Live Encoding Preview

Today at NAB 2015, the Media Services team announced live encoding in the cloud is now available in Preview. With this new feature you can finally enable live transcoding in you Media Services live channels, allowing you to send in a single high bitrate stream instead of multi-bitrate encodings. This release also brings the following key capabilities to your live channels in the cloud: Live encoding of a single bitrate live feed into an adaptive bitrate stream Ability to ingest a …

Azure Media Services: First Cloud Media Service Awarded Certification by CDSA

After many years of work building out the services and compliance procedures to meet our initial goal of a “security first” architecture for our platform, I am extremely proud to announce that Microsoft Azure Media Services has been awarded certification by a CDSA-appointed external auditor. This initial certification status is valid for six months, after which further successful on-site audits will extend the certification for one-year periods. Azure Media Services is committed to continuing the CDSA audits, as well as …

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Introducing Azure Premium Encoder

A few weeks back we introduced a new encoder to Azure Media Services called Azure Media Encoder Premium. This new encoder complements our existing encoding services by offering more advanced features for the media and entertainment industry. This new encoder allows you to build out more professional cloud encoding workflows on our platform with support for more file formats and a new visual workflow designer tool. I’m really excited about the capabilities of the new Workflow Designer which allows you to graphically …

Lessons from my Ski-battical

I took a break. Just a couple months off to re-charge the batteries, learn some new things I have put off for too long, and spend time with the family. When I first began to plan my time off from work, I code-named it my “ski-battical.” I took the winter months off because my goal was to spend as much time as I could skiing around Washington and Canada. I couldn’t have picked a worse year. The “Pineapple Express” left …

New Azure Blog posts on Media Services

We’ve been very busy with new features for Media Services including faster encoding, new content protection services with PlayReady, and what everyone has been waiting for – Live Streaming.  But before we talk about the new features, the team has been updating the Azure blog with new details on our existing services. Last week I posted on the Azure blog about our Advanced Encoding Features.  .   In addition,  I just posted a new blog on Delivering Premium Audio Experiences with Dolby …

NAB 2014 Announcements from Media Services

We are unveiling several exciting updates to Microsoft Azure Media Services at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention today, all consistent with Media Service’s broader vision of helping media developers build end-to-end media workflows and reduce the costs associated with integrating multiple products and providers. This includes key new services like Live, Content Protection and Key Delivery, and enhancements to our encoder’s capabilities and support for popular streaming formats. We are also working on improving the integration of CMS’s …

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MPEG DASH from Microsoft Azure Media Services

With our most recent service updates from our origin server team, we have enabled a new feature in the server called “Dynamic Packaging” that allows you to encode to a single set of standard ISO MP4 files and then dynamically request multiple protocols by simply changing the URL that you use on your content This week we introduced a new “preview” feature of Dynamic Packaging to enable support for MPEG-DASH live profile streaming. For those of you that are not …

Announcing Windows Azure Media Services .NET SDK source available on GitHub

  This morning the Windows Azure Media Services SDK finished deploying the source code for our .NET SDK out onto GitHub. This is a huge milestone for our team, as we have been working hard towards providing an open source version of our .NET SDK on GitHub for some time now. This is fantastic for our end customers now, since it gives you deeper insight into the SDK and how it works and allows you to fork the SDK directly …

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New Azure Media Services Blogs

I’ve been very busy traveling to the International Broadcaster’s Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam and delivering two fantastic Microsoft Media Platform Summits in both Amsterdam and Prague. Now that I’m back in the office again, it’s time to get back to updating folks on what is new and upcoming in Windows Azure Media Services this Fall and into next year. We have been in Preview release for about 4 months now across 6 data centers and things are going amazingly well. …

MPEG DASH: The File Format of the Future

Tim Siglin just published his coverage of the MPEG DASH session at Streaming Media West last week where the future of adaptive streaming file formats was discussed.  The article is titled “MPEG DASH: The File Format of the Future?” and can be found on the StreamingMedia.com website. I particularly like the coverage of HLS and the fact that the Apple draft that was submitted to the IETF is merely an “informational draft” and the fact that there are no efforts …