In today’s on-demand society, streaming media and streaming servers represent the future of content provision and consumption. But which solution will give you the best bang for your buck? At 100TB, we aren’t afraid to be transparent. Below you will find a list of the available streaming options and what you can expect from them. While we know our ReadyStream surpasses most streaming services on the market, what matters is that you start streaming your amazing content today.
The streaming servers powering platforms like Netflix, Spotify and Periscope are hugely powerful, and any new entrant into this increasingly mature market need to ensure their own servers won’t ever be overwhelmed by demand.
Streaming servers can vary from domestic to commercial, and from on-demand to live broadcast. These streaming servers harness the industry’s latest technologies, offering specific solutions to common streaming challenges:
Web searches for “best streaming servers” typically feature Wowza on the first page of results. That’s perhaps unsurprising, considering 20,000 organizations (including Facebook and ESPN) already use Wowza’s live streaming software for on-premises and cloud networks. With affordable transcoding and the ability to host your network on Wowza’s own APIs, this HLS and DASH-compatible platform has plenty of resources for developers. These include Github repositories and code samples.
If you don’t want to build your own server and cut out the ‘middle man’ it’s worth checking ReadyStream. Simply add your feed from any encoder, IP camera, IPTV headends or other live sources to the ReadyStream dashboard in your browser, or through an or iPhone/Android app, and you’re ready to go. There isn’t any need for an external contract or license. You can start streaming from 26+ locations now. Don’t worry about having to manage your own video infrastructure. Did we mention there are no contracts, no additional licenses needed, no lock-in? Check this out. Live streaming is here to stay so why wouldn’t you want to be a part of it?
A market leader for domestic networks, Plex’s simple interface and flexibility has seen it adopted around the world as a streaming solution for specific platforms like a smart TV or games console. With on-the-fly transcoding and automatic quality adjustment in response to bandwidth fluctuations, Plex’s developers have even launched free mobile apps. Some of the more advanced features require a one-off fee, but its intuitive navigation and beginner-friendly OS makes Plex a popular option.
#4. Universal Media Server
This free open-source platform was developed from the PS3 Media Server, but can now be used on Windows and Linux-powered devices as well as Macs and games consoles. Version 7 was released earlier this year, offering features such as subtitle integration and overscan compensation. Technical attributes include automatic bitrate adjustment and H.264 transcoding, with plenty of plugins available to bolster the basic platform.
Behind a fairly dated-looking website, MistServer is a powerful and modern platform for streaming servers. Aimed at minimizing client issues, this modular system disables resources that aren’t needed while streaming on the fly. It provides detailed analytics and supports codecs from Flash to H265. DRM and load balancers are available with premium versions, as well as output in DASH, MP4, RTMP, and even WAV formats.
Launched back in 2004, Steamcast’s developers intended to create a platform- and codec agnostic platform. They’ve mostly succeeded, producing software that can act as an on-demand server or an internet audio/video broadcaster. Despite being in perpetual beta, Steamcast’s web interface has become adept at managing client access. Lightweight and scalable, Steamcast version 1.0.2 is compatible with Linux and versions of Windows from XP onwards.
#7. Amazon CloudFront
As part of their AWS division, Amazon developed CloudFront. Ideal for delivering adaptive bitrate content to audiences around the world, it can be tasked with handling all Smooth Streaming services. Available over HTTP and dovetailing with DRM systems, CloudFront uses CDN caching to accelerate content to consumers. There’s also the reassurance of being backed by Amazon’s global infrastructure network. Overall the services are as expected, but the price tag might be a bit steep.
This Canadian platform specializes in audio broadcasts, though its automation software can also be used for video content. A focus on live output is reflected in EAS protocols for emergency alerting systems, while automation software can be beamed to multiple continents through a server cluster to load balance content distribution. OpenBroadcaster works closely with its clients providing tech support while advising on broadcasting regulations and recommended hardware.