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Shane Keats

Shane Keats

February 24, 2017 9:17 AM

How the cloud streamlines video workflows

Rock, meet hard place. On the one side, sophisticated audiences are watching more video online and demand ever-higher quality. On the other, your challenge to simply deliver - keeping in mind scalability, workflow complexity, and cost.

Shane Keats

Shane Keats

February 23, 2017 11:39 AM

Three keys to victory in the OTT video race

The numbers are impressive. By 2020, Digital TV Research predicts the Over-the-Top (OTT) video market will be worth $55 billion in consumer spending. In the U.S., the average OTT-enabled household already has 1.4 subscriptions to providers such as Netflix and Amazon, and that number is rapidly increasing. In China, eMarketer expects subscription video on demand to increase by a stunning 1,400 percent in the next five years.

Shane Keats

Shane Keats

February 21, 2017 2:53 PM

Overcome persistent obstacles to ensure a stellar vi ...

It's a fact: if you can't give your viewers the quality they expect, they'll take their eyeballs elsewhere. Usually in less than two seconds. That's why you'll want to pay particular attention to your network architecture. All those servers, connections, and delivery mechanisms can make the crucial difference between optimal quality and a lousy stream. So, how do you get it right?

Chris Nicholson

Chris Nicholson

December 21, 2016 10:16 AM

Internet TV Makes Stranger Bedfellows

Ever thought you'd be able to order Xfinity TV service from Amazon; or watch Netflix through your cable set-top box? If politics makes strange bedfellows then programming for Internet TV is like: ... last call at a college bar. ... a '70s key party. ... an episode of 90 Day Fiance. Let's just say that some unexpected relationships have been forged thanks to the disruptive forces of online video. It's

Shane Keats

Shane Keats

November 9, 2016 1:52 PM

Election Night: A streaming upset, and a victory for ...

Count me among the tech pundits who got last night wrong. I predicted to my colleagues that peak traffic on election night here in the U.S. wouldn't beat the debates. Boy was I wrong! We've been tracking peak traffic and peak concurrent viewers across a basket of 16 customers for the debates, election night and early next year, Inauguration Day.

Erik Nygren

Erik Nygren

November 2, 2016 9:28 AM

Planning for the end of 2016: a leap second and the ...

New Year's Eve is typically in the depth of end-of-year change freezes for most IT organizations. At the end of 2016, however, two major events will be occurring right at the end of the year: a leap second and the final end of browser support for SHA-1 TLS certificates. Both of these changes have the potential to break software systems and applications. Significant preparation, planning, and testing ahead-of-time can significantly

Chris Nicholson

Chris Nicholson

November 1, 2016 9:16 AM

NYC You at NAB

Akamai is participating in the East Coast edition of NAB next week as we head to NAB Show New York at the Javits Center November 9th-10th. Stop by booth #1053 where we'll have a host of interactive demonstrations highlighting Akamai technology and services that can help broadcasters and content owners deliver OTT video at consistently high quality and scale. This includes live and on-demand video workflows, new media acceleration technology

Chris Nicholson

Chris Nicholson

October 20, 2016 12:36 PM

Elections and Events: Expect the Unexpected

Much like most everything else about this year's Presidential election, live video streaming traffic for last night's final debate didn't fit the norm. Whereas viewing numbers typically decline for each consecutive debate, aggregate video traffic for Akamai broadcasters streaming the third matchup between the two candidates was actually slightly higher than the second, peaking at 3.8 Tbps yesterday compared to the 3.6 Tbps peak we observed during the October 9th

Shane Keats

Shane Keats

October 10, 2016 2:48 PM

A bit of political controversy, and a lot of streami ...

This morning, the pundits are busy debating whether last night's "Town Hall" will move the needle on the election, but one thing is certain: here in the US, it certainly moved a lot of bits. We delivered a peak of 3.6 Tbps across the ten broadcasters we worked with for the second Trump-Clinton match-up. Compare that to the 3.5 Tbps we peaked at during the Sochi games just two years