Wowza Media Systems To Support SRT With New Update to Streaming Engine Software

Wowza Media Systems will support SRT (Secure Reliable Transport) with a new update to its Wowza Streaming Engine software, with version 4.7.2. As an open source alternative to expensive and proprietary video transport technologies, customers can now use SRT to ingest high quality video across sub-optimal networks, into any Wowza Streaming Engine origin server for delivery. The inclusion of SRT also reinforces the reliability for streams originating in networks with high congestion or low bandwidth availability.

In recent benchmark tests of SRT, Wowza noted greater reliability of throughput and packet loss, as well as improved bandwidth utilization when encountering network bandwidth fluctuations. In long-haul transport of video from Germany to Australia, using a consumer DSL connection, testing showed a 7.5x increase of throughput with SRT, compared to RTMP connections over TCP.

“The addition of SRT to our Wowza Streaming Engine workflows enables customers to more reliably deliver low-latency video from anywhere,” says Chris Knowlton, Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at BlueFrame Technology.  “This is especially true at remote and older venues, where production teams are routinely broadcasting over limited-bandwidth networks and cellular data connections.”

SRT can deliver seamlessly across the technology stack, with fixed end-to-end latency that doesn’t build up over time. The protocol offers an alternative to TCP connections through a reliable UDP transport solution with packet loss recovery; end-to-end security with AES encryption; network health monitoring between endpoints; and simplified firewall traversal.

As a founding member of the SRT Alliance, which was announced at NAB 2017, Wowza will continue to incorporate SRT throughout its technology offerings, beginning with Wowza Streaming Engine. Jointly with Haivision, Wowza will host a webinar to discuss the benefits of SRT on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. EST. Click here to register.

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