What is a streaming unit? What benefits do I get if I use it?

A streaming unit provides a dedicated set of resources for content streaming, with each unit increasing guaranteed bandwidth throughput by up to 200 Mbps.

Media Services

Related questions and answers

  • Both edges of the input video must fit within the supported input resolution of each meter. For example, a 600 x 481 video exceeds the maximum 640 x 600 resolution of S1 by virtue of both edges being greater than 480, and so would be subject to S2 metering.

  • Yes, you can purchase multiple streaming units for content streaming.

  • It depends on the current state of a channel. Possible values include:

    • Stopped. This is the initial state of the channel after its creation. In this state, the channel properties can be updated but streaming is not allowed.
    • Starting. The channel is being started. No updates or streaming are allowed during this state. If an error occurs, the channel returns to the “Stopped” state.
    • Running. The channel is capable of processing live streams.
    • Stopping. The channel is being stopped. No updates or streaming are allowed during this state.
    • Deleting. The channel is being deleted. No updates or streaming are allowed during this state. The following table shows how channel states map to the billing mode. |Channel state|Portal UI indicators|Billed?| |---|---|---| |Starting|Starting|No (transient state)| |Running|Ready (no programs running) or Streaming (at least one program running)|Yes| |Stopping|Stopping|No (transient state)| |Stopped|Stopped|No|
  • No, you will only be charged based on output minutes, plus the number of media reserved units. See the example below for more details.

  • Yes, you can scale the number of media reserved units in your account. While there are default limits in the Azure Portal, for example a maximum of 25 S2 media reserved units, these are soft limits. You can contact us if you need higher limits.

  • You are charged based on the highest number of streaming units that are provisioned each day. In this example, you will be charged for four streaming units for that day.