Comparison of streaming media systems


Comparison of streaming media systems

This is a comparison of streaming media systems. A more complete list of streaming media systems is also available.

Contents

General

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.

Name Creator First Public Release (yyyy-MM-dd) Latest Stable Version (Release Date) Cost (USD) license Media Media Player
VLC media player VideoLAN ? 1.1.10 (2011-06-16) Free GPL v2 Audio/Video Any with appropriate protocol support.
PeerCast Giles ? 0.1217 Free GPL Audio/Video {?}
Flash Media Server Macromedia/Adobe Systems 2002-07-9 4.0 (2010-09-13) $4,500 proprietary Video Flash Player
Wowza Media Server Wowza Media Systems 2007-02-17 2.2.3 (2010-12-16) Free Developer license, $995 Perpetual, $65/mo Subscription proprietary Audio/Video/Data Any with appropriate protocol support, including Flash players, Silverlight players, QuickTime players, VLC players, Safari (HTML5), iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, 3GPP (Android, Blackberry, Symbian, etc.), IPTV set-top boxes, game consoles (Wii, PS3 and other).
Evostream Media Server Evostream Pre-release N/A $500 - $2500 proprietary Audio/Video/Data Any with appropriate protocol support, Flash, QuickTime, Silverlight, VLC, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, IPTV, game consoles, etc.
Darwin Streaming Server Apple Inc. 1999-03-16 6.0.3 (2007-05-10) Free APSL Audio/Video Any with appropriate protocol support.
Flumotion Streaming Server Flumotion 2004-11-30 0.9.1 (2011-09-08) Free GPL Audio/Video Any with appropriate protocol support.
Firefly Ron Pedde 0.2.4.1 (2007-10-21) Free GPL Audio Any with appropriate protocol support.
FreeCast Alban Peignier 2004-09-14 2006-06-29 Free GPL Audio/Video FreeCast client
Helix DNA Server RealNetworks 2003-01-22 11.1 (2006-06-10) Free RCSL/RPSL Audio/Video Any with appropriate protocol support.
Helix Universal Server RealNetworks 1994-01-01 14.0 (2010-04-14) Free for 12 months (Basic) and $1,000-$10,000 proprietary Audio/Video Any with appropriate protocol support (PC & Mobile devices).
Windows Media Services Microsoft Free proprietary Video Windows Media Player
Broadwave NCH Software 2006-07-21 1.01 Free (Personal), $136 (Commercial) proprietary Audio Any with appropriate protocol support.
Icecast Xiph.Org Foundation 1998-12 2.3.2 (2008-06-02) Free GPL Audio/Video Any with appropriate protocol support.
Red5 http://www.red5.org/ 2005-10 0.9.1 (2010-02-21) Free LGPL Audio/Video Flash
SHOUTcast Nullsoft 1998-12 1.9.8 (2007-02-28) Free proprietary Audio Any with appropriate protocol support.
Unreal Media Server Unreal Streaming Technologies 2003-11 8.0 (2011-04-25) Free, Commercial proprietary Audio/Video Flash, Windows Media, UMedia players
CasparCG SVT http://www.casparcg.com/ 2008-04-10 2.0 (2011-06-23) Free GPL v3 Audio/Video/Images FFmpeg, Flash Player, Windows Media, QuickTime, MPEG, FreeImage
Feng http://lscube.org/feng/ 2007-05-31 2009-10-14 Free GPL Audio/Video Any with appropriate protocol support.
Mammoth Server http://mammothserver.org/  ?  ? (development seems stalled before beta release) Free LGPL Audio/Video Flash

Operating system support

Name Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix Solaris Other Unix
PeerCast Yes Yes Yes ? ? ?
Firefly Yes ? Yes Yes ? ?
Flash Media Server Yes No Yes No No No
Wowza Media Server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evostream Media Server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Darwin Streaming Server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flumotion Streaming Server No Yes Yes ? ? ?
FreeCast Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Helix DNA Server Yes ? Yes Yes Yes ?
Helix Universal Server Yes No Yes No Yes No
Windows Media Services Yes No No No No No
Broadwave Yes No Yes No No No
Icecast Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Red5 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SHOUTcast Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unreal Media Server Yes No No No No No
CasparCG Yes No No No No No
Name Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix Solaris Other Unix

Container format support

Information about what container formats are supported.

Name AVI ASF QuickTime Ogg OGM Matroska MP4 MPEG transport stream FLV
PeerCast ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Firefly No ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Flash Media Server ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes No Yes
Wowza Media Server No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Evostream Media Server No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Darwin Streaming Server ? ? Yes ? ? ? Yes ? No
Flumotion Streaming Server ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes
FreeCast ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Helix DNA Server No No No No No No No No No
Helix Universal Server No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Windows Media Services ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? No
Broadwave ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Icecast Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? No
Red5 ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? Yes
SHOUTcast Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? No
Unreal Media Server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
CasparCG Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Protocol support

Information about which internet protocols are supported for broadcasting streaming media content.

Name HTTP RTSP MMS RTP RTCP UDP TCP RTMP MPEG-TS Real Data Transport
PeerCast Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Firefly ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Flash Media Server No No No No No ? ? Yes No ?
Wowza Media Server Yes
(Apple HLS, Silverlight Smooth Streaming, Adobe Dynamic Streaming)
Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
(RTMP, RTMPE, RTMPTE, RTMPT, RTMPS)
Yes No
Evostream Media Server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Darwin Streaming Server No Yes No Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ?
Flumotion Streaming Server Yes No ? No ? ? ? No ? ?
FreeCast Yes No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Helix DNA Server Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes ? ? Yes
Helix Universal Server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Windows Media Services Yes
(WM-HTTP, plain download&play HTTP via IIS)
Yes
(WM-RTSP)
Yes Yes
(WM-RTSP)
No Yes
(MMSU, MMS-MCAST, MSBD and WM-RTSP)
Yes
(MMST, WM-HTTP and HTTP)
? ? No
Broadwave Yes No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Icecast Yes No No No No ? ? ? ? ?
Red5 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ?
SHOUTcast Yes No No No No ? ? ? ? ?
Unreal Media Server Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes ? No
Name HTTP RTSP MMS RTP RTCP UDP TCP RTMP MPEG-TS Real Data Transport

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