Wowza Unveils Latest Version of ‘Media Server 3.1’

Includes refinements to the network digital video recorder (nDVR) AddOn, an audio-only option for the Wowza Transcoder AddOn and Dynamic Transcoder Overlays
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Wowza Media Systems LLC, a producer of software that streams live and on-demand media to any screen, unveils enhancements to Wowza Media Server 3.

The newest version of the award-winning software platform, Wowza Media Server 3.1 includes refinements to the network digital video recorder (nDVR) AddOn, an audio-only option for the Wowza Transcoder AddOn and Dynamic Transcoder Overlays, the company says.

The Wowza nDVR AddOn, is a live-stream cache that stores content in a normalized format accessible to Wowza Media Server 3 for any-screen playout, according to the firm. With it, Wowza licensees can deliver live linear streams as time-shifted services to any screen, capabilities that have been shown to increase both viewer engagement and revenues, Wowza says.

In addition, the Wowza nDVR also supports trick-play features such as live-stream pause, rewind and resume, and it enables content publishers and service providers to develop the kind of premium catch-up television services that both enhance and individualize the viewer experience, the firm says.

The new Dynamic Transcoder Overlays enable customers to use compositing to overlay text, images, motion graphics and secondary video sources instantly onto streams passing through the Wowza Transcoder AddOn, Wowza says. The feature can be used in many cases, including the dynamic insertion of advertising, titling, sporting event scores and picture-in-picture video, the company adds. It also allows single-display viewing of multicamera broadcast and surveillance feeds on any screen.

Dynamic Transcode Overlays also can be manually configured or pre-programmed based on external events, providing a powerful new tool for adding premium TV-like experiences at commodity prices.

“Wowza continues to focus media delivery by reducing the complexity and expense resulting from a multitude of client-specific platforms, adaptive bitrate technologies and proprietary media players,” said Dave Stubenvoll, Wowza Media Systems CEO. “Wowza Media Server 3.1 is our latest contribution to that effort. We’ve made hundreds of improvements to the software to address customer needs, making it easier and more affordable for our customers to provide a rich user experience, whether they're streaming catch-up TV services or live audio.”

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