Live Streaming now available on Amazon CloudFront – powered by Adobe Flash Media Server


I’m really excited about today’s announcement by Amazon to support live streaming through Amazon CloudFront CDN using Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming technology. This is an important announcement because it enables developers and media broadcasters with more control over their live video streaming origins and the variable costs associated with live streaming.   

This enables a live event broadcaster the ability to create a custom live streaming ingest points using Flash Media Server on Amazon Web Services backed by the power and reach of the Cloudfront CDN. Because this is powered with Amazon Web Services, live broadcasters have no contracts to sign and no commitment – simply launch an FMS AMI, follow the setup instructions and start streaming. When the event is over – turn off the FMS AMI Instances, and when you’re ready to go again, start them up – easy.

You can set up multiple FMS AMI instances to support failover and even have them in different regions. Use the free Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder to create high quality, multi-bitrate streams with failover support. Because the broadcaster controls the Flash Media Server instance, lots of interesting things can be done such as linear streaming from a VOD stream, metadata injection, dynamic Ad insertion or create unique live video experiences such as video switching.

Having such control over the origin has never been offered before and provides media publishers more opportunities to innovate on the live video experience. Because Flash Media Server 4 on Amazon is being used, you can choose your protocol or deliver to multiple protocols such as RTMP, P2P Multicast (from the FMS AMI directly) or HTTP Dynamic Streaming through CloudFront.

Read Jeff Barr’s Amazon Web Services Blog Post

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7 Responses to Live Streaming now available on Amazon CloudFront – powered by Adobe Flash Media Server

  1. I love the concept and it was highly anticipated by my team and myself but, for confirmation, you cannot use dynamic stream names? That pretty much limits the use of this for planned events only.

    Am I reading everything correctly?

    • Kevin Towes says:

      Can you explain what you mean by “Dynamic Stream Names”?

      • Yes, I mean being able to setup the server this way but keep it up and push 10 different streams at once.


        Basically a system where the live streams are determined on the fly. Like right now installing FMS 4 I can push any stream name I’d like.

  2. BE007 says:

    its really helpful feature for providing live streaming, it is useful for services like video conferencing……

  3. Nice indeed, but this announcement is (for now) only focused on Flash deployment? It doesn’t support the Apple HLS-HTTP Live streaming features you sneaked last week, does it?

    • Kevin Towes says:

      Correct – This is specifically using Flash Media Server 4 and HTTP Dynamic Streaming for Flash which does not include HLS support. When we release a new version of FMS with HLS support it will be available within the FMS AMI.

  4. Rodrigo says:

    That´s really interesting! I’m not an expert in this subject just a videomaker, so, I would like to know about a professional IT or a company to do the technical job for me.