Media Delivery

How does Wistia deliver the video content that you and your viewers enjoy? We use global CDNs to delivery our content around the world.

How does Wistia deliver video content?

We use several top tier global CDNs (content delivery networks) to deliver content around the world. When a viewer presses play on a Wistia video, they will be delivered a video from a server that is closest to them in physical location. This means faster load times and a better viewing experience. We deliver our content via adaptive streaming to deliver the best quality content at any given time. This means that, based on internet speeds of your viewers, we’ll flip between playback quality while the video is playing without interrupting playback. Pretty neat, if we do say so ourselves.

For each of your videos, we create several derivatives at different qualities, and then deliver the appropriate version depending on the internet speed of the viewer. We’ll continually monitor that speed, and increase or decrease that quality accordingly.

The Wistia player will automatically detect the environment in which your video is being watched, and will deliver the appropriate version for a great viewing experience. For more info on the specific encodes we check out our help page.

Can I host my videos myself or on another network (such as Amazon S3) while using Wistia?

In order to provide all of our customization features, deliver videos via our player, and accrue analytics for your videos, the content does need to be uploaded to Wistia and delivered via our CDNs.

Does Wistia support live streaming?

We do not have any live streaming capabilities at this time.