Wowza riding online education boom

The online education sector is continuing to see double-digit growth and is pushing demand for online video solutions. Online video technology company Wowza Media Systems says it's helping to foster that growth and now is used in more than 500 universities and colleges worldwide to deliver live, on demand and interactive content to students and faculty on multiple players and devices.

"Universities are discovering that lecture capture is a competitive advantage and of great benefit to 'millennial' learners, who are accustomed to convenience and to on-demand access to myriad content sources," said Wainhouse Research analyst and partner Alan Greenberg. "The beauty of streaming and lecture capture today is that they are more affordable than ever before."

Wowza recently deployed at the University of New South Wales in Sydney with solid results. "With Wowza Media Server 2 we are able to consolidate our media resources onto a single platform, while also opening the door to new campus IPTV and iPhone streaming capabilities for our UNSWTV and lecture recording services," said Patrick Stoddart, UNSW's manager of Web and Innovation. "The multi-client reach and flexibility of the Wowza server has made it an essential technology component underpinning our online media strategy."

Wowza Media Server received Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards in 2008 and 2009, and received the 2009 Best Innovation award for Wowza Media Server 2 which extends the platform beyond Flash with multi-protocol streaming to the iPhone/iPod® touch and other mobile devices, the Silverlight® player, QuickTime, and IPTV set-top boxes.

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