Wowza Fires Back at Adobe in Flash Patent Suit

Wowza has responded to Adobe’s patent infringement lawsuit, arguing that its development of an alternative version of Adobe’s RTMPe encrypted streaming protocol isn’t covered by the patents claimed. Furthermore, it says its streaming server is still covered under Adobe’s openly licensed RTMP Specification.

Adobe Takes Wowza to Court Over Flash Patents

Adobe is taking Wowza Media to court, suing it for patent infringement related to its Flash Media Server. Adobe filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California last week, alleging patent infringement, false advertising and unfair competition.

Flash, Silverlight & iPhone — Is Wowza the One Streaming Server to Rule Them All?

Why use one streaming server for Flash and one for Silverlight and another for delivery to the iPhone, when you can deliver to all those platforms (and more!) with a single piece of equipment? If that’s a pitch that sounds attractive to you, then maybe you’re in the market for the latest version of Wowza’s Media Server.

The new product, which the company made generally available to customers today, enables a full any-to-any video delivery platform — meaning it can feed in video from any H.264 encoding source and deliver to all the major video platforms, without the need for client-specific encoders or streaming servers. By enabling content producers, CDNs and other customers to deliver Flash, Silverlight, iPhone, Quicktime or MPG streams with a single infrastructure, Wowza enables them to lower the overall cost of delivering video to multiple clients.

Since announcing the product earlier this year, Wowza has been slow to roll it out to customers, in an effort to work out any kinks before making it generally available. It’s been testing the product with 1,200 of its customers worldwide, including 300 full deployments.

“Of the 300 customers that are fully deployed, the vast majority are using this for multiple device delivery,” Dave Stubenvoll, CEO of Wowza, said in an interview with NewTeeVee. “Without Wowza, it would be economically unfeasable to do so.” He pointed to customers like Livestream, which uses the Wowza Media Server for streaming to Flash players online, as well as the iPhone. Without a streaming server like Wowza, the video streaming startup would need separate encoders for iPhone streams, which typically draw a much smaller audience than in-browser streams.

In addition, the product can be deployed on any OS, including Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Solaris and Unix — so customers can use pretty much any commodity off-the-shelf server available for streaming. The server also offers better performance than other options on the market, according to Wowza supporting up to 10Gbps throughput.

The new Wowza Media Server is available under a software subscription model for $65 a month per server instance, or as a Perpetual Edition license at $995. The upgrade is free for Wowza Pro Unlimited and Unlimited with MPEG-TS licenses that were purchased after April 8. For those purchased beforehand, there is a $249 per license upgrade fee. All subscription licensees and Amazon (s amzn) EC2 Edition licensees will receive the upgrade for free.

Vid-Biz: YouTube, Conviva, RollingShutter

Music Videos Back Online on YouTube in the UK; video site reaches agreement with the PRS for Music rights collection society; premium videos to return in the next few days. (YouTube Biz Blog) Speaking of online music videos, Vevo is reportedly in talks with NBC and CBS to develop original programming for its forthcoming music video site. (Reuters)
NBCU CTO Leaves for Conviva; Darren Feher will be CEO of the online video distribution company, which has a multi-year agreement with NBCU. (paidContent)
RollingShutter Removes Video Wiggle; plug-in tool for After Effects straightens objects that get tilted because of the CMOS sensors. (The Foundry)

Livestation and Telestream Pick Wowza for Multiple Screen Streaming; the Wowza Media Server 2 streams live entertainment to devices like the iPhone. (emailed release)
NDS and TNS Team Up for Individual TV Tracking; the opt-in service is able to monitor viewing habits of individual users. (Multichannel News)
Cable Cos Cry Foul Over Franchise Fees; they are lobbying hard to get a law passed in California that would require satellite operators to pay up to provide service. (The LA Times)

Vid-Biz: Charter, Sling, Rebel

Charter Communications Files for Chapter 11; country’s fourth-largest cable co. in pre-arranged re-org to reduce its debt by roughly $8 billion. (Multichannel News)
SlingPlayer Mobile for BlackBerry Exits Beta; download costs $30 and only works over Wi-Fi. (GigaOM) News comes a day after Liz broke the story about a TV episode service coming to BlackBerry.
New Canon Rebel Ti Shoots HD Video; the DSLR still camera costs $800 and can shoot 1080p at 20 frames per second. (Gadgetwise Blog)
AMC to Add 1,500 3D Screens; installations already underway, with new 3D screens to be spread through out the U.S. and Canada. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Wowza Says it Has Doubled its User Base in Six Months; streaming server vendor attributes some of its growth to the launch of a subscription model, with prices starting at $65 per month. (Contentinople)
Bebo’s b-box Hits 4 Million Views; entertainment web show uses the Ooyala video player. (emailed release)