Wowza aims to liberate content providers to reach any screen

"Democratization" is the word of the moment. That's what Wowza Media Systems' CEO Dave Stubenvoll is saying about the company's new multiprotocol unified media streaming platform, i.e. media server. "This is about the democratization of video and unchaining the industry from special-interest media platforms, protocols and players … one platform to reach them all."

The important thing to know about the new Wowza Media Server 2 Advanced is that it unifies all streaming media delivery on one multiprotocol system. The same system delivers content to PCs, netbooks, mobile phones and IPTV set-top boxes without the need for separate, client-specific technologies for each.

Spanish national broadcast channel La Sexta Online, TV and radio news service Livestation and time-shifted TV provider TVCatchup are among the Wowza customers using the preproduction version of Media Server 2 Advanced. Wowza expects full availability before the end of the year.

Wowza will be demonstrating Media Server 2 Advanced at Media West 2009, Nov. 17-19, 2009, at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA, Booth 527.You can download a free trial copy of Wowza here.