Announcing Windows Azure Media Services and MPEG-DASH support

This week at the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas we made two big announcements:

“New cloud-based Windows Azure Media Services is designed to make creating, managing and delivering media to any device easier than ever by offering a comprehensive set of ready-to-use first- and third-party media technologies. […]  Taking advantage of the worldwide Windows Azure cloud infrastructure, Windows Azure Media Services gives content providers and media partners the nearly unlimited capacity of the cloud to cost-effectively handle a huge volume of digital media and make it available in the format that customers want, when they want it. Windows Azure Media Services’ ready-to-use services allow customers to simplify the creation of complex media workflows built on Microsoft Media Platform and third-party technologies.”

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2012/apr12/04-16NABPR.aspx
http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2012/04/16/announcing-windows-azure-media-services.aspx

In addition to Windows Azure Media Services, we announced in detail our support for the MPEG-DASH standard across the Microsoft Media Platform:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/msmediaplatform/archive/2012/04/16/microsoft-announces-support-for-mpeg-dash-in-microsoft-media-platform.aspx

Finally, in my last blog post I mentioned the Smooth Streaming Client Porting Kit, a C++ source code package for implementing Smooth Streaming in TVs, STBs and other embedded devices. Here are more details about SSPK licensing:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/mediaplatform/sspk.aspx

About Alex Zambelli

Alex is a Senior Product Manager at Hulu in Seattle, WA. Prior to his current job he was a Product Manager at iStreamPlanet (Turner) and Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Media Platform at Microsoft Corporation. He specializes in video streaming, adaptive HTTP streaming, video compression, and video processing best practices.
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