This Guidance demonstrates how to distribute live video content over both satellites and the cloud, helping you modernize your content distribution platform and better monetize video content. Using this Guidance, you can transform traditional satellite-only distribution into multi-platform distribution channels from a single video source, thereby creating more value and widening your reach across online environments. And because AWS managed services remove the undifferentiated heavy lifting of maintaining a highly reliable and available video workflow, you can concentrate your resources on optimizing your content distribution strategy across platforms.

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Architecture Diagram

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Well-Architected Pillars

The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of the decisions you make when building systems in the cloud. The six pillars of the Framework allow you to learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable systems. Using the AWS Well-Architected Tool, available at no charge in the AWS Management Console, you can review your workloads against these best practices by answering a set of questions for each pillar.

The architecture diagram above is an example of a Solution created with Well-Architected best practices in mind. To be fully Well-Architected, you should follow as many Well-Architected best practices as possible.

  • CloudWatch gathers key metrics from MediaConnect and MediaLive so that you can monitor the state and activity of channels and statistical multiplexers. You can also use CloudWatch to visualize metrics, source and output health, and video quality. For example, you can monitor MediaConnect metrics to make sure they adhere to European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) TR 101 290 specifications. MediaConnect and MediaLive also generate alerts using Amazon CloudWatch Events, Amazon CloudWatch Logs, or AWS CloudTrail. By providing these metrics and logs, CloudWatch makes it easy for you to troubleshoot and resolve issues quickly.

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  • With Secrets Manager, you can use encryption to secure video streams against unauthorized access and distribution, and it natively integrates with MediaConnect. Additionally, CloudFront supports several options to secure content, including HTTPS connections, field-level encryption, and geographic restrictions.

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  • Statmux for MediaLive automatically provisions Statmux resources across multiple Availability Zones within a Region for a given workflow, thereby enabling reliable broadcast distribution. It allows your satellite operators to receive two statistically multiplexed video streams at their teleport for uplink, enabling high availability without the need to manage any redundant infrastructure.

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  • The capabilities of CloudFront allow you to reliably deliver high-quality video services at high speed and low latency to millions of users worldwide. Video on demand and live streams can start quickly and deliver video in a consistent manner to any device. Additionally, CloudFront natively integrates with AWS Elemental Media Services, helping you automate video workflows for content delivery.

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  • MediaConvert transcodes file-based content into a live stream quickly and reliably, and MediaPackage enables the content to be played on several devices at the same time. These services have no minimum fees, so you pay only for what you use. Additionally, by using these managed services, you don’t need to manage any infrastructure, helping you reduce costs further.

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  • AWS Elemental Media Services, Amazon Cognito, and CloudFront are a suite of managed services that reduce the amount of infrastructure needed to support cloud workloads and help you maximize resource utilization. By using scalable and managed services, you can minimize the environmental impact of your workloads and avoid overprovisioning resources.

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Implementation Resources

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