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Wowza Goes 2 for 2 as Finalist in Streaming Media Magazine’s 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards

Last Year’s Runner-Up Alongside Adobe® and Microsoft Now A Contender In Best Server Hardware/Software and Best Streaming Radio Solution Categories

SAN JOSE, CA, September 2, 2008—Wowza Media Systems, an emerging leader in streaming media server software, who turned heads last year by placing in the top 3 in the Best Server Hardware/Software category alongside such industry titans as Adobe and Microsoft, today announced that its flagship product, Wowza Media Server® Pro, is again a finalist for this prestigious award, now in two categories, Best Server Hardware/Software and Best Streaming Radio Solution.

“This year’s Readers’ Choice Awards presented more than 200 different products and services from more than 150 different companies from around the world,? said Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, Editor, Streaming Media, in an official statement to all finalists. “The fact that there’s so much competition for these awards is a reflection of just how many competitive solutions are now available to consumers, enterprises, and educational institutions looking for online video solutions; the fact that nearly 4,000 Streaming Media readers voted in the awards shows just how passionately they feel about the tools they’ve chosen. Regardless of who the ultimate winners are, that’s something we can all celebrate.”

“The enthusiastic response of Streaming Media Magazine readers to Wowza Media Server Pro is an excellent benchmark of the impact Wowza has made on the streaming market,? said David Stubenvoll, CEO and Co-Founder, Wowza Media Systems. “Placing so high again, and not only in one but two important categories, is an incredible affirmation for us.? He added, “We are particularly thrilled to see readers recognize the value of Wowza Pro’s exclusive SHOUTcast-to-Flash streaming capability that is empowering both traditional broadcasters and newly minted netcasters as the industry moves toward ubiquitous Web radio.?

Launched in February 2007, Wowza Media Server Pro has since become the streaming media server solution of choice for thousands’ of licensees globally, including such well-known customers as Macy’s, Sun Microsystems, Interoute, RAINet, and Astral Media. Among the reasons cited for its rapid and enthusiastic adoption are its unmatched combination of performance, price, and functionality, which include its recently announced exclusive interoperability with live non-Flash (RTSP/RTP and MPEG-TS) media encoders.

The winners of Streaming Media Magazine’s 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards will be announced at Streaming Media West, September 23-25, in San Jose, CA, as well as in the October/November issue of Streaming Media Magazine and a special digital-only feature on streamingmedia.com. For more information on the awards, visit: http://www.streamingmedia.com/readerschoice/

About Wowza
Wowza Media Systems is a developer of interactive streaming media server software. With the introduction in February, 2007 of its flagship product, Wowza Media Server® Pro, Wowza has taken a leadership position in redefining Flash streaming. Wowza has not only radically changed Flash streaming economics, it has also revolutionized online media by introducing unique and exclusive capabilities that make live and on-demand video and audio, video recording and interactive Flash streaming feasible for a broad range of customers. These customers include Macy’s, Sun Microsystems, Interoute, RAINet, and Astral Media. Wowza Media Server Pro is deployed by over 9,000 global licensees in entertainment, social media, advertising, enterprise, education, government, and Internet commerce. For more information, visit Wowza Media Systems at www.wowzamedia.com.

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Media Contact:

Bill Lessard
Publicist
Wowza Media Systems
wlessard@prwithbrains.com
914.476.6089

Wowza and related marks are registered trademarks of Wowza Media Systems. Adobe and Flash are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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