Hosting Plan Analysis

Hosting Plan Analysis

Available capacity based on resources refers to estimates. Exact numbers may differ depending on project.
We offer complete consulting services to plan and obtain the best live streaming technology for your project, with live streaming capabilities, bonuses, perks to get your project started quickly and efficiently. These plans refer to the streaming and hosting capabilities that make live streaming possible, not turnkey website platform and frontend.
Contact if you’re not sure what type of hosting and capacity you need for your project.

Full HTML5 Streaming Site & VOD refers to live streaming server services based on Wowza SE relaying (HTML5 WebRTC/HLS/MPEG-DASH & RTMP, RTSP) + CPanel web with VOD FFmpeg capabilities & WordPress Toolkit. Wowza SE provides scaling by using a relay server to distribute streams received from broadcasters.
These feature do not refer to P2P WebRTC capabilities – not required as Wowza SE provides WebRTC. A P2P signaling server / service can optionally be added to improve latency in private calls.

➡️ Scrolling right may be required to see all available plans, depending on screen resolution: 

Full HTML5 Streaming Site

  • Active Viewers est. (~532kbps)
  • Average Bitrate (mbps)
  • Serving Bitrate (mbps)
  • Client Upload (kbps) & Resolution
  • Monthly Transfer (Gb/mo)
  • Connections Limit (Streams)
  • Storage Space (Gb)
  • Web Transfer (Gb/mo)
  • Web Memory
  • Web CPU (threads)
  • Web Disk IO
  • Web Threads / Requests
  • Web Processes
  • Addon Domains (extra sites)
  • Park Domains (multisite)
  • Sent Emails (hourly)
  • 22 viewers
  • 6 mbps
  • 12 mbps
  • 1200k (480p)
  • 2000 Gb/mo
  • 50 streams
  • 100 Gb
  • 1000 Gb/mo
  • 2 Gb RAM
  • 1+ CPU
  • 10Mb/s IO
  • 10 req
  • 80 proc
  • No
  • +10 multi
  • 30 emails/h
  • 67 viewers
  • 18 mbps
  • 36 mbps
  • 3600k (720p)
  • 6000 Gb/mo
  • 100 streams
  • 300 Gb
  • 3000 Gb/mo
  • 4 Gb RAM
  • 2+ CPU
  • 20Mb/s IO
  • 20 web
  • 160 proc
  • +2 sites
  • +30 multi
  • 60 emails/h
  • 135 viewers
  • 36 mbps
  • 72 mbps
  • 6000k (1080p)
  • 12000 Gb/mo
  • 200 streams
  • 400 Gb
  • 4000 Gb/mo
  • 8 Gb RAM
  • 3+ CPU
  • 30Mb/s IO
  • 30 req
  • 240 proc
  • +5 sites
  • +50 multi
  • 90 emails/h
  • 225 viewers
  • 60 mbps
  • 120 mbps
  • 8000k (1080p)
  • 20000 Gb/mo
  • 400 streams
  • 500 Gb
  • 5000 Gb/mo
  • 16 Gb RAM
  • 4+ CPU
  • 40Mb/s IO
  • 40 req
  • 320 proc
  • +20 sites
  • +100 multi
  • 120 emails/h
  • 450 viewers
  • 120 mbps
  • 240 mbps
  • 16000k (2K)
  • 40000 Gb/mo
  • 800 streams
  • 1000 Gb
  • 10000 Gb/mo
  • 24 Gb RAM
  • 6+ CPU
  • 60Mb/s IO
  • 60 req
  • 480 proc
  • +50 sites
  • +200 multi
  • 180 emails/h
  • 670 viewers
  • 180 mbps
  • 360 mbps
  • 40000k (4K)
  • 60000 Gb/mo
  • 1200 streams
  • 2000 Gb
  • 20000 Gb/mo
  • 36 Gb RAM
  • 8+ CPU
  • 80Mb/s IO
  • 80 req
  • 540 proc
  • Unlimited
  • Unlimited
  • 360 emails/h

Remote: Streaming Only refers to using Wowza SE in addition to a different web hosting server that meets rest of project requirements. Wowza SE provides scaling by distributing streams using the relay server, support for RTMP to HLS (OBS, Larix Broadcaster app), ability to record streams (because relayed).
Website needs to run on a different web host and configured to use a Streaming Only setup for the streaming part (HTML5 WebRTC/HLS/MPEG-DASH & RTMP, RTSP). These features refer only to streaming server services.
These features do not include P2P WebRTC par (not required, but can be used as extra capability for better latency in private calls).
Warning: Certain features require web host to have FFmpeg. Some features like RTSP re-streaming, archiving all streams server side, VOD as live stream, playlists are only available with complete plans, because web & streaming need access to same filesystem : see remote streaming requirements & limitations.

Streaming Only

  • Active Viewers (~532kbps)
  • Serving Bitrate (mbps)
  • Client Upload (kbps) / Resolution
  • Connections Limit (Streams)
  • Monthly Transfer (Gb/mo)
  • Average Bitrate (mbps)
  • 22
  • 12
  • 1200 (480p)
  • 50
  • 2000
  • 6
  • 45
  • 24
  • 2400 (720p)
  • 100
  • 4000
  • 12
  • 100
  • 54
  • 5000 (1080p)
  • 150
  • 9000
  • 27
  • 220
  • 120
  • 8000 (1080p)
  • 400
  • 20000
  • 60
  • 900
  • 480
  • 40000 (4K)
  • 1600
  • 80000
  • 240

Free (Bonus) Installation / Configuration is included for all proposed and available features.

Suitability, Limitations and Special Requirements for Streaming Only plans

Multiple features depend on existing web hosting, where solution web scripts are deployed.
On demand dynamic transcoding and stream snapshots are only available if FFMPEG and involved codecs is available and accessible on web hosting where solution is deployed. 

Remote streaming is usually suitable if you already have a video sharing hosting plan and just need live streaming services (without archiving/recording/restreaming or vod trough streaming server).
Remote Streamings plans are not suitable for regular budget web hosts that don’t include necessary video tools like ffmpeg and html5 codecs. Ex: GoDaddyHostGator. Most budget web hosts will not provide or allow FFMPEG on their shared plans.

Limitations for Remote Streaming

These features are not available when using streaming remotely:

  • archiving or importing of archived streams, because streams go trough streaming server and require hosting space
  • scheduling playlists, because configuration smil files need to be managed on streaming server
  • re-streams of RTSP (IP cam) or other streams, because configuration stream files need to be managed on streaming server

Requirements for Remote Streaming

These requirements are needed on web host, where solution web scripts are deployed:
FFMPEG Requirements:  For adaptive streaming between various types of sources and player devices, advanced solutions like involve on demand dynamic transcoding between different encodings specific to webrtc, rtmp, rtsp, hls.  Adaptive various input and output types can’t be setup as static transcoding configurations as each channel can be broadcast/playback using different methods, that adapt dynamically to broadcaster and viewers.
Latest FFMPEG is required with codecs like H264, AAC, Opus, Speex, NellyMoser depending on input/output formats that need to be supported. Also server configuration must allow process to be called by web scripts, with necessary resources and for necessary streaming duration.
For generating snapshots, process needs permissions to write the snapshot file in web account files. For VPS and dedicated servers, FFMPEG installation is available for additional fees.
– Web Access Requirements: Videochat applications require Session Control to manage streaming access and status, show live webcams as online. Session Control involves streaming server requests to web server, in order to authorize and update streaming sessions. Some web hosting rules or web firewalls (including CloudFlare) may reject web requests from streaming server. Also plugins/settings that prevent access without login to wp-admin/admin-ajax.php (from streaming server). If advanced administrative assistance to configure such access is not available, the turnkey complete plans are recommended,  On complete plans access is already available on same server and experienced administrators can also assist with web related issues.

Remote WebRTC Only refers to latency optimal P2P live streaming based on the VideoWhisper WebRTC server + a STUN/TURN server for relaying.  Recommend for optimal latency and quality in private calls or high interactivity scenarios.
– For P2P WebRTC streams are encoded, encrypted and transmitted between each 2 peers, although encrypted data usually needs to be relayed through a TURN server because most internet users can’t directly connect to each other.
– These features do not refer to web hosting, Wowza SE live streaming services (recommended for 1 to many scaling) with RTMP support for OBS/Larix, listing live streams with server generated snapshots, recording streams. For commercial & advanced projects, P2P streaming can be added to provide better latency and quality, in private calls.
An optimal setup is for 1 to many streaming to use a highly scalable relay like RTMP to HLS via Wowza SE and private calls to be done using P2P WebRTC for best latency.

Remote P2P WebRTC Only

Popular Choice
  • Streams ~532kbps
  • 1 Way Viewers
  • 2 Way Privates
  • Max Resolution
  • Max Frame Rate
  • Max Bitrate
  • Max Audio Bitrate
  • Total Account Bitrate
  • Max Connections
  • 5
  • 3
  • 1
  • 640x360p
  • 15 fps
  • 750 kbps
  • 32 kbps
  • 2.7 Mbps
  • 10
  • 90
  • 45
  • 23
  • 854x480p
  • 24 fps
  • 1200 kbps
  • 64 kbps
  • 50 Mbps
  • 100
  • 180
  • 90
  • 45
  • 1280x720p HD
  • 30 fps
  • 2500 kbps
  • 96 kbps
  • 100 Mbps
  • 200
  • 460
  • 230
  • 110
  • 1920x1080p FHD
  • 48 fps
  • 6000 kbps
  • 128 kbps
  • 250 Mbps
  • 500
  • 930
  • 460
  • 230
  • 2560x1440p 2K
  • 60 fps
  • 10000 kbps
  • 192 kbps
  • 500 Mbps
  • 1000
  • 1800
  • 900
  • 450
  • 3840x2160p 4K
  • 120 fps
  • 40000 kbps
  • 256 kbps
  • 1000 Mbps
  • 2000
  • Free Developers accounts are available for limited time and may be discontinued or changed  anytime in the future. You get a token key and server address instantly, after contact email confirmation. If you have trouble receiving confirmation check Spam folders and use a Gmail address.
    Registration is subject to terms and policies referenced on VideoWhisper websites including Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, Support Policy.
  • For even better latency, accounts can be deployed on servers in locations close to users. Further scaling could implement load balancing with different accounts in different locations. Consult VideoWhisper and specify where are your users from, for options and suggestions.
  • After ordering, if you already have a free account, it can be adjusted for seamless project upgrade without need to change key.
  • If you need clarifications, suggestions for solutions/services or assistance with installation/configuration, Consult Support.
  • Purchases include installation assistance, per Terms and Conditions below & Support Policy.
  • The VideoWhisper P2P WebRTC signaling server can also be installed on own dedicated server.

P2P WebRTC using STUN/TURN Relay

  • Total Account Bitrate : Limitation on maximum streaming bitrate that can be used for an account, by adding maximum video + audio bitrate of all connected broadcasters and players.
  • Streams ~532kbps : An estimate for maximum number of simultaneous streams that could be supported with video bitrate set at 500kbps and audio bitrate at 32kbps (as available in demo mode). Higher quality reduces capacity.
  • 1 Way Viewers : Maximum simultaneous viewers a broadcaster can stream to when also watching own preview, based on streams estimate. For P2P WebRTC, broadcaster encodes and transmits stream separately, so for each viewer. TURN server needs to handle 2 streams (in and out). Due to P2P upload limitations it’s not a recommended use case.
  • 2 Way Privates : Maximum simultaneous 2 way video calls, where both users broadcast and watch video, based on streams estimate. For each call, TURN server receives 2 streams and sends 2 streams (one for each user).
  • Max Resolution : Maximum video resolution.
  • Max Frame Rate : Maximum video frame rate.
  • Max Bitrate : Maximum video bitrate.
  • Max Audio Bitrate : Maximum audio bitrate.
  • Max Connections : Maximum simultaneous connections (streams). This limitations makes sense when account also handles audio only streaming and streaming bitrate limit is not reached first.

P2P Limitations: Peer to peer streaming requires broadcaster to stream a separate stream to each of the peers. This is optimal for latency on private calls or 1 to few viewers.  P2P for 1 to many viewers requires great processing resources and upload connection bitrate.
For scaling to 1 to many scenarios, Wowza SE relaying is recommended, where broadcaster publishes only 1 stream to server and server distributes that stream to all room viewers.

Streaming using Wowza SE

  • Monthly Transfer (Gb/mo) limits total transfer available each month for streaming (all live streaming protocols). For Complete plans there is also additional allocation of Web Transfer (Gb/mo) for web requests (http, ftp, mail) .
  • Active Viewers number is an estimation of viewers capacity based on available plan streaming bitrate, for 600kbps 360p streams.  Resolutions of 360p and lower are suitable for web streaming, videochat, video conferencing apps with chat and other interface elements sharing same screen. Full screen video requires higher resolution for good quality. Higher stream quality/bitrate will require more server bitrate and result in lower simultaneous users capacity.
  • Connections Limit is maximum number of streams that can be active at same time (for broadcast or playback). Not really relevant unless project involves audio only streaming and bitrate limits are not reached first. For 1 way streaming, each user consumes 1 stream. For 2 way video calls, each consumes 2 (broadcast + playback). In conferencing / collaboration rooms, each user can consume multiple streams.
  • Average Bitrate (mbps) is calculated based on monthly transfer. It’s an estimation of average bandwidth required to consume monthly transfer fluently 24/7, not a plan limit.
  • Serving Bitrate (mbps) is maximum server to clients bitrate limit (2x average bitrate). Mainly refers to bitrate consumed by stream viewers.
  • Client Upload / Resolution (kbps) limits bitrate a client can broadcast to server (and maximum resolution for good stream quality). High bitrate per user limits reduces number of maximum users. Resolution is not limited, is only included as guideline for quality streaming within that bitrate. For low movement scenes as static background videoconference and videochat, lower bitrate is required compared to high motion videos, sports or games.

Web Hosting

  • Storage Space is fully available for your website files and data on a multiple disks RAID configuration for better performance & reliability compared to single disk setups. Account files are usually stored in RAID5 and MySQL data in RAID1.
  • VideoWhisper provides mainly consulting services. Other types of services may be provided as bonuses, perks to clients or for free (as the P2P WebRTC Developers plan) based on registration.
  • These plans refer to hosting capabilities that make live streaming features possible, not platform (website) frontend. Proposed technical solutions involve hardware, software, communication technologies and training, know how & assistance to setup / run / configure / customize various features and functionalities on own platform.
    Consulting services are provided for choosing and obtaining appropriate server hardware & software (from various providers), configurations, website software, services, technologies, installations & integrations to make the advertised features possible on own client platform. Delivery of these plans includes instructions (training) to access / use main features, configure for own specific needs, priority support (per support terms on contact pages).
  • Any services are provided per VideoWhisper Terms of Service / Use .
  • Installation of all features on complete hosted plans requires pointing your domain/subdomain to the compatible hosting account. Setup on other host with remote streaming involves feature limitations and is possible only with specific web host requirements (usually not available on regular web hosts).
  • If you don’t have a domain registered for this project, yet, you can register a new domain for your project. Use coupon: videowhisper with suggested registar or use any other dedicated registrar.
    Please make sure you register a non-offensive domain that meets Terms of Use and will not cause disruptions with service providers (domain registrars, data centers, billing websites). 
  • The hosted accounts and proposed technical solutions do not come pre-loaded with content. VideoWhisper provides services related to technical solutions exclusively, and not site content. 
  • Subscriptions are billed automatically until canceled and service is renewed on each charge. Subscriptions can be canceled anytime from the billing site where order was placed. Cancellation can be done from billing site where you ordered (Stripe, BlueSnap, PayPal), not by technical support. If you wish to terminate a subscription, make sure you cancel it before next billing date, to stop renewal.
    – If you ordered on Stripe, use Stripe Customer Portal to manage your subscription and billing details, with your order email, pe Stripe Terms.
    – If you ordered on BlueSnap, you can Manage billing details / subscriptions / invoices – web based and automated (does not involve support), on billing site per BlueSnap billing Terms and Conditions. To manage BlueSnap billing, you can retrieve credentials from BlueSnap site (use order number and order email to get account details), for each order. When ordering through a reseller like BlueSnap Inc, you are buying the services from that reseller.
  • Support: Although VideoWhisper provides complete consulting and various bonuses/perks, each business owner is running own site / platform.
    This involves some time, patience, technical abilities for website management or willingness to learn. Additional site staff (webmaster/consultant) can be used to run and manage own site, depending on volume and feature complexity.
    VideoWhisper can assist with configuring/troubleshooting proposed solution plugins, suggesting 3rd party plugins/services, clarifications. 
  • Services can only be provided to websites that meet all legal requirements for their specific activity/content and do not abuse network:
    – Copyrights Terms: As hosting servers are located in Canada, the Notice and Notice Regime applies (not US DMCA).
    – Usage Terms: VideoWhisper Terms of Use, Privacy Policy apply for consulting services and support, Site2Stream Terms & Website Services Contract for site services.

Proposed hosting resources are realistic for video streaming. Bandwidth is a statistical tool for estimating hosting requirements.
The real hosting limits are hosting resources (CPU, memory, connection). Bandwidth limitations are designed to assist in scaling hosting resources correctly: maxing out resource capacity results in major slow down, buffering, frame loss, errors and users not being able to connect.
Plans are balanced with service reliability and performance in mind (to prevent disconnects, long buffering, latency).

Not to be confused with budget hosting plans that advertise very high or unlimited bandwidth/space that can’t be used due to missing services or hidden constraints.
The secret behind budget host offers is hosting hundreds of sites on a server and hidden terms and practices that never allow using too much bandwidth or space. In example:

  • no live streaming server software present or allowed, to prevent clients from using too much cpu/memory/bitrate
  • ffmpeg not available and not allowed as it requires high cpu, disabling video/stream analysis, conversions, transcoding, snapshots
  • processing limitations that kill demanding processes like video conversion for bigger files (including memory, cpu, simultaneous processes)
  • space limitations that apply for video / file sharing sites as exception to “unlimited space”, in hidden terms
  • upload limitations that prevent users from uploading big videos
  • restrictive resource limitations that slows your site as soon as it begins to have some traffic
  • shared bandwidth on 10Mbps or 100 Mbps shared connection for hundreds of sites where you will not be able to use much of the “unlimited” bandwidth
  • prices they list are for very long term like 3 years, so webmasters commit before being able to test on monthly basis or use for limited time projects/experiments: while tests with few users can go smoothly at beginning, when load increases site can no longer handle the large volume of traffic due to limited resources

Our main business is live video streaming software and we provide realistic hosting plans where our client sites can fully work and perform. All our plans are premium, with advanced functionality, on powerful servers and networks that host a limited number of premium sites.

* Mogul

  • These plans refer to performance beyond regular dedicated server grade, on high spec servers with more disks in RAID, more CPU threads and memory availble for other server services.
    While on a dedicated server with 32Gb RAM that’s used for operating system, streaming services and web account processes, on Mogul plan 36Gb is available in full to web account and there’s more RAM on server for operating system, cache, streaming services. Same for CPU cores: while on a dedicated server there’s 8 cores for everything, on Mogul plan there’s +8 cores available web account and more cores for system tasks.