Microsoft Azure Announces General Availability Of Live Encoding

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At IBC 2015, Azure Media Services team at Microsoft announced several new features coming to Azure in the coming months. First, Live Encoding will be generally available in the coming weeks, which allows broadcasters to send a single bitrate live feed to Azure Media Services, have it encoded into an adaptive bitrate stream and deliver it to a wide variety of clients for delivery in MPEG-DASH, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, Apple HLS, or Adobe HDS formats.

Microsoft also announced Live sub-clipping and archive extraction. Media Encoder Standard now includes support for extracting sub-clips, i.e. taking a portion of the live stream and producing a new on-demand asset. Media Encoder Standard now also has the ability to extract live archives as MP4s for subsequent syndication. They are also adding support for Google Widevine Modular DRM dynamic packaging. With new support for Widevine DRM, the Azure Media Player can now playback encrypted video content in Google Chrome with Widevine through HTML5 and Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer browsers with PlayReady or AES. And yes, that means Chrome running on desktops, Android devices, and Macs. Additionally, Azure Media Player now has the capability to playback multi-language audio and continues to support WebVTT captions, screen readers and tabbing control.

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