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JWPlayer - Is Wowza my ONLY solution to this?


I'm looking to buy JWPlayer but need something resolved.

I was looking at Wowza because I believe it's the only way I can acquire an adaptive bitrate playback for my site users --For example, Youtube will AUTO select anything from 144p - 1080p depending on the viewers internet speed, I understand the same can be achieved using Wowza and JWPlayer.

However this little feature (Wowza) is $65/month - So I was wondering is there any alternative for adaptive bitrate streaming?

I know I can use Amazon S3 - but they only will playback one version of your video whereas Wowza apparently will play back the BEST version based on the viewers internet speed.

Appreciate any feedback.

4 Community Answers


1 rated :

Totally incorrect my friend

Using Amazon S3 you can stream MPEG DASH and Apple HLS adaptive bitrates over http

To explain how to do it... well,.that would take me a long time
If you are only doing vod and not live streaming, Amazon S3 is the best way to go.


JW Player Support Agent  
1 rated :

Hi, there!

Mark is right. We support adaptive streaming for any HLS host. You would just need to specify the different streams when creating your M3U8 manifest. You can find more information about it here:

Please let me know if you need any more help or have any other questions.

Thank you!


1 rated :

Oh really? So all I need is JWPlayer Premium and Amazon S3 along with some code in my Wordpress site and the adaptive bitrate steaming will work?



JW Player Support Agent  
1 rated :


It should, but if you have any issues with it, feel free to email us again at support [at] again.

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