams are used for 2 users. For a video conference where each users watches other 3 users that user will upload 1 video and download 3 so a total of 4 streams per user will be consumed. For live streaming or consultation where 1 broadcasts and everybody else watches about 1 stream per user will be required (for watching).

Most applications require multiple streams per user depending on communication logic. For good performance a 1000Mbps plan is required to host any site that estimates to have over 30 simultaneous users streaming online.

In terms of bandwidth and streaming performance Premium 1234 plans are equivalents of VPS and Premium 567 plans are over Dedicated Server (in fact these plans are equivalents of multiple normal dedicated servers). Compared to VPS and DS these plans are managed and don't require an administrator for setup and maintenance.


Server Location and Network

All servers are located physically in North America and have high speed gigabit connection. If you're interested in hosting in other locations (Europe) closer to your clients see our Red5 VPS RTMP plans.

Managed Red5

Red5 application installation is a serviced managed by our team.
If you're not using one of our application and need to install your own, our hosting team will also require Java source code for the Red5 server side rtmp application. This is required for review due to security policy.

There is a limit for number of applications our team can manage for each plan. Maximum applications means the maximum number of red5 applications our staff can install and manage for each plan (each application has a different rtmp address). All videowhisper software packages can share 1 Red5 videowhisper application, meaning you can run video conference, live streaming, 2 way video chat, video consultation with just 1 application. The maximum applications number is plan number + 1.

Spike Protection

VideoWhisper staff monitors total traffic for each account (standard cpanel traffic + rtmp traffic) and suggests upgrade options if more resources are needed.

There is a limit for spikes in bandwidth usage: no more than 10% of total monthly bandwidth can be used in a single day or 5% per day in 3 days or more. This prevents slowdown of service due to traffic spikes.
That means on a 1000Gb plan (for about 33Gb/day average use): if usage exceeds 100Gb in a singled day or 50Gb in 3 different days account should be moved to a more powerful plan. Compared to estimated daily use that's no more than 300% in a day or 150% in 3 different days.

Customers that expect spikes should get appropriate plans (get hosted on servers that can handle that without performance loss).

This keeps all accounts at good performance levels.

Dedicated Solutions

If you have your own virtual private server or dedicated server and lack the time and experience to install Red5, our server install team can provide Red5 Installation which includes installation of latest JDK and stable Red5 version.
For high traffic sites with hundreds of simultaneous users online we recommend dedicated Red5 servers.

Dedicated Servers with Managed Red5

As an advanced solution for high traffic sites we can provide managed Red5 hosting (optionally managed Wowza Media Server) on one or multiple dedicated servers.

We recommended these for high volume sites using VideoWhisper standard or custom applications with advanced load balancing on multiple servers.

Each server includes 4 Dedicated IPs, WHM + cPanel and latest Red5 and Java available. Our staff setups your rtmp applications and restarts the red5 server as needed so you don't need to pay an administrator for the linux servers.

Dedicated Red5 Servers Dedicated C1 Dedicated C2 Dedicated S1 Dedicated S1m Dedicated S2  
Recommended for rich media site big video content streaming oriented streaming extra vod oriented  
(max. simultaneous video conversions)
(8 threads)
(8 threads)
(8 threads)

(8 threads)

2x E5-2620v3
(24 threads)
Memory 32 GB 32 GB 16 GB 32 GB 32 GB  
Storage (HDD/SSD) 2 x 2000GB HDD
SoftRaid 1/0
2 x 4000GB HDD
SoftRaid 1/0
2 x 1000GB HDD 4 x 1000GB HDD 4 x 2000GB HDD  
(main usage)
(for plain use)
100 000 GB (100TB)*
(for any use including streaming, vod, file sharing)
Dedicated Connection Port 1000* Mbps 1000 Mbps  
Available Datacenter Zones North America, Europe
NA Country (Copyright Policy) CA (no DMCA) United States (DMCA)  
Managed Linux + RTMP
(administration included, $80/mo)
(WHM license included, $45/mo)
3 Extra IPs ($6/mo)  
Price per allocated Gb ~0.01$/Gb**  
Order monthly
(recurring subscription)

Order 6/12 month
(recurring subscription)
ask for a longer term deal
(volume discounts: 6% for 6 months, 10% for 12 months)

Dedicated Wowza (license included) RTMP streaming servers are also available starting from $350/month .
For more options Compare RTMP Managed Dedicated Servers.

  • Contact us to ask for plan order links are not available or you need custom hardware . In example 1000GB HDD can be exchanged with 200GB SSD if you prefer speed to space or bigger disks can be added if you need more space.

  • * Unlimited C server bandwidth is for standard site usage (hosting a regular site that also includes bandwidth intensive functionality like streaming, vod or file sharing but does not focus on it).
    Servers have 1000 Mbps dedicated connection (maximum speed available for bursts) but average use should be around 500 Mbps. Canada servers are with a different data center that mainly targets regular site hosting. If datacenter determines that server connection is used mostly for streaming, video sharing or file sharing, connection may be limited until upgrading to a different bandwidth option. Site will need to be transferred to a server with dedicated 1000Mbps connection (like S1), that's more cost efficient in this situation .
  • * 100Tb bandwidth on dedicated 1000Mbps port for S servers, can be used each month (input and output) as needed, without restrictions. Usually 100Tb is not reached due to other hardware limitations or usage distribution in external networks. 100Tb/month is equivalent for using server's connection at around 30% capacity (within good performance parameters).
    100Tb/month means ~ 3 333Gb/day or ~ 139Gb/hour or ~ 38.5 Mb/second which is ~308 Mbps.
  • If you calculate cost per Gb for this streaming server, it starts from ~0.01$/Gb which is at least 10 times less compared to most rtmp streaming providers (including Cloud) where 1 Gb is at least ~0.1$ . So even if you're using 20% of allocated bandwidth per month for your solution, it's 2 times cheaper than most cloud streaming providers.
  • Simultaneous user capacity is better compared to VPS and clould provider instances that usually share a connection (similar to VPS, multiple cloud instances share a 100 Mbps or 1000 Mbps conection).
  • Getting a more powerful server can allow using more of the allocated bandwidth, expecially on demanding sites where serving may be limited by required processing power. So getting a faster server can lower actual price per Gb.

  • IPs: We provide all dedicated servers with 4 IPs: 1 for host and first nameserver, 1 for secondary nameserver, 1 for website, 1 spare (in case main site IP gets blacklisted). More can be added for extra $3/month.

  • Delivery Time: Contracting formalities, setup takes some time and need to be scheduled with the data center. Installing streaming and conversion software also takes some time. It can take about a week after order processing to get everything up and running.

  • Trial - How to evaluate performance: Our demos and shared plans are hosted on similar servers, so you can evaluate these before ordering a dedicated server. For servers in specific locations contact us and we'll provide testing links if such server is available.

  • WHM/SSH access can be provided on request. Is not needed as our staff manages rtmp side. We don't recommend providing such access to 3rd party developers, administrators as that can result in stability or security issues at system level, which can usually be fixed be completely formatting and reinstalling server (which involves downtime and loss of data). By requesting root access client takes full responsibility for stability and security of service and agrees to OS reinstallation (reset) if server is compromised.

  • Subscriptions are billed automatically until cancelled (same plan is renewed at end of billing interval). Subscriptions can be cancelled anytime from the billing processor. If you want to terminate your plan make sure you cancel subscription before billing date because already allocated server resources are not returnable due to their nature.

  • Location: For S type servers (S1, S1m, S2), default data centers location is Salt Lake City, Tier 3 data centers that are SAS70 Type II and SSAE16 certified. For same price server can be provided in New York (US, East Coast) or London (UK, EU), Amsterdam (Netherlands).
    Optionally, for $50/month extra, server can be located in another location of choice: Dallas, Washington DC, Seattle, San Jose, Montreal, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan. Servers are also available in more exotic locations like Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, Sao Paolo but servers allow only 20Tb* transfer per month (instead of 100Tb as rest of servers).
    Location for C type servers (C1) is Canada (North America, East Coast) and for same price server can be provided in France (Europe).


  • Wowza license can be added for additional $65/month (rental of a Wowza license).
    If you need root access you will need to order and use your own Wowza Streaming Engine subscription and license key.
  • Softaculous can be installed for $24/year to allow easy web installation for popular free turnkey scripts.
  • Additional IPs can be added for $2/IP/month up to a maximum of 64 IPs per server.

Contact us for details on ordering these plans. We can also provide advice and offers for higher requirements.
Note: These hosting services do not include free software license; these must be ordered separately.

What is Red5?

Red5 is an open source flash rtmp server with a large community of users behind it. Red5 is written in Java and supports Java rtmp applications. Many developers support Red5 for their video streaming and other live interactive flash applications.
Red5 is a free alternative to expensive streaming servers like Macromedia Flash Communication Server MX, Adobe Flash Media Server, Adobe Flash Media Interactive Server, Wowza Media Server Pro, Wowza Media Server.


What is RTMP?

Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) is a proprietary protocol developed by Adobe Systems for streaming audio, video and data over the Internet, between a Flash player and a server.
The raw TCP-based RTMP maintains a single persistent connection and allows real-time communication. To guarantee smooth delivery of video and audio streams, while still maintaining the ability to transmit bigger chunks of information, the protocol may split video and data into fragments.

The RTMP defines several channels on which packets may be sent/received, and which operate independently of each other. For example, there is a channel dedicated for handling RPC requests and responses, a channel for video stream data, a channel for audio stream data, a channel for out-of-band control messages (fragment size negotiation, etc.), and so on. During a typical RTMP session, several channels may be active simultaneously at any given time.


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