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Azure Media Services

Encode, store, and stream video and audio at scale

Get 20 output minutes Standard encoder video or audio source file encoding and 5 hours each of Standard Passthrough, Live Transcription, and Standard Streaming endpoint free every month for 12 months.

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).

Azure Media Services will be retired on June 30th, 2024. Click here for more information

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 customization 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 like spoken words, written text, and faces, as well as speakers, celebrities, and emotions.

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Support your modern content distribution

Deliver a range of media source file and content streaming and protection formats to client technologies like HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), MPEG-DASH, and Smooth Streaming. Use Azure Media Player to deliver content—applying industry standards like 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.

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 licenses to authorized clients.

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.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

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Get started with an Azure free account


Start free. Get $200 credit to use within 30 days. While you have your credit, get free amounts of many of our most popular services, plus free amounts of 55+ other services that are always free.


After your credit, move to pay as you go to keep building with the same free services. Pay only if you use more than your free monthly amounts.


After 12 months, you'll keep getting 55+ always-free services—and still pay only for what you use beyond your free monthly amounts.

Developer resources


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

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Start using the AI Video Indexer API


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

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 personalized 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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