Windows Azure Media Services Preview Launched!

I’ve been holding back this post for about two weeks now, wanting to make sure the service got rolled out to all major Windows Azure datacenters first, but here it is now:

Windows Azure Media Services Preview has been launched! The new media-focused cloud services recently announced at NAB have been deployed to Windows Azure datacenters in US-East, North Europe, West Europe, East Asia, Southeast Asia, with more datacenters to follow in the weeks to come.

Anyone interested in cloud-based media services can request access by following these instructions, but keep in mind all requests have to be approved by the WAMS product team as this is still a Preview release.

Features

The Preview release of Media Services supports:

  • Encoding with Windows Azure Media Encoder (aka Expression Encoder 4 SP2)
  • Format conversion (remuxing) from MP4 to Smooth Streaming and from Smooth Streaming to Apple HLS
  • Content Protection with Microsoft PlayReady
  • On-Demand Smooth Streaming and HTTP Live Streaming
  • Scalable delivery via Azure CDN or 3rd party CDN

For a full list of features in this release, check out the Media Services Feature Status: Preview Release.

Documentation and Support

How-To Guides:  http://aka.ms/WAMSHowTo
MSDN Documentation:  http://aka.ms/WAMSMSDN
Release Notes:  http://aka.ms/WAMSNotes
Windows Azure Media Services Forum:   http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/MediaServices

 

About Alex Zambelli

Alex is a Principal Product Manager at iStreamPlanet Co. in Redmond, Washington. Prior to his current job he was a Technical Evangelist for Microsoft Media Platform at Microsoft Corporation. He specializes in video streaming, adaptive HTTP streaming, VC-1 and H.264 video, and video processing best practices.
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