Cambridge, Mass, April 6, 2011 — Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM),the leading provider of cloud optimization services, today announced that the Akamai HD Network is the first global video delivery network to have its HTTP dynamic streaming implementation certified by Adobe. The certification validates that the Akamai HD Network delivery of live and on-demand streaming based on Adobe Flash® technology, via the Adobe F4F format, is fully compatible with Adobe Flash run times that currently support HTTP dynamic streaming. Accordingly, content owners are expected to soon be able to take advantage of new HTTP dynamic streaming features, supported across the Akamai HD Network, which will be designed to improve video quality.
Support for the new HTTP dynamic streaming capabilities are being made available in the Akamai HD for the Adobe Flash Platform product. The Akamai HD for the Adobe Flash Platform product has been delivering high-quality, broadcast scale Flash video for almost two years now using HTTP based adaptive streaming. By integrating HTTP dynamic streaming capabilities into this product, it is expected that customers will be able to leverage the new capabilities without making any changes to their existing Flash workflow.
“We are delighted to be the first certified HTTP dynamic streaming network,” said Rich Kennelly, Vice President of Media at Akamai Technologies. “We strive to integrate the best technologies available for a high quality experience – while keeping it simple for our customers. This is a great example of both. In short, our goal is that you give us your video files for Flash, and we’ll ensure they play back at the highest quality possible.”
One of the truly unique attributes of Akamai’s offering is its “in the network” packaging. The Akamai HD Network automatically packages existing video based on Flash to the appropriate container, with the goal of thereby providing customers with faster time to market with new technology and reduced workflow complexity. In addition, the Akamai HD Network is designed to secure the content through a variety of features.
AEG Digital Media works closely with Akamai on delivering many of the digital media industry’s largest live and on-demand online video events for major brands, broadcasters, sports leagues and media properties.
“AEG Digital Media and Akamai have collaborated to deliver some of the most engaging and successful live and on-demand events,” said John Petrocelli, Vice President for Business Development and Sales for AEG Digital Media. “The ability to add video based on Flash to these events – for access on PCs and mobile devices – increases the value exponentially for our customers and their viewers.”
CSG Systems’ Content Direct solution provides video content companies with the tools to better manage customers and monetize digital video content predictably and reliably. The solution supports virtually all content types and commerce models, digital locker capabilities, marketing promotions, advertising management, partner management, financial management, reporting, analytics, customer care and syndication.
“As the leader in premium content monetization solutions, CSG’s Content Direct partners with the leading and most innovative software technology companies in the industry today – Akamai is one of those partners,” said Kent Steffen, President of CSG’s Content Direct. “By leveraging the Akamai HD Network, our customers can now offer a Flash Adaptive streaming option, and easily and more effectively deliver more content to more devices. Ultimately, we believe this will reduce their content preparation costs, and allow them to offer their premium content across more devices.”
“The ability to consistently reach all viewers across devices, in an open and standard way, is the heart of Adobe’s HTTP Dynamic Streaming Certification,” said Scott Wellwood, director of business development, at Adobe. “Akamai and Adobe have had a long strategic relationship. We are thrilled that Akamai has reached this milestone and look forward to the upcoming general availability of HTTP Dynamic Streaming within the Akamai HD Network.”
Akamai provides market-leading, cloud-based services for optimizing Web and mobile content and applications, online HD video, and secure e-commerce. Combining highly-distributed, energy-efficient computing with intelligent software, Akamai’s global platform is transforming the cloud into a more viable place to inform, entertain, advertise, transact and collaborate.