Microsoft Expands Azure Media Services With Live Encoding, Azure Media Player And More


At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show 2015, Microsoft is expanding their Azure Media Services offering with new new services, certifications and partnerships that enable fully end-to-end cloud based media workflows, from camera to viewer.

Two key features announced are Live Encoding and Azure Media Player.

  • Live Encoding Preview – Live encoding expands on the industry proven live cloud platform and can be combined with dynamic packaging, dynamic encryption, sub-clipping, dynamic manifest manipulation, ad-marker insertion, and seamless live to on-demand capabilities to build comprehensive live, linear, and cloud DVR workflows. Common use cases include event based streaming with dynamic ad-insertion and 24×7 linear streaming with cloud DVR requirements. This private preview of Azure Media Services live encoding is the same solution that has been used to power some of the largest events on the planet such as the Superbowl 2015 and 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. To access this private preview please send mail to Look out for more details of the service and options for getting early access in the Azure Media blog over the next couple of days.  To learn more about live encoding, click here.
  • Azure Media Player – Azure Media Player is an automated player solution that allows content owners to reach the most popular devices with the best player and streaming format. Azure Media Player provides a simple and customizable developer experience for content owners and partners to reach media viewers across a wide range of browsers and devices. It utilizes industry standards such as HTML5, Media Source Extensions (MSE) and Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) to provide an enriched adaptive streaming experience across browsers and has a seamless fall back to browser plugins like Flash & Silverlight. Watch out for a more in depth blog on Azure Media Player over the next couple of days.  To learn nor about Azure Media Player, click here.

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