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Best Media Server Software for 2024

Shivashish Published on : 03 April 2024
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Hosting your content on the internet is easy but hosting right to ensure its smooth delivery across multiple types of devices around the world is a tedious task. Today the internet has made the world a closer place and content gets streamed from one end to the other thanks to high-speed internet and lightning-fast content delivery networks. A good media server software that harnesses the powers of both becomes crucial for business and in this blog, we are going to discuss some of the best media server software available in the market and will guide you to make a better choice. 

What Is Media Server Software?

A media server software in simple words is a tool that optimizes the delivery of the media assets of your business such as audio and video files to the applications of your choice such as websites, mobile and TV applications, and many more. 

A good media server software empowers a platform to host and manage media of their platform seamlessly via admin pages and also provides essential piracy protection measures and monitors streaming to give actionable insights that matter. Popular media server software such as Muvi Flex comes with out-of-the-box deployment of media assets for your business including a fully customizable HTML5-based online video player that works on all major platforms and ecosystems.

 

How To Select The Best Media Server Software

All major media server software offer similar features but are also different from each other in terms of a lot of parameters such as the CDN’s global network expansion, privacy policy, deployment and service costs, documentation and customer support, and many more. A careful analysis must be done to decide what works best for your business. Here are 5 important factors to consider while choosing the best media server software for your video streaming platform.

Licensing & Deployment Cost Analysis

Do a budget analysis and decide what platform to choose for your video streaming needs as more often than not it is going to be a major cost for your business. Usually, the consumption of bandwidth is recurring and deployment is a one-time cost with some monthly subscription amount for maintenance of the platform. Select the video hosting that works best according to your business.

Multiple Format & Protocol Support

The media can be recorded in multiple formats and at the same time more than one protocol might be used to stream those content onto the platform. Hence, choose that media server software that hosts and streams your media assets with the best protocols and allows you the flexibility to make decisions if you have to.

Analytics That Matter

Choose a media server that provides robust analytics and reporting tools, allowing you to track user engagement, content popularity, and other relevant metrics. This ensures that you get the right performance metrics for your content and empowers you to make informed decisions. 

Reliable Customer Support

Any platform can run into issues. What is important is a reliable customer support system that ensures there is maximum uptime and even when problems arise they are resolved immediately and do not cost the business. Always opt for media server software that gives the best customer experience in the form of chat support, documentation, help videos, etc.

Compatibility & Scalability

The primary job of any media server software is to deliver media across the globe of devices. Now with the growing internet and versatility in terms of devices available, it becomes difficult to predict what the audience might be using. Hence, your media server software must also be optimized to deliver media on all major platforms and ecosystems. At the same time, the platform must also be scalable for future upgrades.

 

5 Best Media Server Software For 2024

So these were a few parameters that you must consider before choosing the media server that you plan to deploy for your business.  We have curated a list of the top 5 media server platforms that we think should be considered to deploy for your media files. Let’s get started.

Muvi Flex

Muvi Flex is one of the most secure video hosting platforms for your business. Backed by the streaming software giant, Muvi, it comes with all the necessary features that can make your video reach all corners of the world at the best possible quality at competitive prices. No matter the bandwidth of the user, Flex while optimizing your content delivers exceptional viewing experience for all your viewers across a wide range of devices. Here are a few features that make Muvi Flex the best media server software for your business. 

Platform Features

Flex comes with lightning-fast built-in CDN that supports streaming in multiple formats across the globe. It also gives you the option to merge your audio, video, images, and metadata in RSS feeds, and showcase them on any third-party sites. Lastly, Flex supports bulk uploads so that you don’t need to sit and upload all your content one by one and tediously add meta descriptions to it.

Monetization Opportunities

Muvi Flex comes with seamless integration of Video Multiple Ad Playlist (VMAP) that gives campaign controls, allows you to deploy skippable and non-skippable ads, gives ad blocker alerts, and strategic ad insertions, and manages all of this effortlessly via unified ad management systems.

Fully Functional Player & CMS 

Muvi provides a cross-platform and cross-browser compatible HTML5-based online video player that supports adaptive bitrate streaming, subtitle support, and multiple encoding options to choose from. Additionally, with Muvi Media Connect, you can effortlessly integrate the media with any of your WordPress-based websites. 

Content Security

Muvi Flex comes with a multi-DRM security approach that protects your content by encrypting it and delivering media using effective licensing management protocols as defined by global leaders such as Apple, Android, and Microsoft.

Pricing

Standard plans start at US$ 199 a month. 

 

Vimeo

Vimeo is one of the best video management tools available in the market that offers collaborative features making it easy to create partnerships with content using its elaborate permission management setup, admins can easily monitor content and contributors. Vimeo is fully customizable which means it does not put its logo on the content that gets published on your websites and applications. 

Features

  • Multiple 3rd party integrations 
  • Great for collaborations
  • Looking for AI integrations to amplify content creation and distribution
  • Video marketing tools

Pricing

Plans start at US$ 20 per month per user

 

Wistia

Wistia is a video marketer heaven thanks to its ad possibilities that can be deployed on the HTML5 video player as required. While there is a free version of Wistia to try, it is very limited in its deliverables. One of the best video hosting services in the market, if you are looking to create lead gen forms for your videos, Wistia can be a good option to consider.

Features

Pricing

Professional plans start at US$ 99 per month.

 

Kaltura

Kaltura is an open-sourced video hosting platform that primarily focuses on tools for education and streaming of virtual events on a global scale. One of the most customizable platforms, it offers a free trial but the free version is very limited in terms of its offerings and ultimately you must have to upgrade to an enterprise plan to extract maximum benefits.

Features

  • Feature-rich for webinars and live events
  • Open-source software
  • Ai-infused video solution

Pricing

Contact sales

YouTube

The name needs no introduction. It would not be wrong to say that YouTube is the biggest video hosting platform in the world in terms of the content library it hosts. It is free to use as we all know and offers zero to low customization in terms of how you wish to deploy your content. However, backed by Google, YouTube is the best free-to-use video hosting service you will ever find. 

Features

  • It’s free but with limitations such as a non-customizable video player that has YouTube’s branding.
  • Offers monetization via ads, super chat, premium memberships, etc.

So these were the top 5 best media server software that can cater to any professional video hosting and delivery requirements. While each one has its own pros and cons, ultimately a careful audit of your requirements should be the only decisive factor in selecting your video hosting service. 

Our advice: Take maximum free trials and test multiple software before selecting what works

 

Get Muvi Flex: Best Media Server Software

If you are looking for a video hosting solution that delivers great performance every time and offers a long list of features at very affordable prices, try Muvi Flex today. With robust analytics and social publishing capabilities, Flex ensures that your content reaches your audience as per defined protocols as decided by you. 

Muvi Flex and its team are available 24/7 to talk to and you can schedule a call with us to understand Muvi Flex and why it will be the best strategic video investment. 

Get a free 14-day trial today.

FAQs

Media server software refers to a type of application or program that allows users to store, organize, and stream various types of media files, such as videos, music, and images onto various platforms on the internet.

Yes, you can convert your PC into a 3rd party media server using software. This will enable you to organize your media files into folders, and then access and stream them from any device on the same network for convenient entertainment.

When choosing media server software, prioritize features like robust file organization capabilities for easy navigation. Look for transcoding options to ensure compatibility with various devices and network conditions.

Written by: Shivashish

Shivashish works as a content writer at Muvi. He has worked in domains like e-commerce, employee engagement, sports and entertainment. A poet by heart, Shivashish believes in creating quality content that is rich in information and easy to understand.

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