Microsoft is making its live-streaming capabilities available for the public. Still in preview mode, the streaming service (called, you guessed it, Live Streaming) is the same that was used to distribute footage from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Microsoft’s Azure Media Services launched the Live Streaming preview on September 10, letting users stream live events that they can scale up and rely on in the same way that viewers could rely on quality footage of the FIFA World Cup, according to a blog post by the director of Azure Media Services, Sudheer Sirivara.
Azure’s partnership with Telestream’s Wirecast and Newtek’s Tricaster also make the company’s Live Streaming possible. Additionally, Cires 21 is working with Azure to help users keep tabs on their Live Channels while JW Player will assist with video playback across multiple platforms.
Azure’s new streaming service will cost $199 per month for a bandwidth of up to 200 Mpbs. For a whole Live Channel, customers will have to pay 52 cents an hour (which factors in a 50% discount since it’s still in preview).
So far, the preview service is available in the US, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Japan.