Comparison of streaming media systems

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

General[edit]

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
VLC media player VideoLAN ? 2.1.5 (2014-07-26) 00000Free GPL v2 Audio/Video
PeerCast Giles ? 0.1218 (2007-12-17) 00000Free GPL Audio/Video
Unreal Media Server Unreal Streaming Technologies 2003-09-15 11.0 (2015-04-20) 00795$795 perpetual license proprietary Audio/Video
Flash Media Server Macromedia/Adobe Systems 2002-07-9 5.0.7 (2014-11-19) 04500$4,500 proprietary Video
EvoStream Media Server EvoStream 2011-11-17 1.6.5 (2013-01-17) 00995Free Trial licenses; Subscription Licenses at $25/month and $50/month; Perpetual License at $849; Amazon EC2 AMI proprietary Audio/Video
Wowza Streaming Engine Wowza Media Systems 2007-02-17 4.2.0 (2014-08-04)[1] 00995Free Developer and Trial licenses; Subscription Licenses at $65/month; Perpetual Pro License at $1995; Amazon EC2 with embedded license starting at $0.15/hour proprietary Audio/Video/Data
Darwin Streaming Server Apple Inc. 1999-03-16 6.0.3 (2007-05-10) 00000Free APSL Audio/Video
Flumotion Streaming Server Flumotion 2004-11-30 0.10.1 (2012-07-06) 00000Free LGPL Audio/Video
Firefly Ron Pedde ? 0.2.4.1 (2007-10-21) 00000Free GPL Audio
FreeCast Alban Peignier 2004-09-14 2006-06-29 00000Free GPL Audio/Video
Helix Universal Server RealNetworks 1994-01-01 V15 (2012-11-08) 05500Free for 12 months (Basic) and $1,000-$10,000 proprietary Audio/Video
Helix DNA Server RealNetworks 2003-01-22 11.1 (2006-06-10) 00000Free RCSL/RPSL Audio/Video
Windows Media Services Microsoft 1996-12-10 9.6 (2010-04-05) 00000Free proprietary Audio/Video
IIS Media Services Microsoft 2008-11-07 4.1 (2011-11-09) 00000Free proprietary Audio/Video/Data
Icecast Xiph.Org Foundation 1998-12 2.4.1 (2014-11-19) 00000Free GPL Audio
SHOUTcast Nullsoft 1998-12 2.4.2 (2014-10-30) 00000Free proprietary Audio
Feng LSCube[2] 2007-05-31 2009-10-14 00000Free GPL Audio/Video
Logitech Media Server Logitech ? 7.7.4 (2014-11-12) 00000Free GPLv2 Audio
Unified Streaming Platform Unified Streaming 2012 1.6.9 (2014-10-29) 00995Free Trial license; Perpetual License; Amazon EC2 with embedded license proprietary Audio/Video
Nimble Streamer WMSPanel 2013 1.0.0-1 (2013-10-21) 00000Free proprietary Audio/Video

Operating system support[edit]

Name Windows Mac OS X Linux Unix
VLC media player Yes Yes Yes Yes
PeerCast Yes Yes Yes ?
Unreal Media Server Yes No No No
Firefly Yes ? Yes Yes
Flash Media Server Yes Yes Yes No
EvoStream Media Server Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wowza Streaming Engine Yes Yes Yes Yes
Darwin Streaming Server Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flumotion Streaming Server No Yes Yes ?
FreeCast Yes No Yes Yes
Helix Universal Server Yes No Yes Yes
Helix DNA Server Yes ? Yes Yes
Windows Media Services Yes No No No
IIS Media Services Yes No No No
Icecast Yes No Yes Yes
SHOUTcast Yes Yes Yes Yes
Logitech Media Server Yes Yes Yes Yes
Unified Streaming Platform Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nimble Streamer Yes Yes Yes No

Container format support[edit]

Information about what digital container formats are supported.

Name 3GP AVI ASF QuickTime Ogg OGM Matroska MP4 MPEG-TS FLV ABR
VLC media player ? Yes ? Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
PeerCast ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Unreal Media Server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?
Firefly ? No ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Flash Media Server ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes No Yes Yes
EvoStream Media Server Yes No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wowza Streaming Engine Yes No No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Darwin Streaming Server Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? Yes ? No No
Flumotion Streaming Server ? ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ?
FreeCast ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Helix Universal Server Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Helix DNA Server ? No No No No No No No No No ?
Windows Media Services ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? No No
IIS Media Services Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Icecast ? Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? No No
SHOUTcast ? Yes ? ? Yes ? ? ? ? No No
Unified Streaming Platform No ? ? Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Nimble Streamer No Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Protocol support[edit]

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

Name HTTP MPEG DASH WebRTC RTSP MMS RTP RTCP UDP TCP RTMP MPEG TS Real Data Transport WebM
VLC media player Yes ? No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ?
PeerCast Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Unreal Media Server Yes
(HTTP Live Streaming, Smooth Streaming)
? No Yes (receiving RTSP streams) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
(RTMP, RTMPT, Dynamic RTMP)
Yes ? ?
Firefly ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Flash Media Server Yes
(HTTP Live Streaming,HTTP Dynamic Streaming)
? No No No No No ? ? Yes No ? ?
EvoStream Media Server Yes
(HTTP Live Streaming, Smooth Streaming, HTTP Dynamic Streaming)
? No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
(RTMP, RTMPT, RTMPS, Dynamic RTMP)
Yes No No
Wowza Streaming Engine Yes
(HTTP Live Streaming, Smooth Streaming, HTTP Dynamic Streaming)
Yes
No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
(RTMP, RTMPE, RTMPTE, RTMPT, RTMPS, RTMP Dynamic Streaming)
Yes No ?
(Previewed at IBC & the NAB Show)
Darwin Streaming Server No ? ? Yes No Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Flumotion Streaming Server Yes ? ? No ? No ? ? ? No ? ? ?
FreeCast Yes ? ? No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Helix Universal Server Yes
(HTTP Live Streaming, MPEG-DASH, HTTP Progressive Streaming)
Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes ?
Helix DNA Server Yes No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes ? ? Yes ?
Windows Media Services Yes
(WM-HTTP)
? No Yes
(WM-RTSP)
Yes, for WMS 9.0 and earlier; removed in WMS 2008 (9.5)[3] Yes
(WM-RTSP)
No Yes
(WM-RTSP/U and MS-MSB)
Yes
(WM-RTSP/T and WM-HTTP)
No No No No
IIS Media Services Yes ? No No No No No No No No No No No
Icecast Yes ? ? No No No No ? ? ? ? ? ?
SHOUTcast Yes ? ? No No No No ? ? ? ? ? ?
Unified Streaming Platform Yes (HTTP Live Streaming, Smooth Streaming, HTTP Dynamic Streaming) Yes ? No No No No ? ? ? Yes No No
Nimble Streamer Yes (HTTP Live Streaming, Smooth Streaming) Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Name HTTP MPEG DASH WebRTC RTSP MMS RTP RTCP UDP TCP RTMP MPEG TS Real Data Transport WebM

Features[edit]

Name Client Playback Synchronization Web Interface Graphical User Interface
VLC media player Yes Yes Yes
Logitech Media Server Yes Yes No

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "index : feng". LSCube. 
  3. ^ David Nelson (10 December 2009). "Windows Media protocol reference". Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • See the container and protocol of VLC Media Player from here: [2]