Azure CDN vs. Brightcove

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure CDN
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft offers a content delivery network, Azure CDN.N/A
Brightcove
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Brightcove Video is a video hosting and publishing solution. The company also provides a cloud media processing product called Zencoder.N/A
Pricing
Azure CDNBrightcove
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Azure CDNBrightcove
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Azure CDNBrightcove
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(7 ratings)
8.0
(16 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(13 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(1 ratings)
4.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure CDNBrightcove
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
Azure CDN has at hand an infinity of applications and tools to implement in your system and have better control of your data in a clean and secure platform on the web, we recommend this program since the percentage of solutions provided by this program is very high and find a way to make each user's job easier.
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Brightcove
It works very nicely for our company site because it can easily and seamlessly embed into the site and email HTML pages. It also has picture in picture, sharing, closed captioning (CC) as basic functions. It will also show the time of the video. Because these are short-term-use videos or might get updated frequently and also are just targeting a specific audience, being able to hide or not able to show the number of views or date published (unlike YouTube) actually helps us.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • I found the CDN very easy to setup and configure within the Azure Portal.
  • Being Azure, there are plenty of free tools that allow you to manage the CDN from a UI that is not the portal. This was especially handy when I trained end users how to manage content within their specific realm.
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Brightcove
  • Ability to easily output a JSON response for requested video data. This makes it easy to work with Brightcove as partner.
  • The read APIs are very flexible and can the output can be easily customized using cgi args. This provides great customization of the output and sorting and filtering mechanisms to find the videos you're looking for.
  • The ability to add captions to videos is good, especially with the regulations requiring video captioning. DFXP support works great as long as the player is given the exact XML format it is looking for.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • Tough learning curve--you have to be comfortable with the Azure Cloud logic and UI to use it easily
  • Special or uncommon use cases' pricing can be hard to forecast/follow
  • Can be expensive for simple use cases
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Brightcove
  • The code for customizing the video player can be made easier, I think it still uses BEML code.
  • Easily accessible ready made code will help users like me to implement a cool looking player.
  • I would love to implement Brightcove video cloud on most of the projects that I work on and I see we could use it in so many different ways but pricing is not easily available on the website.
  • Again if I could work with someone to price for small, medium and large businesses that would be great.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
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Brightcove
It took quite some time to upload and organize our video library. The amount of time it would require to relocate all this information outweighs any negative aspect I personally have with the experience. They have been pretty good to work with and from speaking with my Brightcove rep, I know some of the issues I have listed are currently being addressed and tested for future releases.
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Usability
Microsoft
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Brightcove
Very usable! I don't see any major flaws
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Support Rating
Microsoft
Great support from the team whenever we're stuck. Very proactive in resolving issues and also making changes as per the requirements of the organization.
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Brightcove
We are notified often of downtime, and I have not heard from a support rep for over a year. It really makes it hard to learn what new things are coming out and how we can take our video to the next level when there is no contact from the team on a regular cadence.
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
More user friendly and it’s so easy to learn, the prices may be close to each other, but the service is excellent.
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Brightcove
Marketing department favors it because EVERYONE uses YouTube. Overall, YouTube offers decent features and functionality. But Brightcove offers the ability to brand and style players, and control what our users see (and so much more) and YouTube does not. For instance, on YouTube, users are presented with other videos (which could contain competitor videos).
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • Azure CDN reduced origin instance load by removing the need to constantly serve large numbers of static files, meaning applications can be deployed with smaller/fewer instances.
  • Azure CDN reduces apparent load times to customers by serving cached files out of POPs in the local region of those clients, instead of requiring those clients to make multiple, lengthy requests through to the origin servers.
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Brightcove
  • Again, there has been a huge cost savings which significantly improved our ROI
  • There has also been less time spent on learning new technologies and training additional staff on maintaining a video server.
  • Less time spent on the previous two points has allowed me to focus on other areas within the department that needed improvement.
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ScreenShots

Brightcove Screenshots

Screenshot of Go beyond tracking plays and impressions and fuel your programs with video engagement data that signals who is getting the most value from your content.Screenshot of Deliver interactive video on-demand and live experiences - chat, polls, click to purchase, sentiment, quizzes, branching journeys, and more - that increase engagement, provide more data on your audiences, and turn viewers from passive observers to active participants.Screenshot of Deliver live and on-demand video experiences that are easy to create and manage from a single platform. Orchestrate rich, beautiful experiences that promote your brand and your content and keep audiences engaged with interactive elements.Screenshot of Start to think of your video content as your greatest asset for connecting with every audience on any device, whether it's web, mobile, or connected TVs. Reach all your audiences, including customers, prospects, partners, teams, anyone and everyone!Screenshot of Understand audience engagement to inform content strategies and audience preferences to ensure you’re delivering the best streaming video experiences possible.