Haivision’s KB Encoder Series Is Now Microsoft Azure Certified for Live Streaming to Azure Media Services

KB Encoder powers broadcast quality media streams to Azure for easy-to-use, scalable video workflows

MONTREAL, CANADA – April 5, 2018 – Haivision, a market leader in enterprise video and streaming solutions, announces that the company’s award-winning KB Series of Internet media encoders is now Microsoft Azure Certified to deliver high quality live streams to Azure Media Services.

The KB Series of H.264/HEVC encoders is a proven solution for live event streaming across industries and benefits from Haivision’s years of technology innovation for its enterprise, broadcast, and defense customers. Now tested to work seamlessly with the Azure cloud platform, KB encoders provide broadcasters, video production companies and enterprises with multiple options for live event streaming, helping them send the highest quality live video to Azure Media Services for distribution to virtually any audience.

With Haivision KB Series encoders, users can send a live, hardware accelerated ABR video cascade for distribution by Azure Media Services or a high-quality single bitrate live stream to Azure Media Services for cloud transcoding and distribution. KB encoders pair seamlessly with Azure Media Services to easily support large-scale streaming broadcasts, allowing users to benefit from the productive, trusted and scalable Azure cloud platform when streaming live to global audiences.

“This Microsoft certification demonstrates its recognition of Haivision as a leading provider of high-quality video solutions and an innovator in supporting streaming to the leading video platforms,” said Sylvio Jelovcich, vice president of global alliances, Haivision. “The professional-grade KB encoder is a perfect match for streaming to Microsoft Azure Media Services for live events – easy to set up and easy to provision, which is ideal for premium video workflows.”

Sudheer Sirivara, General Manager, Azure Media Services, Microsoft Corp. said, “The KB encoder is unique in offering software-based encoding and transcoding capabilities with ABR cascades, in H.264 and HEVC with both HD and 4K/UHD resolution and a native deployment of the SRT open source protocol, making sure that the ingest streams into Microsoft Azure Media Services are of the highest quality, giving users a secure, reliable and flexible way of streaming into the cloud. Working with innovative companies like Haivision who pioneer cutting edge streaming technologies enriches our ecosystem to offer our customers the best possible video streaming experience.”

The KB Series of Internet Media Encoders is available in three appliance options:

  • KB Mini: Portable all-in-one live encoder/transcoder with hardware accelerated encoding.
  • KB Server: Rackmountable H.264 and HEVC encoding server with redundant power supplies and RAID configurations.
  • KB 4K Server: Rackmountable H.264 and HEVC encoding server with redundant power supplies and hardware acceleration.

KB encoders have also been tested and certified by a number of cloud service providers, online video platforms and CDNs including Facebook Live, Workplace by Facebook, YouTube Live, Akamai, Level 3, Limelight and Haivision Video Cloud.

For information on how to start streaming to Azure Media Services with KB encoders, read the blog post.

Haivision will demo the KB Series at the Renaissance Hotel (booth Ren Deluxe F), just outside the South Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. To learn more about Haivision at NAB 2018 and to book a demonstration, visit the registration page.

About Haivision
Haivision, a private company founded in 2004, provides media management and video streaming solutions that help the world’s leading organizations communicate, collaborate and educate. Haivision is a pioneer in high performance streaming solutions, the founder of the SRT Open Source Project for low latency video streaming and the original developer of the SRT protocol. Haivision’s innovations include live hardware and software encoding/decoding, video stream transport and video management technologies. Haivision is recognized as one of the most influential companies in video by Streaming Media and one of the fastest growing companies by Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500. The company is headquartered in Montreal and Chicago, with regional offices located throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. Learn more at haivision.com.

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