Windows Azure Media Services and the London 2012 Olympics

Yesterday, on his blog, Scott Guthrie provided an update on Windows Azure Media Services, announced at the NAB Show earlier this year.

Over the last few weeks, Windows Azure Media Services was used to deliver live and on-demand video streaming for multiple Olympics broadcasters including: France Télévisions, RTVE (Spain), CTV (Canada) and Terra (Central and South America). Partnering with deltatre, Southworks, gskinner and Akamai - we helped to deliver 2,300 hours of live and VOD HD content to over 20 countries for the 2012 London Olympic games.

Windows Azure Media Services is enabling broadcasters to deliver significantly higher quality and more robust online streaming experiences.  It provides a flexible set of features including: ingestion, storage, transcoding, origin, monitoring and delivery which can be composed to create highly scalable workflows for live and on-demand video streaming. These cloud based services remove complexity while providing more resiliency as a means to reach the broadest set of devices.

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