Delivering Videos with Cloudflare
Using Cloudflare’s Services
Cloudflare launched in 2010 believing everyone deserves a secure, fast, reliable web presence. We did not think you should have to pay more when you came under cyber attack, so we offered free and fixed-rate pricing for websites. That worked because most websites don’t consume much bandwidth, and so we could provide our services in an affordable way to everyone.From the beginning, we prohibited streaming video content using our bandwidth. While you could embed a video from another provider, we limited your ability to use our services to deliver video bits from our network to your visitors. This is because every second of a typical video requires as much bandwidth as loading a full web page.
Over time we recognized that some of our customers wanted to stream video using our network. To accommodate them, we developed our product. Stream delivers great performance at an affordable rate charged based on how much load you place on our network.
Unfortunately, while most people respect these limitations and understand they exist to ensure high quality of service for all Cloudflare customers, some users attempt to misconfigure our service to stream video in violation of our Terms of Service. We want to make sure our service is great for everyone, including public service initiatives we run like , , and . A handful of people misusing our service limits our ability to run these initiatives.
The following are some recommendations for using Cloudflare’s services based on what may have brought you to this page.
I’m a website operator and my content was redirected for Terms of Service violations
If you are on a Free, Pro, or Business Plan and your application appears to be serving videos or a disproportionate amount of large files without using the appropriate paid service as described below, Cloudflare may redirect your content or take other actions to protect quality of service. When this happens, you will receive an email notification regarding Cloudflare’s actions and your options.
Options for web admins to remove redirects
Serve redirected content from a grey-clouded sub-domain
Serve redirected content from a paid service as outlined below
Delivering videos with Cloudflare using paid products
Cloudflare permits the delivery of video content with specific paid services. If you are interested in serving video content, there are two recommended options.
Option 1: Cloudflare Stream
Option 2: Stream Delivery (Enterprise only)
offers caching and delivery of video content through Cloudflare data centers around the globe. This CDN feature is only available on the Cloudflare Enterprise Plan. Please if you’d like to explore this option.
Getting information on the content you are delivering
If you need more information about the content your zone is serving (e.g. content type), you can use the following tools:
- Cache Analytics users: Open the Caching tab on the Dashboard to filter by content type and identify the type of traffic you are transferring.
- Users without Cache Analytics: Open the Analytics tab on the Dashboard and select the Performance section for information about the content you are serving.
Still have questions? Contact support
- Name of your domain
- Description of the problem
- Description of the content you’re serving through Cloudflare’s network