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Wowza Media Server Hosting

Wowza Streaming Engine / Media Server RTMP Hosting
Wowza Media Server Hosting NEW: WebRTC Host plans include capabilities described on this page and resources, optimizations for HTML5 streaming.

WebRtcHost: Complete Hosting

These turnkey managed plans provide RTMP and web hosting features, configuration and tools to meet VideoWhisper software requirements for using all solution features.
That includes videochat, live streaming, recording, archiving, transcoding live streams, converting videos and documents, mobile delivery.

Wowza Streaming Engine / Media Server is a high-performance, extensible and fully interactive Flash media server for live and on-demand streaming, chat and recording.

For live or on-demand streaming to computers, mobile devices and IPTV/OTT endpoints, the Wowza platform delivers superior features, benefits and functionality.

It's the streaming server used by sites like LiveStream, Justin TV. For a turnkey live streaming platform see Broadcast Live Video solution.

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

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

Wowza Streaming Engine applications can be configured to stream from:

  • Web pages with Flash web based live video apps
  • Desktop encoders
    (OBS Open Broadcaster Software, Wirecast, Flash Live Encoder)
  • Mobile encoders for iOS/Android
    (GoCoder or custom apps developed by VideoWhisper)
  • IP Cameras and other streams (rtsp, udp, rtmp, rtmps)
  • Scheduled video playlists that play as live streams
  • WebRTC HTML5 relayed (high capacity with regular connections)

Wowza Streaming Engine applications can be configured to stream to:

  • Web pages with Flash apps over RTMP RTMPE RTMPS
  • HLS: HTML5 on Apple iOS iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, latest Android devices and PC Safari
  • MPEG Dash HTML5 on Chrome for Android/PC
  • WebRTC HTML5 relayed (to many viewers)
  • Android, Blackberry(R) and other 3GPP platforms
  • Microsoft Silverlight, Apple QuickTime
  • IPTV set-top boxes (Amino, Enseo, Roku, Streamit)
  • game consoles such as Wii and PS3

Hosting Plan Features (Wowza RTMP + Web)
Unlimited RTMP Connections Hosting on Wowza Streaming Engine can use as much bandwidth as available per plan (see plan specs) and there are no software limitations for the number of simultaneous connections. Plans are on full mode Wowza licensed servers: no additional licensing costs are required.
Optimized Recording * Special rtmp addresses to archive all live streams or just record. Recorded FLV files can be deployed to user's home directory in a web folder for access/processing. Videos can be imported, converted, published with Video Share VOD solution.
Live Transcoding * Enables on demand, live re-encoding and re-streaming for HLS / MPEG DASH delivery ( HTML5 playback including for iOS / Android devices). Also to/from WebRTC where setup.
IP Camera * Re-stream RTSP, UDP, RTMP, RTMPS streams as necessary (setup on request) - at least StreamStartup or higher required for 24/7 use.
iOS/Android Broadcast * Wowza GoCoder for iOS / Android can be used to publish plain stream (no chat or interactions). Stream broadcast also possible with HTML5 WebRTC directly from browser.
Scheduled Videos * Schedule existing videos to play as live streaming channels; simulate a live stream / broadcast from previously recorded videos
Wowza Statistics * An exclusive proprietary statistics system . See statistic for: streaming, chat demos.
WebRTC * HTML5 WebRTC publishing and playback can be configured using Wowza as relay streaming server.
HLS / MPEG DASH * Optimized HLS / MPEG DASH delivery, including SSL configured with Wowza for HTTPS wowza delivery.

Session Control *

Special streaming server side functionality for managing RTMP / RTP sessions using web scripts when using other methods of broadcast/playback than VideoWhisper Web Apps.
This permits detection of external broadcast streams, on demand transcoding, generating snapshots, monitoring duration, controlling sessions for broadcasts from encoders like OBS, GoCoder iOS/Android, WebRTC. Is included with VideoWhisper plans/servers and can be licensed for 3rd party servers.
CPanel Web Hosting CPanel is 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 Prevents abuse issues due to other sites like on shared IPs (like being blocked by mail servers or search engines when there's an abusive site on same IP). Web and RTMP can be accessed by IP without pointing a domain. Allows your own custom SSL certificate for HTTPS (if you don't want to use the default).
Security, HTTPS Dedicated IP allows unique account identity settings and setting up a custom SSL certificate for HTTPS (from CPanel). Servers include advanced firewall settings (CSF & LFD), ClamAV antivirus, ModSecurity. Servers include latest CURL and Open SSL to meet eCommerce provider requirements.
HTTPS included: AutoSSL provides SSL certificates and automated HTTPS configuration for sites that don't have own certificates.
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 Wowza Streaming Engine applications Managed Wowza Streaming Engine hosting: pre-configured turnkey rtmp addresses provided for multiple purposes (live streaming, low latency chat, recording, live and archiving).
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 Wordpress, Joomla, Oxwall, 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
Document Conversion Tools tools to convert PDF, PPT, DOC, XLS to images for web based display: Apache_OpenOffice, unoconv, ImageMagick
Affordable considering RTMP required for live streaming usually demands setting up a dedicated server and Wowza Streaming Engine license alone starts from $95/month, our fully compatible all including managed plans starting from $50/month are a very good offer
* Wowza SE specific features (not available with Red5 or other streaming servers): HLS/MPEG-DASH mobile delivery, support for IP cameras, scheduling videos, optimised recording / archiving, RTMP/RTP session control.


  • 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).
  • No additional licensing fees are required for Wowza Streaming Engine (available for $1995 or $95/month): our servers hosting these plans are already licensed.

Wowza Streaming Engine Hosting Plans

  Stream Hosting Plans
  Storage Space (Mb)   30 000 100 000 200 000 300 000 400 000 800 000  
  Bandwidth (Gb/Month)   2 000 5 000 10 000 15 000 25 000 50 000  
Streams, Bitrate
(within allocated resources)
  Peak Connection Speed   1000 Mbps
(from high quality network data centers)
  Event Connection (Mbps)   20 50 100 150 250 500  
  Simultaneous Users
~ 600kbps Event
  30 80 160 250 400 800  
  Bandwidth Spike (Gb/day)   200 500 1000 1500 2500 5000  
  Sustained Connection (Mbps)   6 15 30 46 77 154  

24/7 Streams
~600kbps Continuous

  10 25 50 76 128 256  
  Web CPU (x 3.80 GHz)   1+ 2+ 3+ 4+ 5+ 7+  
  Web Physical Memory (Mb)   2048 4096 6192 8192 10240 14336  
  Supported Features   CPanel, Dedicated IP, SSL & HTTPS, FFMPEG Media & Document Converters, Transcoding, HLS / DASH HTML5 Live Streaming, Recording / Archiving, Restreaming RTSP IP Cameras, Playlist Scheduling, Unlimited Subdomains/Databases/FTP & Email Accounts  
  Addon Domains (extra sites)   0 2 4 6 8 12  
  Parked Domains (multisite)   10 30 50 70 90 130  
  Setup Fee   $0 (No Setup Fee)  
  Monthly Price (USD)   $50 $100 $150 $200 $250 $350  
  Monthly Subscription   ask ask ask ask ask ask  
  Order links were removed as new improved streaming plans are now available. Can be provided on request. Ask for details.  

Order links were remove as new improved plans are now available. Can be provided on request. Ask for details.
Developer plans are mainly for testing, setup and development phase of projects and for developer teams to showcase their work.

~ Also interested in a VideoWhisper application license?
See combo plans that include both license rental and hosting.

~ Does your project require higher resources or involve multiple websites/domains?
See our dedicated managed Wowza SE based servers from $350/mo (include $245+ worth of licensing and services).

  • Hosting plans don't include VideoWhisper software license - this must be ordered separately to run software in full mode. Explicitly labelled combo plans that include license rental and hosting are available.
  • 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 contracted and allocated server resources are not returnable due to their nature.
  • You can change your subscription anytime by ordering the new one you want and then cancelling old one. Switching between close plans usually does not require transfer to a different server type.
    We recommend starting with monthly subscription for a few months to fully evaluate and then contracting for longer depending on business plan.
Premium Non-Budget

There are multiple budget providers that advertise unlimited space and bandwidth for a few dollars.

The secret behind budget host offers is hosting hundreds of sites on a server and hidden terms and practices. In example:

  • forbid installation of demanding services like a rtmp server
  • processing limitations that kill demanding processes like rtmp or plain video conversion for bigger files
  • space limitations that apply for video / file sharing sites as exception to “unlimited space”, in hidden terms
  • restrictive resource limitations that slows your site as soon as it begins to have some traffic
  • shared bandwidth on 10 or 100 Mbps shared connection for hundreds of sites where you will not be able to use much of the “unlimited” bandwidth
  • blacklisting in search engines and mail servers, because often you find your site on same IP address with a spammer or other site engaged in malicious activities
  • sharing physical server resources like connection, disk and cpu between many sites or vps is offten incompatible with live streaming: usually results in big latency, recording issues, massive frame loss

Our main business is live video streaming software and we provide realistic hosting plans where our client sites can fully work and perform. All our plans are premium, with advanced functionality, on powerful servers and networks that host a limited number of premium sites.

We do not provide reseller/budget hosting. If you need to host multiple account / domains you can use our Dedicated Streaming Servers.

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, transcoding.
  • Wowza Streaming Engine / Media Server hosting:
    • For production sites where performance and realibility is essential.
    • For sites that demand advanced features including recording, archiving, transcoding and publishing to mobiles.
    • For development phase as Wowza includes multiple functionalities that may come handy for implementing project features.
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.
Transcoding Symultaneous
  • Transcoding is only required for converting videos and broadcasting from web flash application to iOS iPhone / iPad because Apple devices require special format (codecs) and don't support video as broadcast from web flash application. Wowza is required to distribute this formatted stream to iOS/Safari as HLS (HTTP Live Streaming). Most mobile systems other that iOS, including latest Android, can use Flash for playback and don't need transcoded streams.
  • Transcoding means decoding the live stream and recording it to another format. This requires server processing power. Listed channels are estimates based on some tests.
  • Our transcoding solution does not use the Wowza Transcoder Addon so it does not require the extra channel licensing fee previously needed for that. The Wowza Transcoder solution is available only on dedicated servers with client's Wowza licensing, due to high processing required. The addon is usually not availble on shared plans.
  • Server capacity may vary at runtime depending on various factors and settings including stream size, quality settings, encoding profile.
  • On dedicated servers you can start as many transcoding threads as you wish but at some point server gets overloaded and performance issues occur.
    On shared plans our straff monitors this type of usage to prevent server disruptions and service quality for other clients on same server.
  • Due to processing required, transcoding can be implemented as premium feature or on request feature only when there are clients on iPhone / iPad. An alternate is to broadcast with special software (not from web flash) like a desktop encoder application that can publish for iOS.
  • Compared to RTMP streaming, HLS streaming involves bigger latency depending on various settings (up to 15s). While this can be an issue on live video chat and interactions, for 1 way live streaming latency is not an issue, on most situations.
  • Transcoding is a server process that must be started after starting broadcast to server. Broadcaster must enable alwaysRTMP so stream is available on server even if there are no subscribers in regular interface. HLS viewers are not monitored with regular web interfaces/players and status scripts.
  • Transcoding process connects to rtmp server, inputs the stream (must be exist), broadcasts it as a new stream in a new format to rtmp server. Transcoding process can be closed on request and also closes automatically when input stream closes. Transcoding process does not start if input stream is not available.
  • Transcoding is usually started on request by broadcaster, by clicking on a link/button to start transcoding. Can also be implemented to be started by viewer when accessing with iOS device but there's a delay of seconds before HLS becomes available.
  • Video conversions: FFMPEG video conversion requires 1 CPU thread when limited to 1 thread. That means a server with 8 cpu threads will be able to handle around 8 symultaneous transcodings with good performance. On shared plans conversions should be queued.
Connection and Bandwidth Usage Estimations

The hosting limits are for the total streaming bandwidth, not for the number of connections.

Regular dedicated servers have 10Mbps or 100Mbps shared 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. Because connections are shared, available connection will usually average around 1/3 of maximum possible.

Sustained connection refers to average connection use required to consume all monthly bandwidth. In example to transfer 2000 Gb of data in a month, a sustained 6Mbps connection usage would be required 24/7 for 30 days. When estimating requirements that should be used for calculations. In example for a site that averages 30 simultaneous viewers watching 500kbps streams, 15Mbs would be required.

Event connection is the maximum bitrate usage recommended for limited time events (few hours per day) for each plan. In example a for a 500kbps broadcast to 300 users, 150Mbps connection would be required. A 360p 1Mbps stream would require 200Mbps for delivery to 200 viewers. This is a recommendation based on server load balancing, not a limitation.

Simultaneous users for an 800kbps event is an estimate for user capacity during a limited time event based on event conection bitrate. Streaming lower bitrate will allow more users and higher bitrate will mean less users. This is a recommendation based on server load balancing, not a limitation.

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.

All Stream Wowza Media Server plans are hosted on servers with 1000Mbps connection.


Webmasters can generate and download backups from CPanel account as necessary. Account space can be used in full as necessary (no part of it is reserved for external backups).
Webmasters can also setup automated backup generation and restore points for Softaculous scripts but this can take lots of space and processing power (not recommended).
Generating backups from time to time and uploading to external server or downloading to local machine is recommended.

System Backups: These hosting server use SoftRAID 1 live replication for disk redundancy and there are no other type of backups of restore points than setup at account level.

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.
Also using more transcoding threads than channels per plan or using any server resources in a way that can cause important server performance decrease is not allowed.

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

This keeps all accounts at good performance levels.
Server Location and Network
All servers are located physically in Unites States (Dallas, Texas).

Streaming plans at 1000Mbps plans in SoftLayer™ networks (connected trough Level 3, SAVVIS, Verio and Global Crossing). All provide incredible transfer speeds and connectivity.
Managed Wowza Streaming Engine Hosting
Wowza Media Server 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 server side rtmp library. This is required for review due to security policy.

There is a limit for number of applications our team can manage for each plan (1-10 depending on plan). Unlimited installations can use same application address if room names are different.
Account Domain(s)
Each account is designed to accomodate 1 main domain/website. More domains can redirect to same site as parked domains (some CMS like WordPress multi site allow different parked domains for subsites). Additional domains can be hosted as different sites under same account on higher plans (not StreamDeveloper) as addon domains. All sites/subsites on an account share same resources (including rtmp addresses). Exact number for parked and addon domains depends on plan (contact us with your projected number of sites for suggestions). To host unlimited domains see our dedicated servers that permit unlimited CPanel accounts.
Dedicated Solutions
For high traffic sites with hundreds of simultaneous users online we recommend dedicated Wowza Servers.
If you want Wowza for your own dedicated server you will need a Wowza license.
Dedicated Servers with Managed Wowza Media Server

As an advanced solution for high traffic sites we can provide managed Wowza Streaming Engine hosting on one or multiple dedicated servers.

Turnkey Managed Dedicated Streaming Servers

  • We recommended these for high volume sites using VideoWhisper standard or custom applications with advanced load balancing on multiple servers.
  • Each server includes latest Wowza Streaming Engine 4+ with full mode subscription ($95/mo), WHM/cPanel license to host unlimited domains ($45/mo).
  • The rtmp side is managed ($80/mo): Our staff setups your rtmp applications and restarts the rtmp server as needed so you don't need to pay an administrator for the linux servers.
  • Before ordering, estimate the length of your project: due to setup costs involved, a longer billing interval (minimum contract duration) means lower price per month.
What is Wowza Media Server?

Wowza Media Server is unified server software developed by Wowza Media Systems.

The server is used for streaming of live and on-demand video, audio, and RIAs (rich Internet applications) over public and private IP networks to desktop, laptop, and tablet computers, mobile devices, IPTV set-top boxes, internet-connected TV sets, and other network-connected devices.

Wowza Media Server can stream to multiple types of playback clients and devices simultaneously, including the Adobe Flash player, Microsoft Silverlight player, Apple QuickTime Player and iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch), 3GPP mobile phones (Android, BlackBerry OS, Symbian, etc.), IPTV set-top boxes (Amino, Enseo, Roku, Streamit and others) and game consoles such as Wii and PS3.

Wowza Media Server is compatible with all streaming protocols: RTMP, RTMPE, RTMPS, RTMPTE, HDS, HLS, MPEG-DASH, RTSP, RTP, Smooth Streaming, MPEG2, MPEG-TS, and ICY (SHOUTcast / Icecast). The server can also ingest video and audio via Wowza GoCoder? mobile application.

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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