• Akamai bows HD network
By Mike Robuck
Akamai Networks has announced the launch of the Akamai HD Network, which it said was the first platform to deliver HD video online to viewers using Adobe Flash technology and Microsoft Silverlight at a broadcast-level audience scale.
Akamai said the HD Network was designed as one, comprehensive HD network reaching multiple playback environments and devices, including Flash, Silverlight and the iPhone. Leveraging the global breadth and scale of Akamai's globally distributed EdgePlatform of more than 50,000 servers, the company said the Akamai HD Network enables content providers to deliver more HD content than previously possible – due to its wide-scale distribution in 70 countries and increased throughputs in more than 900 networks.
"Seeing is believing," said Paul Sagan, president and CEO of Akamai. "With the Akamai HD Network, we are revolutionizing the way content traverses the Internet with a new approach to bringing an HDTV-like experience online. We're entering a different online world, where many content owners and publishers need to deliver HD-quality video to a much wider online audience, with a higher level of interactivity for consumers. Delivering 'Web-quality' content to 'Web-sized' audiences is one thing, but delivering HD-quality content to broadcast-scale audiences is another."