Media Services

Cloud services for premium video workflows

Start sharing your media content

Azure Media Services offers broadcast-quality video streaming services to reach larger audiences on today’s most popular mobile devices. With features that enhance accessibility, distribution and scalability, Media Services makes it easy and cost-effective to stream your content to audiences, both local and worldwide – while also protecting your content. Get an overview of delivering content to customers.

Stream broadcast and OTT video

Build your online audience and extend your reach by distributing your content to viewers on phones, tablets and all their digital devices. Plus, take advantage of current events or niche markets by bringing new channels to market quickly and encoding over-the-top (OTT) video to multiple formats.

Broadcast and over-the-top streaming use cases

  • TV everywhere
  • Linear programming
  • Catch-up TV
  • Video on demand (VOD)


  • Scale to all audience sizes
  • Rapidly develop solutions
  • Support virtually all devices
  • Deliver high-quality experiences
  • Save with flexible cost options

Customers using Media Services for broadcast

Stream sports and live events

Having handled such large events as the FIFA World Cup and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Media Services is a proven and reliable live event streaming service that manages costs and reduces the complexity of streaming live events across a broad range of devices – from smartphones to Internet-connected TVs. See how to work with channels that are enabled to perform live encoding.

Live streaming use cases

  • Live sports
  • Concerts
  • Breaking news
  • House of worship broadcasts


  • Scale to all audience sizes
  • Rapidly develop solutions
  • Support virtually any device
  • Use flexible workflows
  • Save with pay-as-you-go pricing
  • Seamlessly integrate with Content Delivery Network

Customers using Media Services for live events

NBC Sports
European Tour
Next Generation Sports Network
Real Madrid
Rakuten Showtime

Deliver corporate content

Reach employees and customers anywhere on any device in a secure, scalable manner. Make your corporate communications, training and even knowledge sharing more accessible by combining Media Services with easy-to-use solutions, including Skype Meeting Broadcast, Office 365 Video or customisable solutions from our partners. Plus, easily manage all of your content using Azure Classic Portal.

Corporate content streaming use cases

  • Corporate communication
  • Training
  • Knowledge-sharing platform
  • Videos on your company website
  • Live conferences, webinars and events


  • Help secure content
  • Get enterprise scale
  • Efficiently deliver across screens
  • Gain flexibility, maintain control
  • Rely on high uptime

Customers using Media Services

L.L. Bean
Pulte Homes
Mission Home Health - Home Care - Hospice

Media Services partners

LIVE arena
Ravnur Enterprise Video

Deliver government content

Use Media Services and Azure Government to deliver security-enhanced video streaming to mobile devices. Plus, enhance accessibility to critical documents by indexing media files with Azure Media Indexer. With a physical and logical network-isolated instance of Azure, as well as end-to-end encryption, Azure Government helps ensure security and compliance for government agencies.

Government content streaming use cases

  • Town halls
  • City council meetings
  • Public safety
  • Dashboard and body cameras
  • Video analytics
  • Court transcriptions


  • Rely on a solution that is compliant with Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS)
  • Depend on a physical and logical network-isolated instance of Azure
  • Meet a broad range of strict compliance requirements
  • Encrypt media end to end
  • Help secure live event streaming with archiving and cloud DVR
  • Get advanced encryption and Digital Rights Management support

Trusted to meet government demands

Media Services is available on Azure Government – designed to meet complex and critical requirements for US federal, Department of Defense, state and local government agencies. Some of the certifications that we have include FedRAMP certification, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) certification, support to enable IRS 1075 compliance and the ability to issue Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Business Associate Agreements. Azure Government is a CJIS-capable platform, which means that we work directly with states to sign state-level CJIS information agreements and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) CJIS security addendums.



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Content Protection

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