Amazon CloudFront for Media & Entertainment

Amazon CloudFront is a Content Delivery Network (CDN) that has been highly optimized for Media & Entertainment industry workloads. You can use CloudFront to deliver massive video-on-demand catalogs or live stream your content to millions. No matter where your audience is, reach them globally through 450+ of Points of Presence (PoPs), a private network backbone, and software that’s been tuned and optimized over the last decade. The world’s largest live events and leading online video platforms (OVPs) use CloudFront for its industry leading security, performance, reliability, and full AWS stack integration.

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Use Cases


Performance & Scale

Amazon CloudFront provides ultra-low latency performance for video delivery. With 450+ global Points of Presence, a network approaching petabit-per-second capacity, and a highly optimized software architecture, CloudFront distributes adaptive bitrate streams consistently and at scale. Video workload features like multi-tiered caching, connection collapsing, background fills, pre-fetching, and connection optimization enables CloudFront to start streams fast, play them with consistent throughput, and deliver high-quality video on every device.


Amazon CloudFront provides features that help secure your valuable content - support for encryption and certificate management, content access controls such as geoblocking, signed URLs or cookies, and integration with Amazon S3 authentication via Origin Access Identity (OAI), are all included capabilities. CloudFront also works seamlessly with AWS Shield and AWS WAF, providing proactive security, DDoS protection, and other attack mitigations to keep your high-profile video streams running and accessible.

Developer Friendly

Amazon CloudFront has the integrations and features you need to develop video workloads. Integrate seamlessly with other AWS services like Amazon S3 and AWS Elemental MediaStore, MediaPackage and MediaLive. Full API configuration and integration with SDKs, AWS CloudFormation templates, and other developer and dev-ops tooling makes CloudFront easy to support in your automated workflows. Programmability and compute offerings like Lambda@Edge allow for sophisticated edge-logic triggered by CloudFront request/response events. Use these building blocks to create authentication, entitlement, manifest tokenization, and origin selection to personalize your media applications.

Media Event Management

For large media events, AWS Elemental offers Media Event Management (MEM). MEM provides guided support through the planning and deployment phases of your media applications with a co-developed risk assessment and mitigation plan (RAMP), an initial Operational Readiness Review (ORR), weekly ORR updates, test plan recommendations, operational run-books, pre-event practice runs, and day-of-event support with war-room presence. This can be coordinated across multiple media-related services such as Amazon CloudFront and AWS Media Services. Working with MEM, you can reserve CloudFront capacity to ensure event capacity.

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