Amazon has announced the addition of media streaming to its Web Services platform on CloudFront. The feature allows users to stream both audio and video content as an alternative to having users download files. The content streams from CloudFront servers in 14 locations for low latencies and effective delivery.
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The streaming content is real-time and the viewers can watch as the media is delivered, giving them control over their viewing experience. It also allows the owner of the content being distributed to save money by cutting streaming off before the entire video is delivered if it isn't watched.
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The service works by letting users upload original copies of their media on the Amazon S3 service and then enabling the files for delivery via CloudFront. The content is streamed using Adobe Flash media Server 3.5.2.