Azure Media Services

Cloud-based media workflow platform to index, package, protect and stream video at scale

Manage, transform and deliver media content with cloud-based workflows

Use high-definition video encoding and streaming services to reach your audiences on the devices they use. And enhance content discoverability and performance with AI. All while helping to protect your content with digital rights management (DRM).

Multi-channel pipeline that orchestrates video and audio analysis and incorporates cues into a single timeline.

Web interface for easy evaluation and integration, plus easy-to-use web widgets and REST APIs.

Intuitive customisation and management features, letting you train and fine-tune selected models to improve indexing accuracy.

Compliance with regulations including HIPAA, ISO 27001-27018, FedRAMP, HITRUST and PCI.

Boost media discoverability and performance

Increase the discoverability of your audio and video content by automatically extracting advanced metadata. Enhance your apps with new forms of detectable content such as spoken words, written text and faces, as well as speakers, celebrities and emotions.

Explore Video Indexer

Support your modern content distribution

Deliver a range of media source file and content streaming and protection formats to client technologies such as HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), MPEG-DASH,and Smooth Streaming. Use Azure Media Player to deliver content – applying industry standards such as HTML5, media source extensions and encrypted media extensions, and providing an enriched, adaptive cloud streaming experience.

Scale delivery according to your needs

Live broadcast a town hall or company meeting, a webinar or a large sporting event to any online audience. Azure Media Services handles audiences of all sizes while you control the properties of the outgoing video livestream, such as how much is recorded and whether or not viewers can start watching.

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Help protect your content

Deliver content dynamically encrypted with Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-128) or your choice of popular DRM systems, including Microsoft PlayReady, Google Widevine and Apple FairPlay. Azure Media Services also delivers AES keys and DRM licences to authorised clients.

Learn more about content protection

Drive professional standards

Microsoft Azure is the first hyperscale cloud to be formally assessed by the Motion Picture Association of America, certified by the Content Delivery and Security Association and audited by the Federation Against Copyright Theft.

See Azure compliance certifications

Rely on industry-leading Azure security

  • Microsoft invests more than USD 1 billion annually on cybersecurity research and development.

  • We employ more than 3,500 security experts completely dedicated to your data security and privacy.

  • Azure has more compliance certifications than any other cloud service provider. View the comprehensive list.

Competitive pricing for your cloud-based media workflows

  • No upfront costs, only pay for what you need
  • Billing only on actual minutes of service usage

Get started using Media Services

Extract advanced metadata from video content with Video Indexer.

Apply studio-grade encoding.

Prepare and stream video to any device, live or on demand.

Developer resources


Learn how to use Azure Media Services with step-by-step tutorials.


Find quickstarts, samples and more to encode and package content, stream videos on-demand, broadcast live and analyse videos with Azure Media Services v3.

See all documentation

Trusted by companies of all sizes

Endemol Shine Group

Endemol Shine Group automates production of its TV show, Big Brother, with a cloud-based serverless workflow solution built on Azure Media Services – making movie magic more affordable.

Endemol Shine Group


Zone·tv makes television viewing a more personalised experience with AI and Azure.



Haivision streams thousands of hours of high-stakes video content at consistently high quality with Azure.



"With MediaCentral Newsroom Management, Avid delivers accessibility, collaboration, and scalability, taking advantage of the economics the cloud enables."

Paul Thompson, Director of Strategic Solutions, Avid

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Frequently asked questions about Azure Media Services

  • Read the Azure Media Services v3 FAQ.
  • Media Services guarantees 99.9% availability. Get details.
  • Check availability by region.

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