March 31, 2012

High precision report

Recently we've been improving WMSPanel reporting capabilities with features that would be useful for billing purposes. Daily Stats functionality shows several important numbers that are often used for charging clients. Those are views count, peak bandwidth and traffic. There is also total duration counted for each day. They are all combined and calculated using 30-seconds sync-ups which a server gives to our front-end.

Even though we get and process these numbers on a high-frequency basis, industry standards often require other calculations. A lot of companies prefer 5 minutes interval for calculations.

And so we make those calculations. For selected date and time range we collect:
  • peak bandwidth taken as a maximum of all peak numbers per given 5-minute ranges
  • time of peak bandwidth;
  • 95% peak bandwidth;
  • total traffic - the amount of information transferred during time period;
  • total count of visitors.
Chart information is shown with 5 minutes intervals.

If a visitor started watching at 13:59 and finished watching at 14:11, his connection will be added to total number of connections in 14:10 bucket. His traffic, however, will be spread among 4 intervals: 13:55, 14:00. 14:05 and 14:10.

So last night live football streaming will be measured precisely by the time of the game, with ability to get number of people watching game periods and advertising.

We added those 4 new calculated numbers in addition to existing combined reports and high-detailed reports.

High precision report: peak and 95% bandwidth, traffic and connections.

High precision report for Wowza

Please read the updated version here: High precision report.

March 1, 2012

Duration analysis report

WMSPanel provides duration reports for supported media servers as part of Daily Stats reporting. Here's a overall description of this feature.

Wowza time and duration report.
First, it shows total play time and average play time. Check out "Play time" column on a snapshot below.
Also, we were thinking of some metric that would allow our customers seeing information about how long do their customers stream a media. Having many options we decided to show most general info to start. Our report shows distribution of viewers among time intervals. Take a look at example:

There are 13 intervals chosen:

Daily statistics report

We've launched a new type of reports for media servers customers, we call it "Daily Stats". They show data collected into 24-hours buckets.

Daily statistics report.
Each data slice now has its daily granulated statistics. Each day includes a chart and a raw data table.

Basic metrics on a common chart.
You can see quick general overview of daily stats in this screen cast in addition to description below:

The chart shows basic metrics of media connections from the table below. You can switch them off and on, thus removing or adding charts. You can also get them on paper by just clicking "Print" link - this will generate printer-friendly version.

Each date is a link to a Single day summary which has detailed data which WMSPanel has on a given day.

Data listed in the table contains the following. You can also switch certain columns off and on to make it fit your screen.

Viewers count (blue bars on the chart) contains amounts of connections for each of supported protocols.  And also a sum of those numbers.

Peak connections contains peak number of connections appeared on any given day.

Traffic (red curve) data is represented by In, Out and Lost amounts of bytes being transferred. High degree numbers are measured in metric system.

Duration (orange dots) is presented as 2 numbers - average and total play time - and a separate link to duration report available for a variety of time intervals.

Peak Bandwidth (green curve) shows the maximum transmission speed in bits per second.

So all you need to do is to pick the dates range and get the table of total numbers.

You may adjust time zone setting to make data to be collected conveniently for your customers. If you want to use WMSPanel daily stats as an origin for further processing, like for third party billing, you can use our statistics push API.

More useful features are expected in our roadmap. Feel free to try our solution free of charge.

Read more about WMSPanel streaming reporting.

Related documentation

End user reportingStatistics import APIGeo location reporting, ISP networks reportDevices and Players reportHigh precision reportingData slices for statisticsStreamed slicesScreencast for data slices and white labelBilling customers using daily stats