Top Media Servers

Wowza, Adobe, WMSPanel, Evostream

The most popular streaming servers for publishers are Wowza, Adobe, WMSPanel, Evostream. All support HLS and MPEG DASH, the technologies that have transformed the proprietary dominated industry, into a standards-based industry. 


The following tables compare general and technical information for a number of streaming media systems both audio and video. Please see the individual systems' linked articles for further information. Source: Wikipedia

NameCreatorFirst Public Release (yyyy-MM-dd)Latest Stable Version (Release Date)Cost (USD)licenseMediaMedia Player

Audio/VideoAny with appropriate protocol support.
PeerCastGiles?0.1218 (2007-12-17)FreeGPLAudio/Video{?}
Unreal Media ServerUnreal Streaming Technologies2003-09-1510.5 (2014-02-15)$695 perpetual licenseproprietaryAudio/VideoFlash, Silverlight, iOS, Set-Top boxes, Unreal Player
Flash Media ServerMacromedia/Adobe Systems2002-07-95.0.7 (2014-11-19)$4,500proprietaryVideoFlash Player
EvoStream Media ServerEvoStream2011-11-171.6.5 (2013-01-17)Free Trial licenses; Subscription Licenses at $25/month and $50/month; Perpetual License at $849; Amazon EC2 AMIproprietaryAudio/VideoFlash Player, Adobe Air, Quicktime, VLC, iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, Android, Silverlight, set top boxes such as Amino and Roku, others.
Wowza Streaming Engine(formerly Wowza Media Server)Wowza Media Systems2007-02-174.0.6 (2014-08-11)[1]Free Developer and Trial licenses; Subscription Licenses at $65/month; Perpetual Pro License at $1995; Amazon EC2 with embedded license starting at $0.15/hourproprietaryAudio/Video/DataAny with appropriate protocol support, including Adobe Flash, MPEG DASH clients, Microsoft Silverlight and other Smooth Streaming clients, VLC, Apple QuickTime, Apple Safari (HTML5), iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, 3GPP clients (Android, Blackberry, Symbian, etc.), IPTV set-top boxes, game consoles (Wii, PS3, Xbox 360), and others.
Darwin Streaming ServerApple Inc.1999-03-166.0.3 (2007-05-10)FreeAPSLAudio/VideoAny with appropriate protocol support.
Flumotion Streaming ServerFlumotion2004-11-300.10.1 (2012-07-06)FreeLGPLAudio/VideoAny with appropriate protocol support.
FireflyRon Pedde? (2007-10-21)FreeGPLAudioAny with appropriate protocol support.
FreeCastAlban Peignier2004-09-142006-06-29FreeGPLAudio/VideoFreeCast client
Helix Universal ServerRealNetworks1994-01-01V15 (2012-11-08)Free for 12 months (Basic) and $1,000-$10,000proprietaryAudio/VideoAny with appropriate protocol support for PC (MPEG-DASH, Flash player, QuickTime, MS-Silverlight, Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, VLC, Mplayer, HTML5), Tablet & Mobile (Android (MPEG-DASH / HLS / RTSP), Blackberry, iOS, Symbian, HTML5) and OTT (HLS or MPEG-DASH) IPTV STBs devices.
Helix DNA ServerRealNetworks2003-01-2211.1 (2006-06-10)FreeRCSL/RPSLAudio/VideoAny with appropriate protocol support.
Windows Media ServicesMicrosoft1996-12-109.6 (2010-04-05)FreeproprietaryAudio/VideoAny with appropriate protocol support, including Windows Media Player and Microsoft Silverlight
IIS Media ServicesMicrosoft2008-11-074.1 (2011-11-09)FreeproprietaryAudio/Video/DataAny with appropriate streaming protocol or HTTP progressive download support, including Windows Media Player, Microsoft Silverlight (in-browser, out-of-browser, Windows Phone), Adobe Flash, VLC, Apple QuickTime, Apple Safari, iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, Android, IPTV set-top boxes, Xbox 360, and others.
IcecastXiph.Org Foundation1998-122.4.1 (2014-11-19)FreeGPLAudioAny with appropriate protocol support.
SHOUTcastNullsoft1998-122.4.2 (2014-10-30)FreeproprietaryAudioAny with appropriate protocol support.
FengLSCube[2]2007-05-312009-10-14FreeGPLAudio/VideoAny with appropriate protocol support.
Logitech Media ServerLogitech?7.7.4 (2014-11-12)FreeGPLv2AudioVarious hardware and software clients available
Unified Streaming PlatformUnified Streaming20121.6.9 (2014-10-29)Free Trial license; Perpetual License; Amazon EC2 with embedded licenseproprietaryAudio/VideoAny with appropriate protocol support.


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