May 30, 2012

Wowza control panel capabilities for iOS and Android


We all use mobile web widely these days and we all love when our favorite websites are accessible via your favorite smartphone. Especially when it's a real-time control panel of your Wowza or Windows Media assets.

This is why we make our panel as lite and it's possible to avoid any problems on any browsers you might have. We use cross-platform JavaScript which runs basically on any browser.

Thus it appears to run on any iOS devices like iPhone® and iPad® as well as on Android mobile devices.

Look at those iPhone snapshots:

iPhone real-time chart.

iPhone Wowza statistics.
iPhone portrait display of WMS panel.

They look just as you may see them in your desktop browser.

Android devices browsers are also supported. Android 3 and Android 4 default browsers show the panel perfectly. Android 1.x and Android 2 may show it via Firefox or Opera browsers.
Here are screen shots you may see at Android 3 powered Samsung tablet:

Real-time chart displayed in Android default browser.

Retrospective charts shown on Android tablet.

This is a nice "side effect" of our web-based interface and architecture that allows showing any Wowza  or Windows Media statistics and control your assets via any browser.

Read more about WMSPanel streaming reporting.

Related documentation

Devices and Players report for WowzaEnd user reporting for WowzaDaily statisticsData slices for statisticsStreamed slices for WowzaWhite label branded panelServer tasks remote management via web UI

May 24, 2012

May 22, 2012

Wowza data loss reporting and analysis

We all know that data transmission is far from being perfect. Since media data transmission operates with huge amounts of data, most streaming companies face with losses problem, especially within peak hours.

WMSPanel Wowza reporting service may help finding and visualizing problems like that. Let's see typical peak hour using detailed reports.

When you are logged into Dashboard, you can first see real time chart and then after scrolling down it shows 4 retrospective charts for Wowza. First one is "Total connected vs. Bandwidth" that allows seeing peak statistics.

Connections and Average bandwidth in peak hours.
See that blue cliff in front of red mount? That's total connections per 15 minutes interval shown in comparison with average bandwidth.

May 1, 2012

Wowza hotlinking re-publishing and re-streaming protection

When you are streaming some media data, you always have a risk of being re-published somewhere else via hot-linking. So if you have exclusive payed content, you're loosing money. WMSPanel has a core functionality for Wowza links re-publishing (or, hot-linking) protection. It's available as part of Paywall solution for Wowza and it supports all protocols which Wowza handles. This includes RTMP, RTSP, HLS, SmoothStreaming, HDS and DASH.

Having some small changes in UI part and Wowza agent installed on Wowza server you can protect your business from link re-publishing and complicate your content re-streaming including domain lock for hotlinking.

UPD: Read the full workflow description in our paywall hotlinking protection page.

Commonly you have some web pages with video links like this:
Then your web server script calculates hash from IP, URL, server time, secret key, valid interval and adds this hash to initial URL. e.g.:

So your valid customer will open the link and nothing will be different from non-protected URL. If somebody copies the link as passes it to anyone else, this 3rd party will not get any data.

WMSPanel platform handles all processing for you so all you see as a user is a big link. All mechanics are split by 2 parts and hidden away.