Microsoft Announces Live Streaming And Content Protection Offerings As Part Of Azure Media Services

Azure Media Services Update

Microsoft partnered with broadcasters of 2014 Winter Games and 2014 FIFA World Cup to deliver an internet scale streaming solution for serving of millions of customers globally. Today, Microsoft announced that this solution is now available as a preview to its Azure customers as Live Streaming and Content Protection offerings from Azure Media Services. One of the main pain points of streaming is content protection, for that Azure Media is introducing a new Content Protection offering which features both static and dynamic encryption with first party PlayReady license delivery and an AES 128-bit key delivery service.

Faster Speeds and Effective Billing

Azure Media Services is also introducing faster encoding speeds and more cost-effective billing. We’re also introducing faster encoding speeds via our Basic, Standard, and Premium Encoding Reserved Units. These tiered Reserved Units offer further flexibility by allowing you to tailor the encoding capability you pay for to the needs of your specific workflows.

Azure Media Indexer

Additionally, we are announcing the General Availability of Azure Media Indexer, a powerful, market differentiated content extraction service which can be used to enhance the searchability of audio and video files. Indexer helps you quickly index your media library to search later for keywords, phrases, or clips and also create transcripts of audio files or the audio track of a video file.

New Partners and Client Players

We are also pleased to announce the addition of several workflow partners and client players to our robust partner network.Cires 21 and Azure Media have paired up to help make monitoring the health of your live channels simple and easy, and the widely-used JW player is now fully integrated with Azure to enable you to quickly build video playback experiences across virtually all platforms.

Read more about it here.

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