Looking for Live streaming software


There are many types of live streaming web hosting service, most of them are monthly based subscription.  Our plan is to have it hosted locally; the one I found was Wowza which supports monthly subsections and hosted based software.

As a university we are hosting different events throughout the year, it would be better for use to host the service locally than monthly subscription.  

my question is, do you know any live streaming software and which ones do you recommend.
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why do you assume you need a software ?

what kind of requirements do you have that could not be met using a regular web server  ?

do you need file format conversion ? bitrate negociation ? rtsp or a similar protocol ? ...

various solutions will meet different needs

if your content is public and consists in a series of short videos, you can even upload them to fbk or a similar free network
I recommend http://obsproject.com because it is free and reliable.
uknet80Author Commented:
If I choose to upload video to third party live streaming web server.  Which ones are known the most reliable?
Christopher Jay WolffWiggle My Legs, OwnerCommented:

Have you considered Sorenson.  I hope this informantion gets you started.  Although out of date, please see this article discussing streaming video usage, that should allow you to link to more up to date information.

If it were me shopping, I would contact the IT department at a couple different universities that are listed as clients, to discover the pros and cons of their implementations, and the pitfalls they came across while implementing.  Nothing like first hand experience.

On Highwinds out of Florida,
They appear to have a good deal of business in gaming, yet specify education as one of their target markets.  You'd have to ask them if they'd sell the software without having to use their CDN.  They claim to offer free trial and will have their engineering staff work with you to compare your network abilities to theirs.  Also claim to have fabulous reporting to break down of costs by usage and department.  What I noticed is they list no universities in their customer list, that I could see, but they do list PBS.  If PBS is considered government (might be Corp. for Public Broadcasting instead.) and they had to go through government vetting and won the business, that would say a lot about their quality.  Please see...

On Sorenson out of Utah.
Their list of university customers speaks for itself.  Please see.

Good shopping.

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appreciate your help
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