Compare RTMP Hosting Types

 Hosting Type
Plans RTMP Host Wowza Host Red5 Host Red5 VPS Red5 Dedicated Wowza Dedicated
Starting Price  $9 $50 $50 $60 $250  $300
Setup Time 1 day 1 day 1 day 3 days 5 days 5 days
Starting Bandwidth/Mo 1000 Gb 2000 Gb 2500 Gb Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Bitrate Limit Variable 1000 Mbps  1000 Mbps  100 Mbps  1000 Mbps  1000 Mbps
Users Limit Variable Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Live Streaming Yes Yes Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
 Video Chat Yes  Yes Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes
Video Recording No Yes  NR  NR NR Yes
HLS, MPEG DASH No Yes No No No Yes
24/7 IP Camera No Yes No  No No Yes
Playlists Schedule No Yes No  No  No  Yes
VOD No Yes Yes  Yes Yes Yes
Custom RTMP Apps No  Reviewed  Reviewed  Yes  Yes Yes
RTMP Session Control No   Yes  No  No No   Yes
HTML5 WebRTC No Yes No No No Yes
Upload Detection Yes Yes No  No No Yes
Web Hosting No CPanel CPanel  Plesk WHM CPanel WHM CPanel
Video/Stream Conversion No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Document Conversion No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Starting Storage Space No 30 Gb 33 Gb 20 Gb 2x 2000 Gb 2x 2000 Gb
Dedicated IP No Yes Yes Yes Multiple Multiple
HTTPS (SSL Certificate) No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


  • NR = Not Recommended. Red5 can be used for recording/archiving but often produced skipped frames in our tests.
  • Plesk = Managed web hosting on VPS is available based on Plesk for 10 domains.
  • CPanel = Managed web hosting with a CPanel account. Higher plans allow multiple domains.
  • WHM CPanel = Host unlimited domains, cpanel accounts.
  • All hosting types include managed RTMP, meaning our staff manages installation and configuration of RTMP side.
  • Hosting types based on Wowza Streaming Engine don’t involve extra Wowza licensing costs, because our servers are already licensed.
  • Video Conversion, VOD: Converting videos and transcoding requires site scripts to be deployed on included web hosting (use same server for web and rtmp).
    Managing archived videos requires web scripts (hosting) on same server with RTMP (where videos are saved). Web scripts need to access rtmp archived videos in same file system (on same server).
    This is required for Video Recorder to convert FLV videos to HTML5 MP4, Video Consultation or Video Messenger in presentation mode for adding video slides, importing and publishing streaming archives from all apps with Video Share VOD.
  • Document Conversion: Is used by some applications like Video Consultation to import documents like DOC, PDF, PPD as image slides in presentations. This require specific tools on web host like OpenOffice/LibreOffice, ImageMagick, Unoconv.
  • Playlists: Scheduling playlists requires web scripts  that generate playlists and videos (uploaded, recorded) on same server with Wowza rtmp, so it can play videos as live streams. RTMP needs to access web videos, playlist files in same file system (on same server).
    This is required in BroadcastLiveVideo, PaidVideochat solutions to setup playlists as live streams / virtual performers.
  • HTTPS is required by certain browsers (Chrome) to allow webcam publishing. More browsers may include this requirement in future updates.
  • Transcoding: Although video conversion capability on included web hosting allows converting streams, distributing these over HLS/MPEG dash requires Wowza rtmp server type.
  • Hosting plans don’t include VideoWhisper software license – this must be ordered separately to run software in full mode.
  • Dedicated servers with 2x disks can be configured with SoftRaid for replication (recommended for speed and reliability) or all space can be used to maximize storage capacity.

Read more about RTMP Hosting Options. For more details and clarifications, contact us.