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AWS Elemental launches suite of media services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has unveiled a suite of five AWS Elemental Media Services that are designed to make it easy for video providers to create cloud-based video offerings. Amazon announced the news to coincide with its AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas and said that customers can use the suite to build customised video applications, […]

Amazon Web Services to open Middle East data centres by 2019

Amazon Web Services is due to build new infrastructure and open data centres in the Middle East by early 2019, enabling customers to offer lower-latency web services in the region. Amazon said that the new AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region will consist of three ‘Availability Zones’ at launch, and added it will launch an AWS […]

AWS Elemental founder Sam Blackman dies aged 41

The founder of Amazon Web Services-owned Elemental Technologies, Sam Blackman, has died aged 41 of a reported cardiac arrest. New of Blackman’s death was first reported by the local press in Portland, Oregon, where he was a respected member of the local tech scene. A statement issued by the Blackman family said that Sam had […]

Hulu taps Amazon Web Services for live TV offering

Hulu selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the cloud provider for its recently launched Hulu with Live TV streaming service. AWS revealed details of the partnership yesterday and said it is providing the scalable infrastructure to support Hulu’s addition of more than 50 live channels following its launch of live, over-the-top TV in May 2017. […]

NAB: AWS Elemental enables first live 4K transmission from space

Attendees at the NAB Show yesterday witnessed the first 4K UHD transmission from space when NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson was interviewed from the International Space Station. The transmission was enabled by TV technology provider AWS Elemental, whose CEO, Sam Blackman, conducted the live interview during a panel session called ‘Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to […]

NASA to live stream 4K video from space

NASA is set to produce its first-ever live 4K video stream from space during a session at the NAB Show in Las Vegas later this month. The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration will co-produce the panel with Amazon Web Services and NAB to explore how advanced imaging and cloud technologies are “taking scientific research […]

Sony DADC New Media Solutions unveils cloud video service

Distribution technology provider Sony DADC New Media Solutions has launched Ven.ue Unlimited, a new managed cloud distribution service that it says will provide broadcasters, aggregators and retailers with access to over one million hours of content from hundreds of rights-holders via a centralised cloud repository. According to Sony DADC New Media Solutions, the platform will […]

Viaccess-Orca launches cloud TV as a service offering

TV technology provider Viaccess-Orca has launched a new cloud-based TV software-as-a-service offering: Voyage – TV Everywhere as a Service. The offering, which is based on the Amazon Web Services cloud infrastructure, is integrated with Akamai’s global CDN as well as Amazon Web Services’ CloudFront CDN, with the option to add  other leading independent and operator-controlled […]

Amazon Web Services acquires Elemental

Amazon Web Services is to acquire video processing specialist Elemental Technologies. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but US press reports suggest that it values Elemental about US$500 million (€450 million), or five times the company’s revenue – Amazon’s biggest acquisition since it bought gaming video service Twitch last year. According to the […]

Amazon Web Services now a US$5 billion business

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the e-retail giant’s scalable cloud computing offering, is now a US$5 billion business and is “still growing fast,” the company has revealed.  Discussing the firm’s first quarter results, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said that AWS’s growth “is accelerating”. He added that the ten-year old AWS business is “a good […]