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November 2019

18 Nov

Azure Media Services now supports Live Transcription in preview

IN PREVIEW

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 Azure Media Services v3 APIs, wherein you can enhance the streams delivered to your viewers with machine-generated text that is transcribed from spoken words in the audio feed.

  • Media Services
  • Video Indexer

October 2019

3 Oct

Azure Media Indexer is being retired

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 extract a rich set of machine learning insights based on multiple channels of your media files, all integrated together in one call and on a shared timeline.

  • Media Services

September 2019

18 Sep

Public preview – Video Indexer multilingual identification and transcription

IN PREVIEW

Automatic spoken language identification leverages machine learning technology to identify the different languages used in a media asset.

  • Media Services
  • Video Indexer
18 Sep

Public preview – Video Indexer animated character detection

IN PREVIEW

Azure Media Services Video Indexer supports detection, grouping and recognition of characters in animated content.

  • Media Services
  • Video Indexer
4 Sep

Legacy media encoders are being retired on 30 November 2019

We’ve been making steady improvements to the robustness, reliability, performance, price and capabilities of the encoding features of Azure Media Services.

  • Media Services

August 2019

6 Aug

Media Services is now available in both South Africa regions

NOW AVAILABLE

Media Services is now available in South Africa North and South Africa West regions

  • Media Services

June 2019

12 Jun

Premium Live Encoder now supports streaming at 1080p and 30 frames per second

NOW AVAILABLE

The Premium Live Encoder for Azure Media Services now allows you to live-encode streaming content at a resolution of 1080p and up to 30 frames per second.

  • Live and On-Demand Streaming
  • Video Indexer
  • Media Services
4 Jun

Media Services is now available in Korea Region

NOW AVAILABLE

Media Services is now available in Korea Central and Korea South.

  • Media Services

May 2019

6 May

Premium Live Encoder now supports streaming at 1080p and 30 fps

NOW AVAILABLE

The Premium Live Encoder for Azure Media Services now allows you to live-encode streaming content at a resolution of 1080p and up to 30 frames per second.

  • Live and On-Demand Streaming
  • Media Services
  • Video Indexer

December 2018

19 Dec

Retirement of Media Hyperlapse (in preview) on 29 March 2019

From 19 December 2018, we will no longer make changes or improvements to the Media Hyperlapse feature of Azure Media Services.

  • Media Services

October 2018

31 Oct

Now available: Azure Media Services v3 API

NOW AVAILABLE

Several enhancements have been made to Media Services, including the availability of the new Azure Media Services API and updates to Azure Media Player.

  • Media Services
  • Azure Media Player

September 2018

25 Sep

Now available: Azure Media Services’ Video Indexer

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Media Services’ AI-based media metadata extraction service is now generally available.

  • Azure Machine Learning
  • Media Services
  • Video Indexer

May 2018

21 May

Azure Media Services and Video Indexer

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Media Services and Video Indexer make it easy to integrate advanced media processing and AI-based media metadata extraction on your apps and workflows.

  • Media Services
  • Video Indexer

December 2017

8 Dec

Media Services SDKs for Java and PHP support Azure Active Directory Authentication

Azure Media Services client SDKs for both Java and PHP now support Azure Active Directory authentication.

  • Media Services

November 2017

7 Nov

Azure Media Services October 2017 updates

The October 2017 release of Azure Media Services includes updates for file-based encoding and media analytics.

  • Media Services

January 2017

11 Jan

Standard streaming endpoints and Azure Content Delivery Network integration

IN PREVIEW

A standard streaming endpoint eliminates the complexity of streaming endpoints by giving you the scale and robustness you need without making you worry about streaming units.

  • Content Delivery Network
  • Media Services

November 2016

23 Nov

Custom reports for Verizon Standard and Premium profiles

You can now find custom reports in the supplemental management portal for both Verizon profile types.

  • Content Delivery Network
  • Media Services

July 2016

28 Jul

General availability: Apple FairPlay Streaming for Azure Media Services

NOW AVAILABLE

Apple FairPlay Streaming is Apple’s digital rights management (DRM) format that protects both Video on Demand (VOD) and live streams.

  • Media Services

June 2016

9 Jun

General Availability: Apple FairPlay Streaming for Azure Media Services

NOW AVAILABLE

If you want to stream premium content to Apple TV, you need to use Apple FairPlay Streaming (FPS) technology. Building this solution can be tedious – that’s why we’re offering this new service.

  • Media Services

May 2016

12 May

Public preview: Media Analytics for Azure Media Services

IN PREVIEW

Media Analytics is a collection of speech and vision services that makes it easier for organizations and enterprises to derive actionable insights from their video files through advanced machine learning technology.

  • Media Services

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