Media Services

Azure Media Services makes it easy to use high-definition video encoding and streaming services to reach your audiences on today’s most popular devices. Azure Media Services also enables you to extract richer metadata though video AI, improve accessibility, distribution and scalability – all while protecting your content.

Product listing

Solution architectures

Live-streaming digital media

Live-streaming digital mediaA live streaming solution allows you to capture video in real time and broadcast it to consumers in real time, such as streaming interviews, conferences and sporting events online. Through this solution, video is captured by a video camera and sent to a channel input endpoint. The channel receives the live input stream and makes it available for streaming through a streaming endpoint to a web browser or mobile app. The channel also provides a preview monitoring endpoint to preview and validate your stream before further processing and delivery. The channel can also record and store the ingested content in order to be streamed later (video on demand).TokenTokenLicense/KeyLicense/KeyChannelLive SourceCloud DRM License/Key Delivery ServeStreamingEndpointMulti-ProtocolDynamicPackaging/Multi-DRMAzure CDNAzure BlobStoragePreviewMonitoringAzure Media Playerin BrowserAzure Media Playerin Mobile AppAzure LiveEncoder3rd Party On-PremisesLive EncoderProgram

Customers using Azure Media Services

Real Madrid brings the stadium closer to 450 million fans around the globe, with Azure Media Services

Real Madrid engaged a Microsoft Services team for help in envisioning, developing and deploying a global digital sports platform that was built using a wide range of Microsoft cloud services. It takes advantage of the global footprint of Microsoft cloud services to consistently deliver the very best fan experience anywhere in the world.

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Real Madrid

How Media Services fuel the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Rio 2016 Summer Games break streaming records; Azure is ready for Olympic-size livestream events

Rio 2016 shattered streaming records in the sports category, with over 3 billion minutes streamed. More than one-third of those who streamed the Games did so from connected TV devices. Our partnership with Microsoft Azure helped us extend our reach to more people and more devices via cloud streaming than ever before.

Eric Black, CTO, digital, NBC Sports Group

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Rio 2016

Bursting to the cloud to reach more viewers

Azure offers a rich toolset to deploy new services and features quickly. It enables us to be agile, to achieve continuous improvement, to be quicker to market than our competitors.

Jan Paul Dekker, RTL’s Manager of Digital Productions
RTL Nederland

Fuji Television NEXTsmart, Japan’s first 24-hour paid Internet television network with regular programming, runs in the cloud.

Before switching, it conducted a detailed comparison of several cloud services and chose Microsoft Azure to support 24-hour, 365-day-a-year broadcast service, mainly for its reliability.

Fuji Television Network, Inc.

Ready to dig in?

Learn how Azure Media Services can help you manage media on your apps and workloads. Tutorials, API references and other documentation show you how to securely use high-definition video encoding and streaming services, how to protect your content and how to extract richer metadata though video AI to improve accessibility, distribution and scalability.

Create an Azure Media Services account using the Azure portal