May 31, 2015

The State of Streaming Protocols - May 2015

WMSPanel team continues analyzing the state of streaming protocols. April had less views than March but the same share of protocols.

The metrics calculations are based on nearly 1.5 billion views, which is twice less than previous month. The stats are collected from 1700+ media servers (including WowzaNimble Streamer and Flussonic) so we consider May was a bit "relaxed" comparing to April for our customers. Also, we introduced HTTP origin for "CDN-friendly" outgoing streaming which was adopted by our key customers - this affected stats as well. However, the picture remained pretty much the same.

HLS share went down to 72% share while Icecast and MPEG-DASH numbers increased. Check the chart below for more numbers.

The State of Streaming Protocols - May 2015
The State of Streaming Protocols - May 2015.

You can compare that to April stats below.

May 28, 2015

Verimatrix VCAS live streams DRM support via Nimble Streamer

Monetizing the content requires various techniques for media protection. Nimble Streamer team helps streamers protecting their content via paywall capabilities which include hotlink protection, pay-per-view, geo-restriction, HLS AES-128 encryption support and some other features.
Now we introduce DRM capabilities for live streaming via Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS™) support.

VCAS pay-TV operator solution consists of combinations of the components optimized for a specific market segment. Based on a highly modular system architecture and efficient form factor, VCAS is inherently cost effective for the smallest deployment while scaling easily to operations with millions of subscribers.

With VCAS, Nimble Streamer can be used for media encryption and delivery of live content. Having RTMP, RTSP or MPEG-TS input, it will produce HLS streams properly encrypted. Nimble is optimized for handling large amount of viewers and building robust infrastructure so it may be the only element which you need for delivery of media from content owner to consumers. As it's a freeware and it requires low amounts of resources, this would allow decreasing the cost of ownership for your solutions.

Let's see how you can set up Verimatrix VCAS with Nimble Streamer to protect your content.

May 21, 2015

Transmux RTSP to HLS, RTMP, DASH and more via Nimble Streamer

RTSP streaming still has its share among other protocols for playback and streaming from some of the encoders, especially from cameras. It's an opened technology available via RFC so companies widely use it for certain use cases and scenarios.

So Nimble Streamer now has support for RTSP protocol as well.
It handles any of allowed streams types:
  • announced RTSP streams published to Nimble
  • streams available via public URL (i.e. pulled streams)
The output streams protocols are:
  • RTMP;
  • RTSP - so it allows RTSP re-streaming;
  • HLS;
  • Icecast;
  • MPEG-TS.
So having one input stream, a streaming administrator may get 5 different outgoing streams to support various client types.

Let's see how this can be set up.