Compare 1000Mbps Dedicated Streaming Server Providers

Most important feature for a streaming server is connection (that limits number of simultaneous users that can be served at same time). While some providers clearly mention that, it can be estimated from available monthly bandwidth (in example 10TB limit requires an average of 30Mbps to be consumed so server is probably on 100Mbps connection).

Picked servers that provide 1000Mbps connection, over 20Tb/month and minimum specs of 1000Gb disk, WHM/Cpanel for easy web hosting management, located in North America.

Server Provider HostGator ServerRoom VideoWhisper
Price/Month $374 $252.81 $250
Bandwidth 25Tb/mo 100Tb/mo Unlimited
CPU Threads 8 12 8
CPU Speed 3.3Ghz 2Ghz 3.4Ghz
RAM 16 Gb 16 Gb 32 Gb
Disk(s) 1000 Gb 1000 Gb 2 * 2000Gb
Managed RTMP No Red5 Red5
IPs 5 2 4
Wowza Option No +$65.99/mo +$50/mo

More details about what’s needed on a streaming dedicated server are available with VideoWhisper server requirements.

Schedule Videos as Live Streaming Channels

In latest Broadcast Live Video solution, channel owners can schedule existing videos to play as live streaming channels.  This can be used to simulate a live stream / broadcast from previously recorded videos.

This is based on Wowza Streaming Engine SMIL playlist functionality (requires Wowza Hosting). Plugin includes an editor to easily schedule videos from Video Share VOD in a playlist.
lb-playlistsYou can create an elaborate schedule with many playlists of videos scheduled to play on each channel:

  • For on-demand stream sources, use either 0 or a positive number for thestart parameter. A positive number will start that number of seconds into the video.
  • To play the source until the end, use -1 for the length parameter. Any positive value will play the source for that number of seconds.
  • To loop through the schedule, set repeat to true. Setting repeat to falsewill shut down the stream after the playlist has finished. Later playlists aren’t loaded unless they start before the non-repeating playlist ends.
  • Set the scheduled parameter to start the playlist at a specific time. If the begin time is in the past, each playlist is loaded in order and immediately replaces the previous playlist for the stream.