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Azure Live Streamed Rio 2016 Games to Millions Across all Devices Including Connected TVs

For the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Microsoft said that NBC Olympics had choosen Azure as the trusted cloud-based live encoding, hosting and streaming platform for the Olympics.

Now that the Games of the 31st Olympiad are over, statistics now show how Azure handled record-breaking Rio 2016 Summer Games video streams.

“Rio 2016 shattered streaming records in the sports category, with 3.3 billion minutes streamed across NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app,” Eric Black, CTO, digital, NBC Sports Group, said.

Viewers also live streamed 2.71 billion minutes of Olympic coverage – a new record for live event coverage. More than one-third of those who streamed the Games did so from connected TV devices.

Additonally, 100 million unique users visited NBC Olympics digital coverage – a 29 percent more than the 2012 London Olympics. While more than 50% of viewers live streaming Olympic events under 35 years old.

The 2.71 billion live minutes nearly doubles the combined live streamed minutes of ALL prior Games (1.48 billion).

Of course, this was all thanks to Azure-powered cloud with zero downtime in [all 19 days of the event]. Here is Azure’s records for the Rio Olympics history:

  • A 1080p profile for all streamed channels (up from 720p during Sochi) as viewers expect a “TV-like” experience on any device.
  • Over 4,500 hours of content
  • Over 50 simultaneous Olympics events
  • Over 100 live channels continuously available for the Games, revealed Microsoft.

Steven Goulet, Azure Media Services principal program manager, helping NBC Olympics to deliver the Rio Olympics to the U.S.

In other Azure news, new HockeyApp Bridge App is available as on today, help you exploring HockeyApp data in Application Insights through the Analytics and Continuous Export features.

The tool in other words, let you query raw HockeyApp data, gain insights from it and export it to your own data store for warehousing purposes.

“HockeyApp is a great tool for instrumenting your mobile and desktop applications. It has powerful facilities for tracking distribution, adoption, crash reporting, feedback, and other data…” writes Application Insights program manager Evgeny Ternovsky.

“Sometimes, however, you need to access, analyze, and visualize your data in ways other than are presently exposed in HockeyApp. This is where the new HockeyApp Bridge application type in Application Insights comes in!”

Instrumenting your mobile or desktop application is easy – “use HockeyApp and the HockeySDKs, and create a HockeyApp Bridge App in Application Insights if you need to analyze or access your raw data,” expalins Microsoft.

You can then continue using Application Insights and the Application Insights SDKs for all other application types.

For a detailed walkthrough of setting up a HockeyApp Bridge App, see this documentation.

HockeyApp data in Application Insights: introducing the Bridge App

Also, Azure Storage PowerShell v.1.7 hotfix to v1.4 breaking changes is now available.

“Breaking changes were introduced in Azure PowerShell v1.4. These breaking changes are present in Azure PowerShell versions 1.4-1.6 and versions 2.0 and later.”

Following Azure Storage cmdlets were impacted:

  • Get-AzureRmStorageAccountKey: Accessing keys
  • New-AzureRmStorageAccountKey: Accessing keys
  • New-AzureRmStorageAccount: Specifying account type and endpoints
  • Get-AzureRmStorageAccount: Specifying account type and endpoints
  • Set-AzureRmStorageAccount: Specifying account type and endpoints

Asie, earlier, only Microsoft extensions such as Test Manager, Visual Studio, and HockeyApp subscriptions could be sold in the Visual Studio Marketplace.

Now, publishers can sell any Team Services extension in the Visual Studio Marketplace.

As Visual Studio Marketplace now integrates with the Azure Publishing Portal, it now shows a new offer type called “Visual Studio Marketplace Extensions”. With this integration, “the Visual Studio Marketplace reuses existing Azure capabilities to define offers and price them, and also uses Azure’s support for handling payment and taxation across multiple countries and currencies,” the team explained.

Also, today, the company has allowd “paid” extensions in the Visual Studio marketplace, with the launch of the first two paid non-Microsoft extensions.

sell any Team Services extension in the Visual Studio Marketplace.

TypeScript 2.0 release candidate (RC) has just been released into the wild for people to check out.

For those of you unfamiliar with TypeScript, “it’s a superset of JavaScript that adds things like classes and interfaces to provide more convenience to programmers. The add-on introduces IntelliSense and auto-complete to your JavaScript coding, doing tons of work to help you catch problems in your code that might have gone unnoticed before. The whole project is maintained through Github, so if you’re looking to make your own additions you’re more than welcome.”

Here’s new features:

  • Tagged Unions
  • More Literal Types
  • Globs, Includes, and Excludes
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