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Last Updated: Jun 15, 2022

ApsaraVideo Live is a live streaming platform developed by Alibaba Cloud. ApsaraVideo Live leverages the strong technical capabilities of Alibaba Cloud and provides various benefits such as end-to-end coverage, global deployment, high security and stability, ultra-low latency, and unparalleled high definition.

End-to-end coverage

ApsaraVideo Live leverages the technical capabilities of Alibaba Cloud gained over the years to provide end-to-end services across multiple channels.

  • ApsaraVideo Live provides solutions for stream ingest, video processing, content delivery, and video playback.

  • ApsaraVideo Live supports features such as adaptive bitrate streaming for uplink and downlink transmission, Narrowband HD™ transcoding, snapshot capture, recording, time shifting, data monitoring, production studio, Real-Time Streaming (RTS), and stream management.

Global deployment

ApsaraVideo Live helps enterprises deploy live streaming services around the world.

  • Node distribution: More than 2,800 edge nodes are deployed around the world, with over 2,300 nodes deployed in 31 regions in the Chinese mainland and over 500 nodes deployed in more than 70 countries and regions outside the Chinese mainland. Edge nodes cover all major countries, ensuring worldwide coverage for your live streaming services.

  • Live center distribution: The live centers of ApsaraVideo Live cover nine countries and regions across China, Europe, and Southeast Asia, providing reliable live streaming services in and outside China.

High security and stability

ApsaraVideo Live provides live streaming services that are compliant with National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) regulations.

  • Multiple security mechanisms are used to ensure the security of video transmission.

  • The end-to-end monitoring feature is accurate to the second, and allows you to obtain the live streaming status in real time.

  • The live stream merging feature allows you to merge multiple video streams into a single live stream and ensures the stability of live streaming.

Smooth experience

ApsaraVideo Live supports real-time interaction and the playback of tens of millions of concurrent streams.

  • Ultra-low playback stuttering rate ensures a smooth live streaming experience.

  • CDN schedules streaming data to nodes that are nearest to users. This ensures the quality of real-time interactions during live streaming.

  • Dynamic scaling and the playback of tens of millions of concurrent streams ensure the stability of your live streaming services.

Ultra-low latency

ApsaraVideo Live supports the RTS feature. This feature reduces the latency of concurrent live streaming to milliseconds.

  • Millisecond-level latency ensures the quality of real-time interactions.

  • Playback of millions of concurrent streams is supported based on the extensive network of edge nodes deployed around the world.

  • RTS capabilities have been extensively tried and tested by online businesses and are mature and stable.

  • Integration of new SDKs with the player is supported without the need to change the stream ingest architecture. This simplifies service deployment.

Unparalleled high definition

ApsaraVideo Live supports Narrowband HD™ 2.0 to provide high-definition videos at 50 frames per second.

  • The narrowband HD™ technology that is developed based on the human vision model reduces the bitrate of videos and delivers videos in higher definitions. The narrowband HD™ technology saves 20% to 40% of bandwidth cost without compromising video quality.

  • Different encoding optimization policies are applied to different images to allow a vivid video experience.

Panoramic data

ApsaraVideo Live supports the panoramic data feature that allows you to analyze data in multiple dimensions.

  • Panoramic data monitoring allows you to monitor bandwidth, traffic, access quality, and the usage of various features.

  • Multi-dimensional data analysis allows you to analyze various data such as unique visitors (UVs), user distribution, and domain ranking.

  • Full log download and real-time log subscription features allow you to analyze your business data. This facilitates data statistics and helps you make business decisions.

Cutting-edge technology

ApsaraVideo Live leverages cutting-edge technologies to lead the video cloud market.

  • Millisecond-level time shifting and the strong verification mode ensure the security of your live streaming services.

  • Traditional video production tools are migrated to the cloud, allowing you to set up your video production studio in the cloud.

  • 8K live streaming with a resolution up to 7680 × 4320 delivers more vivid images.

  • The Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) protocol is supported for professional live streaming, and Dolby sound is supported.