Save your FREE seat for Streaming Media Connect this August. Register Now!

Microsoft Azure Media Services Adds HD Live Streaming

Article Featured Image

IBC begins tomorrow, and all the major players are preparing their fall announcements. Today, Microsoft shared several pieces of news for Azure Media Services, including that the platform is gaining HD-quality live streaming for popular devices and platforms including iOS, Android, Windows, and Adobe Flash.

As Sudheer Sirivara, director of Azure Media Services, wrote in a blog post, today marks the public preview of the platform's Live Streaming and Content Protection offerings. Already used at the Sochi Olympics and the World Cup, the offerings are scalable and reliable, Sirivara said.

To safeguard premium video content, Azure Media is also releasing content protection that includes static and dynamic encryption, first party PlayReady license delivery, and an AES 128-key delivery service.

“Broadcasters and premium content owners spend significant amounts of money and resources each year to host, manage, support, and distribute their media,” Sirivara said. “Now with Azure Media Services, customers can move that infrastructure to the cloud."

Microsoft announced new partners to the platform. Telestream Wirecast is now integrated with Azure Media Services, meaning publishers can easily send video from Wirecast's production software to Azure.  Newtek Tricaster also now integrates with the platform, as does JW Player.

Microsoft will lead five keynote sessions at IBC.

Streaming Covers
for qualified subscribers
Subscribe Now Current Issue Past Issues
Related Articles

NAB 17: Microsoft Announces Partners, Prepares for Transition

No longer a side business, streaming video is now part of the core business. Microsoft announces partnerships with Avid and VDMS to support the cloud transformation.

Microsoft Video Pulse in Open Preview, Collects Viewer Feedback

Audience reaction survey tool Microsoft Pulse gains a new skill, and can now be used to solicit feedback on recorded MP4 videos.

Microsoft Previews Azure Media Analytics Platform at NAB

A modular suite of components lets Azure customers gain more information from their videos, such as detecting faces and even emotions, and reading the text from slides.

Microsoft: How to Keep Dull Webcasts Out of Your Enterprise

Are employees watching in-house webcasts because they have to or because they want to? Learn the secrets of creating compelling enterprise video.

How Windows Azure Sees the Future of MPEG-DASH Adoption

HTML5 and DASH are critical to the future of streaming audio and video, and that future is almost here.

Windows Azure Media Services Now in General Availability

Microsoft's platform is now ready for customers looking for a scalable end-to-end media solution that can upload, encode, and deliver content.