Since the launch of Azure Media Services our streaming services have been one of the biggest things that has attracted customers to our platform. It offers the scale and robustness to handle the largest events on the web including FIFA World Cup matches , streaming coverage of Olympic events , and Super Bowls. It also offers features that greatly reduce workflow complexity and cost throughdynamic packaging into HLS, MPEG-DASH, and Smooth Streaming as well asdynamic encryption for Microsoft PlayReady, Google Widevine, Apple Fairplay, and AES128.

However, our origin services (aka Streaming Endpoints) have always been plagued with the usability issue of needing to provision them with Streaming Units (each one provides 200Mbps of egress capacity) based on scale needs. We continually receive questions from customers and partners asking “how many Streaming Units do I need?”, “how do I know when I need more”, “can I get dynamic packaging without Streaming Units”, etc.

Thus, we’re very excited to announce that we have a new Streaming Endpoint option called a Standard Streaming Endpoint which eliminates this complexity by giving you the scale and robustness you need without needing to worry about Streaming Units. Behind the scenes we monitor the bandwidth requirements on your Streaming Endpoint and scale out as needed. This means a Standard Streaming Endpoint can be used to deliver your streams to a large range of audience sizes, from very small audiencesto thousands of concurrent viewers using the integration of Azure CDN services (more on that further below).

More good news!We also heard your request to have a free trial period to get familiar with Azure Media Services streaming capabilities. When a new Media Services account gets created, a default Standard Streaming Endpoint also automatically gets provisioned under the account. This endpoint includes a 15-day free trial period and trial period starts when the Endpoint gets started for the first time.

In addition to Standard Streaming Endpoints, we are also pleased to announce enhanced Azure CDN integration. With a single click you can integrate all the available Azure CDN providers (Akamai and Verizon) to your Streaming Endpoint including their Standard and Premium products and you can manage and configure all the related features through the Azure CDN portal. When Azure CDN is enabled for a Streaming Endpoint using Azure Media Services, data transfer charges between the Streaming Endpoint and CDN do not apply. Data transferred is instead charged at the CDN edge usingCDN pricing.


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Comparing Streaming Endpoint Types

Our previous Streaming Endpoints are not going away, meaning there are now multiple optionsso let’s discuss their attributes. But before I do letme first jump to the punch line and give you ourrecommendation for which Streaming Endpoint type you should use. We have analyzed current customer usage and have determined that the streaming needs of 98% of our customers can be met with Standard Streaming Endpoint. The remaining 2% are customers likeXbox MoviesandRakuten Showtimethat have extremely large catalogs, massive audiences, and origin load profiles that are very unique. Thus, unless you feel your service will be in that stratosphere our recommendation is that you migrate to a Standard Streaming Endpoint. If you have any concerns that you may fall into that 2% pleasecontact us and we can provide additional guidance. A good guide post is to contact us if you expect a concurrent audience size larger than 10,000 viewers.

With that out of the way, here’s some finer grained details on the types and how they can be provisioned.

Our existing Streaming Units have now been renamed to "Premium Streaming Units" and any streaming endpoint that have a Premium Streaming Unit will be named a “Premium Streaming Endpoint”. These Streaming Endpoints behave exactly as they did before and require you to provision them with Streaming Units based on your anticipated load. As mentioned above almost everyone should be using a Standard Streaming Endpoint and you should contact us if you think you need a Premium Streaming Endpoint. Any newly created Azure Media Services account will by default have a Standard Streaming Endpoint with Azure CDN (S1 Verizon Standard) integrated createdand placedin a stopped state. It is put into a stopped state so that it doesn’t incur any charges until you are ready to begin streaming. New Streaming Endpoints can also be created as Standard Streaming Endpoints. Previously, when a new Azure Media Services account was created a Streaming Endpoint was created with no Streaming Units(aka Classic Streaming Endpoint). This was a free service intended to give developers time to develop services before incurring any costs. However, Streaming Units were needed to turn on many of our critical services such as dynamic packaging and encryption so the value was very limited. Some customers may still have one of these “Classic” Streaming Endpoints in their account. We recommend customers migrate these to Standard as well, they will not be migrated automatically. The migration can be done using Azure management portal or Azure Media Services APIs. For more information, please check " Streaming endpoints overview ". As mentioned above we are offering a 15-day free trial on Standard which provides developers with the same ability to develop services without incurring streaming costs. Feature Standard Premium Free first 15 days* Yes No Streaming Scale Up to 600 Mbps when Azure CDN is not used; With Azure CDN turned on Standard will scale to thousands of concurrent viewers 200 Mbps per streaming unit (SU) and scales with CDN. SLA 99.9 99.9 (200 Mbps per SU). CDN Azure CDN, third party CDN, or no CDN. Azure CDN, third party CDN, or no CDN. Billing is prorated Daily Daily Dynamic encryption Yes Yes Dynamic packaging Yes Yes IP filtering/G20/Custom host Yes Yes Progressive download Yes Yes Recommended usage Recommended for the vast majority of streaming scenarios, contact us if you think you may have needs beyond Standard Contact Us *Note: Free trial doesn’t apply to existing accounts and end date doesn’t change with state transitions such as stop/start. Free trial starts the first time you start the streaming endpoint and ends after 15 calendar days. The free trial only applies to the default streaming endpoint and doesn't apply to ad

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