Delivering Live Broadcasts and Playout with AWS

Live broadcasts and playouts are critical requirements for media companies to satisfy their audiences. More customers are cutting cords and watching live channels on the web, mobile, tablets, and smart TVs. As a result, media companies are pressured to bring additional channels to market and scale up their delivery capabilities.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a solution for media companies to deliver live broadcasts and playouts. AWS offers various services to help media companies design, build, and manage a scalable, reliable, cost-effective live broadcast and playout solution. These services include AWS Elemental MediaLive, a real-time video encoding service; AWS CloudFront, a content delivery network (CDN); and AWS MediaConnect, a transport service for live video streams. In addition, partnerships with leading media and entertainment technology companies – such as Amagi, BCNEXXT, Grass Valley, and Imagine Communications – can provide expertise and support in implementing and managing a live broadcast and playout solution on AWS.

Here is an example Terraform template that creates a MediaLive channel that receives an SRT input and outputs HLS to CloudFront:
















This template creates a MediaLive channel with an SRT input and an HLS output. The HLS output is written to an S3 bucket, and a CloudFront distribution is created to serve the HLS output to users.

This is an example: you will need to customize it for your specific use case. For instance, you must specify the SRT input settings, such as the IP address and port of the SRT source. You must also specify the details of the S3 bucket and CloudFront distribution.

2nd Watch is an experienced AWS partner with the knowledge and resources to support media companies in designing, building, and managing an effective live broadcast and playout solution on AWS. Our team is familiar with a range of AWS services, including AWS Elemental MediaLive, AWS CloudFront, and AWS MediaConnect, as well as partnerships with leading media and entertainment technology companies. Contact us today to learn more about our consulting services for live broadcast and playout on AWS.

Aleksander Hansson | Specialist Solutions Architect | 2ND Watch