Pioneer years of StreamZilla

In 1994, StreamZilla founder Stef van der Ziel produced his first webcast at age 21, in the Simplon pop venue in our hometown Groningen. It was the first time someone was able to broadcast worldwide without the aid from broadcasters, cable operators, universities or telecom operators.

In 1995 Van der Ziel started a leading webcast production and web design company. He was the executive producer of a +55 staff that produced large scale webcast productions for pop music festivals, governments and enterprises.

Developing technologies

In the 1995 to 2001 years, many industry firsts were realized. The first webcasts in realaudio, realvideo, windows media and quicktime technologies. The largest webcasts with +20K audiences. The first user generated content. The first decentralized distribution server setup to handle the increasing loads over multiple access providers, and so on.

By lack of availability many innovative and unique streaming media and CDN technologies were developed in-house. Log processing tools for analysis. Smart asset and relay distribution. Intelligent monitoring and management software. Geographical recognition and dynamic user redirection software.

In 2001, Van der Ziel decided to switch focus from webcast production to streaming and CDN technologies. The leading webcasting position was outsourced to video production partners.

In 2002, Jet-Stream was launched. Jet-Stream focusses on advanced CDN and streaming media software development, projects and consultancy. Jet-Stream quickly became market leader in the Netherlands and Belgium.

StreamZilla early years

In 2003, a trial streaming platform was launched as a demonstration service for our technologies. Customers could test streams in RA, WMV, MOV, MP4 and 3GP formats and get in-depth professional statistics.

The demo service was so popular that a commercial service was launched in 2004 under a new brand name: StreamZilla. StreamZilla was powered by Jet-Stream key technologies and launched on the best performing networks and datahouses in the Netherlands. The unique, transparent e-commerce website was a success: StreamZilla was profitable in the first year.

In 2005, StreamZilla introduced Flat-Fee volume streaming. Instead of paying per GB, customers can order dedicated media server capacity with dedicated, guaranteed capacity links, at a extremely low monthly rate.

In 2006, StreamZilla went international. StreamZilla invested heavily in international capacity, translation of the services, e-commerce,  multilingual support and a resedigned website. This resulted in a fast growth. Realvideo support was stopped due to lack of demand.

Early 2006 StreamZilla introduced StroboScope, a low cost, high performance technology to deliver popular FLV files. Late 2006, StreamZilla added RTMP streaming for FLV (and later MP4) assets.

StreamZilla also started to migrate all delivery servers to efficient datacenters. By the end of 2006 all delivery servers were housed in energy efficient datacenters. StreamZilla became the first green CDN.

StreamZilla CDN

In 2007, StreamZilla was awarded a triple A+ status for international streaming performance. The A+ status was awarded for each streaming delivery protocol (RTSP, RTMP, MMS). This is the highest ranking a streaming operator can achieve.

In October 2008, StreamZilla won the Streaming Media Magazine Readers’ Choice Award for best European & UK CDN. StreamZilla also entered the top-50 most innovative and successful Dutch media and communication companies and won the Emerce Top 100 Streaming category.

In 2009, StreamZilla launched a new website and introduced a brand new self service CDN center based on the latest VDO-X technology. This advanced CDN application allows all StreamZilla customers to manage assets, live streams, manage distribution and see realtime statistics.

In 2010 StreamZilla introduced many innovations like support for HTTP adaptive streaming, Smooth Streaming and the concept of logical assets, to make management of multiple bit rate and HTML5 files and streams much easier.

In the years 2011-2013 the StreamZilla service kept growing internationally and Jet-Stream technologies were adopted by the largest telecom operators and vendors in the world. StreamZilla won various awards for most innovative technologies and fastest growing companies.

StreamZilla 2014

After ten years in business, StreamZilla is recognized as one of the most innovative and long-term service providers in Streaming Media. To take StreamZilla to even a higher level, we invested in new infrastructure, streaming media features, workflow technologies, CDN federation technologies, products, branding, and our organization.

StreamZilla is an innovative, award winning market leader. StreamZilla has been profitable every year, has no debts, no investors, owns a lot of unique IPR and is growing fast. We not only outperform our competitors on performance, features and support, we also grow faster and have a higher profitability rate. The profits are invested back into knowledge, technology and infrastructure, guaranteeing that StreamZilla stays your partner for the long term.