Today Amazon Web Services announced streaming media delivery for Amazon CloudFront, the content delivery service from AWS.
This new feature enables streaming delivery of audio and video content, providing an alternative to progressive download where end users download a full media file.
Amazon CloudFront streams content from a worldwide network of 14 edge locations, ensuring low latencies and providing cost-effective delivery. Like all Amazon Web Services, Amazon CloudFront requires no up-front investment, minimum fees or long-term contracts, and customers only pay for what they use.
To stream content with Amazon CloudFront, users simply store the original copy of their media objects in the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and then enable those files for distribution in Amazon CloudFront with a simple command using the AWS Management Console or the Amazon CloudFront API. End users requesting streaming content are automatically routed to the CloudFront edge location best suited to serve the stream, so end users can get the highest bit rate, lowest latency, and highest quality stream possible. Multiple levels of redundancy built into Amazon CloudFront ensure that customers' streams are served reliably and with high quality.
Amazon CloudFront streaming uses Adobe's Flash Media Server 3.5.2 (FMS) and lets developers take advantage of many of FMS's powerful features. Customers can choose to deliver their content either using the Flash standard Real Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) protocol, or using its encrypted version, RTMPE, for additional security. Customers can take advantage of advanced features like dynamic bit rate streaming, which automatically adjusts the bit rate of the stream played to the end user based on the quality of that user's connection. Amazon CloudFront streaming currently supports on-demand media. Support for live events is planned for 2010.
Via this Amazon announcement.