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Online audiences are growing and so are their expectations for the quality of experience. You know exactly what I mean if you've ever been frustrated with the rate at which a game is downloading or if your video stalls at the most inopportune time. Online streaming is no longer novel, it's the norm. The days of being enamored by streaming your favorite TV show online are over. Viewers now expect
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.
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.
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?
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
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.
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
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
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