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The flexible and (where necessary) worldwide provision of digital content is a major strength of Microsoft Azure. This makes it possible to store and convert audio and video content and flexibly deliver it to various devices. Microsoft Azure includes Microsoft Azure Media Services, which can handle such tasks centrally, for this purpose. The provided functions include:

  • Uploading media data (that is then stored in Blob storage)
  • Coding and converting videos into various video and audio formats
  • Access protection to media data for Digital Rights Management (DRM)
  • Displaying advertising in video streams
  • Streaming videos (optimized for various devices), scheduled if necessary

As with the other Azure Services, Media Services can also work with application components that are not necessarily executed on Microsoft Azure. They can still be called via RESTful interfaces. Microsoft Azure CDN or third-party caching services can be used for optimum delivery of video content. Optimization to the consuming devices (e.g., Windows PC, Macintosh, HTML 5, iOS, Android, Windows Phone) and their respective playback options (resolution, screen size, etc.) is also possible.

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Getting Started

  1. 10/3/2016, Webpage
    Microsoft Azure Media Services is an extensible cloud-based platform that enables developers to build scalable media management and delivery applications. Media Services is...
  2. 10/3/2016, Webpage
    Microsoft Azure Media Services is an extensible cloud-based platform that enables developers to build scalable media management and delivery applications. Media Services is...
  3. 9/28/2015, Video, 0:31:30
    From live streaming large scale sporting events such as Formula One car racing, Premier League soccer, and the Super Bowl, to the wide distribution of Hollywood and Bollywood...
  4. 4/27/2015, Video, 1:03:53
    Azure Media Services is a platform-as-a-service which enables you to build a customizable media workflow. you could upload, encode, encrypt, package and deliver video content...
  5. 7/20/2015, Ebook
    This guidance helps you become familiar with the basic principles of Microsoft Azure Media Services and learn how to design and implement client applications that use Media...
  6. 5/4/2015, Video, 1:13:05
    Azure Media Services enables creation of end-to-end media workflows with flexible and highly scalable encoding, packaging, and distribution services at its core. This session...

Media Services News

12/4/2019, Service Updates
Announcing Media Services availability in Germany and Switzerland
11/27/2019, Microsoft Azure Blog
Azure Media Services provides a platform with which you can broadcast live events. You can use our APIs to ingest, transcode, and dynamically package and encrypt your live video feeds for...
11/18/2019, Service Updates
Azure Media Services provides a platform which you can use to ingest, transcode, and dynamically package and encrypt your live video for delivery. Live Transcriptions is a new feature in the...
11/18/2019, Service Updates
Azure Media Services provides a platform which you can use to ingest, transcode, and dynamically package and encrypt your live video for delivery. Live Transcriptions is a new feature in the...
11/18/2019, Service Updates
Azure Media Services provides a platform which you can use to ingest, transcode, and dynamically package and encrypt your live video for delivery. Live Transcriptions is a new feature in the...
10/3/2019, Service Updates
A year ago we announced the general availability of Azure Video Indexer, which is built on the capabilities of Azure Media Analytics, Azure Search, and Cognitive Services. This enables you to...
9/25/2019, Azure Podcast
Senior Azure Storage PM Art Khlobystin talks to Cynthia, Evan and Sujit about the new HA/DR features in Azure Storage. Media file:...
9/18/2019, Service Updates
Azure Media Services Video Indexer supports detection, grouping, and recognition of characters in animated content.
9/13/2019, Service Updates
Data transfer from Azure services, such as Azure Storage, Azure Media Services, Azure Application Gateway, and more, to Azure CDN from Microsoft will be free of charge starting October 2019.
9/13/2019, Microsoft Azure Blog
At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. The media industry exemplifies this mission; We live in an age where more content is being...
9/4/2019, Service Updates
We've been making steady improvements to the robustness, reliability, performance, price and capabilities of the encoding features of Azure Media Services.
8/13/2019, YouTube: Azure Power Lunch [0:34:26]
Azure Media Indexer enables you to make content of your media files searchable and to generate a full-text transcript for closed captioning and keywords. You can process one media file or...
8/6/2019, Service Updates
Media Services is now available in South Africa North and South Africa West regions