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Wowza Media Server(R) 2 to Flaunt More New Capabilities at IBC2010

EVERGREEN, Colo. — Aug. 30, 2010 — Wowza Media Systems(R) today announced the IBC2010 preview of three upcoming capabilities for its highly popular Wowza Media Server(R) 2 product. These capabilities — on-the-fly DRM encryption, automated multicast push, and WebM live streaming — help unify users’ streaming infrastructure while expanding reach to more media platforms and more screens. Wowza has previously announced IBC2010 previews for two other Wowza Media Server 2 features: enhanced monitoring currently offered in the Wowza for Amazon EC2 license edition, and upcoming support for Adobe(R) Flash(R) HTTP dynamic streaming.

Wowza Media Server 2 is a high-performance video engine that unifies delivery of live and on-demand H.264 video or AAC/MP3 audio streams to multiple clients and devices, eliminating the need for specialized, client-specific servers and encoders. With on-the-fly DRM encryption, Wowza Media Server 2 will be able to dynamically apply PlayReady(R) and Apple(R) AES-128 protection to any live or on-demand H.264 stream, enabling simultaneous delivery of premium content to both the Silverlight(R) 4 smooth streaming player and Apple iPhone(R)/iPad(TM) and other HLS-compatible devices. The Wowza PlayReady implementation will support direct interface with customer-owned PlayReady license servers, or third-party PlayReady license providers such as EZDRM.

Wowza Media Server 2′s automated multicast push capability eases provisioning of streams for delivery over multicast-capable networks. Multicast is often used in enterprise deployments. The playback is compatible with many clients including the Silverlight 4 multicast player, QuickTime(R) player, VLC, and MPEG-TS set-top boxes. For intranets that lack multicast capability and for Internet delivery, Wowza can be provisioned to automatically fall back to unicast. Wowza Media Server 2 can also deliver all streams simultaneously in multicast and unicast.

Finally, Wowza will demonstrate Wowza Media Server 2′s ability to perform live WebM streaming using VP8-encoded video with HTML5 video tag playback in Firefox 4.0 Beta, Opera 10.6+, and other compatible browsers. Wowza Media Server 2 already supports HTML5 streaming to Apple iOS and other HLS-compatible devices such as the Roku player, which will also be showcased at IBC. As HTML5 standards and practices continue to evolve, Wowza will continue to address unified video delivery to different browsers and compatible devices.

Wowza Media Server 2 makes it easy and affordable to deliver a high volume of audio and video content over IP networks, either public or private, to desktop/laptop computers (Web TV), mobile phones/tablets (mobile TV), or IP set-top boxes (IPTV). Improved economies of scale and reduced encoding, storage, and management expense mean radio and television broadcasters, content delivery networks (CDNs), and other media enterprises save money, improve efficiency, and streamline infrastructures. As a unified media server, Wowza Media Server 2 also simplifies personnel training, further reducing media delivery expense.

To see demonstrations of Wowza Media Server 2 in action, including previews of the upcoming features, visit Wowza at Stand IP321 at IBC2010, Sept. 9-14 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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About Wowza Media Systems
Wowza Media Systems(R) is the premier media server software company delivering an industrial strength infrastructure for live video, video-on-demand, live recording, and video chat. Wowza has a singular focus on delivering high-performance media server software to service providers, media properties, enterprises, and other organizations serious about delivering video to any digital screen — computer, mobile phone, or home TV. More than 50,000 global licensees in entertainment, social media, advertising, enterprise, education, government, and Internet commerce have deployed Wowza’s media server software to date. Wowza Media Systems is privately held with headquarters in Evergreen, Colo. More information is available at www.wowzamedia.com.

Wowza, Wowza Media Systems, Wowza Media Server and related logos are trademarks of Wowza Media Systems, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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