ApsaraVideo Live ingests a live stream in edge ingest mode. In this mode, ApsaraVideo Live preferentially ingests streams to the optimal Alibaba Cloud CDN nodes. No additional configuration is required to use the edge ingest mode. ApsaraVideo Live uses edge ingest to distribute content for streaming domains that are added after February 21, 2019. This topic describes the overview, benefits, and related operations of edge ingest.

  • Edge ingest

    Backed by abundant Alibaba Cloud CDN nodes that have a wide coverage, ApsaraVideo Live preferentially schedules streaming data to the optimal CDN nodes that are nearest to users. In addition, ApsaraVideo Live uses an intelligent scheduling system to rapidly transmit data to an Alibaba Cloud live center for content delivery. This ensures that users access the optimal upstream networks and resolves the issues of stuttering and slow stream pulling during upstream transmission.

  • Live center ingest (gradually phased out)

    ApsaraVideo Live is phasing out the live center ingest mode. ApsaraVideo Live uses edge ingest to distribute content for streaming domains that are added after February 21, 2019. If your streaming domain is still using the live center ingest mode due to some reasons, we recommend that you submit a ticket to switch to the edge ingest mode. Otherwise, many new features are unavailable to your streaming domain.

Benefits of edge ingest

  • Wide coverage: Edge ingest allows your streams to be distributed to more than 1,500 CDN nodes that are deployed across the world, among which more than 700 are deployed in mainland China. This covers all major cities and regions around the world.
  • Intelligent: In edge ingest mode, ApsaraVideo Live preferentially ingests streams to the CDN nodes that are nearest to users to ensure stable content transmission.

Related operations

By default, ApsaraVideo Live uses edge ingest to distribute content for streaming domains that are added after February 21, 2019. To use the edge ingest mode, you only need to bind an ingest domain to a streaming domain. No additional configuration is required.