Azure Media Services

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Azure Media Services review by Benjamín B. B.
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"Nice for video sharing"

What do you like best?

Azure has become quite popular around the web and is offering quite a few services. Azure Media Services does now allow to upload and share all kind of media, from videos to audio, images, etc. It can be used with both business and personal accounts, including Microsoft Family, hence allowing to share either with coworkers or with family members. This significantly increases the scope of what can be done.

What do you dislike?

Competition is quite big and there are a lot of services similar to Azure. For example Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive. While they do not offer the same possibilities and options as Azure Media Services, they are free and should be sufficient for most users. Azure Media is really only for those who need professional media and streaming services.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a professional media service, Azure Media Services is worth a closer look. While there is some competition around, it is made by a well known company and Microsoft Azure has generally become on the internet. If you are however not looking for a really professional service, there are probably several other free alternatives to look into as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We had used Azure Media Services in order to provide shared and streamed media to our clients. For example promotional videos, presentations, etc. This is still being tested and compared with other competitors, until a decision will be made.

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Azure Media Services review by Rahul M.
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"Azure Media Player: Stream on Multiple devices with just One player"

What do you like best?

Microsoft Azure Media Services allows for content to be served up with DASH, Smooth Streaming and HLS streaming formats to playback content. Azure Media Player takes into account these various formats and automatically plays the best link based on the platform/browser capabilities. Azure Media Services also allows for dynamic encryption of assets with common encryption (PlayReady or Widevine) or AES-128 bit envelope encryption. It can be easily integrated into web and app solutions and gives you integrated content protection.

What do you dislike?

Azure Media Player only supports media streams from Azure Media Services, hence outside streams are not allowed here.Flash Fallback features are not available on this tech due to platform restrictions.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Azure Media Player is easy to set up. It only takes a few moments to get basic playback of media content from your Azure Media Services account. It supports most popular screens and devices, and it automatically chooses the best playback format.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Azure Media Player utilizes industry standards, such as HTML5, Media Source Extensions (MSE) and Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) to provide an enriched adaptive streaming experience. When these standards are not available on a device or in a browser, Azure Media Player uses Flash and Silverlight as fallback technology and makes your work easy.

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Azure Media Services review by Diego G.
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"Solid platform for media management, but with certain limitations"

What do you like best?

If one word describes this software is "adaptable." Not only does it feature dynamic adaptive streaming, which does an excellent job of choosing the appropriate bitrate needed depending on browser and other needs, but it adapts to your business needs by only paying for what you need. The price is very competitive and the software is fairly easy to set up.

What do you dislike?

It feels a bit half-baked, while the platform itself is rather good, it's not particularly stable and needs some improvement. As of 2019, it feels as if the "Azure" umbrella has been left behind by Microsoft in order for them to focus in newer, better services.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be aware that Microsoft doesn't seem too focused on turning this into a staple service, which means lacking support and overall bug fixes. However, the pricing is competitive and the platform is easy to use and set up.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Video management and adaptable streaming capabilities that fit our customers particular needs and device choices, with the added bonus of flash fallback depending on the situation.

Azure Media Services review by Administrator in Hospital & Health Care
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"Mostly is included with other Azure services purchased"

What do you like best?

we really never cared how much data we let employees upload to services like Stream because AMS offered so much space to us. it was also very easy to manage. some features are missing but thats what you get with cloud solutions, less customizations but more space. we're in the process of testing large video streming to 1000s of employees.

What do you dislike?

for such a cloud solution you can tell there some lack of stability. Microsoft always does that. they work on a product but don't develop it all the way. You can find a number of bugs but won't be fixed quickly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easier to manage than google and aws and other cloud media services. if you already use azure or ms services then you will already be used to some of this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Streaming and saving videos in the cloud instead of using our in house services that cost a lot and not easy to use.

Azure Media Services review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"Great outsourcing for media use"

What do you like best?

This program can help assist with any organization task necessary for you to help keep all of your tasks in one place. Makes easy sensible instructions. Makes media usage easy and right at your fingertips. Keeps me where I need to be in the process.

What do you dislike?

it a bit difficult to use and I feel it should be just a bit more user friendly. Needs to have some tabs that help direct you in the correct places as you go through the program. Could use some extra tabs and files for a bit more organization.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for everyday usage for all of your media needs. Keeps all of your files in one place so that you have ease of access at your finger tips for anything you may need.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Organization, collaborating programs, files and media. Benefits my organization by utilizing all of its programs. Gives me the help I need all in one software program so I can stay on top of my game no matter where I am working from.

Azure Media Services review by Jim M.
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"Great product from Microsoft"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that is has a wide range of uses. It is great software to be able to share video, images, etc and can be used for both business and personal use, meaning you can use it to share with both coworkers and family.

What do you dislike?

Other similar applications that can do as much if not more as this one. It really becomes a choice of personal preference on which one you like for ease of use, format, and features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Makes it easy to share promotional videos with customers. Saves us time and money by being able to target a specific audience in a faster timeline.

Azure Media Services review by Saint Dervareid D.  H.
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"Sharing Various Videos"

What do you like best?

What I like BEST is the fact that I can share live broadcasts, videos, and even applications to view for my friends, family, and associates at any time.

What do you dislike?

There isn't a thing that I dislike, as I noticed SO many choices to use with marketing and partner demos.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As I said a moment ago Azure Media Services helped me with the problems I had with partnering up for advertising. This helped me to determine if I would need to update the programs that were created or just cancel them to create another.

Azure Media Services review by James J.
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"Microsoft Azure Services is a good choice."

What do you like best?

Microsoft Azure is no doubt the leader in databasing solutions and working with the backend side of both mobile and web-based applications.

What do you dislike?

Microsoft Azure is so immense in it's offerings that the dashboard and learning curve can be overwhelming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Microsoft Azure is the most complete solution available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mobile and Web-based applications.

Azure Media Services review by Kaifi A.
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"One Stop To Reach Your Audience Through AI "

What do you like best?

While using Azure Media services, I found that It helps us to encode your video easy using the latest AI & Machine learning technique, Moreover, it protects your content that is one of the best things you would need when you want to be a unique, form others.

What do you dislike?

I don't find anything that I dislike in it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

While using I realized that It provides, features like video indexing, content protection that and that is the main thing every organization wants it and same is solved by Microsoft.

Azure Media Services review by Dorian B.
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"Great cloud services"

What do you like best?

Using azure media services provides us safe, fast broadcast streaming while protecting our company’s information.

Great software in a very good price.

What do you dislike?

This software it’s not easy to use, especially from colleagues that are not very knowledgeable on computer software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great cloud solution for big and medium businesses

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We now can spread information through all our offices faster, easier and safer. Great job micro

Azure Media Services review by User in Broadcast Media
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"Great streaming service "

What do you like best?

Azure media provides the best broadcast streaming service for a large platform . Software is efficient and is multi functional. Azure provides accessiblity and scalability and is cost effective . Easy to access on mobile platforms

What do you dislike?

The system may be difficult to operate to those who are not knowlegable in broadcast IT streaming services . However Azure has great customer support that assist with any problems that you may face

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Business problems that are being solved with Azure Media Services is not being able to stream to a large platform primarily through mobile outlets. Benefits that Azure provides are making my company’s content to local and worldwide audiences

Azure Media Services review by Consultant
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"So far so good"

What do you like best?

I'm intrigued by the idea of being able to do digital marketing with this product.

What do you dislike?

I am not sure if there is an ability to create playlists from sets of assets.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This seems like a good way to share media content. Live streaming appears to be a very real capability and better yet, it's secure. An excellent feature is Cloud DVR. Check to see if audio only scenarios are supported by Azure Media Player. Video advertising campaigns can incorporate a lot of elements.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've realized the benefit of being able to incorporate media into apps.

Azure Media Services review by User in Human Resources
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"Good"

What do you like best?

The best part is that it is in the cloud and makes accessibility easy all while protecting your information. It’s fairly easy to use and you don’t need an IT degree to work it

What do you dislike?

The downside is that it is not intuitive but with that said, I was and am still on a learning curve. You have to play with it a while before you get the hang of it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It has put digital media at the fingertips of employees and has made it easier to disseminate information on a global scale to all employees.

Azure Media Services review by Salomon P.
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"Excellent media platform"

What do you like best?

I love the ability of sharing media with all the members of our team seamlessly and efficient

What do you dislike?

Can add significant amount of costs to our operations

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to distribuite media withing our organization effectivdly

Azure Media Services review by Administrator
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"CDN tool from Microsoft"

What do you like best?

As a CDN this product worked great for delivering a multitude of content to our international web visitors.

What do you dislike?

There are other integrated solutions out there that are part of our current web hosting

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Easy to use Content Delivery worldwide.

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