Haivision and Wowza Form SRT Alliance

From left: Haivision EVP and CMO Peter Maag, Haivision Senior Director, Product Marketing Marcus Schioler and David Stubenvoll, CEO and co-founder of Wowza

On Monday, Wowza Media Systems and Haivision helped make the “open source” trend of NAB 2017 a bit stronger. The pair announced the founding of the SRT Alliance and the open source availability of SRT, a video transport protocol to enable the delivery of high-quality, secure, low-latency video across the public internet.

Peter Maag, EVP and chief marketing officer of Haivision, said that despite advances in internet streaming, live video transport has faced a variety of latency challenges, including complications from origin network conditions, CDN caching and video transcoding and last-mile network congestion.

To solve these challenges, Haivision and Wowza are making SRT available as an open source full-stack protocol they say provides a secure and reliable solution for low-latency video transport with packet loss recovery, end-to-end security with AES encryption, network health monitoring between endpoints and simplified firewall traversal. Developers can use SRT to send video over any network, including the public internet.

Applied on encoders, streaming servers, decoders, set-top boxes and embedded media players, SRT presents a fundamental technology for high-performance end-to-end video streaming. It is now available on GitHub as source code with build tools, along with sample applications. Wowza and Haivision are demonstrating the open source SRT protocol at NAB Show at the Renaissance Hotel in a second-floor suite.