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Akamai Presents a Single Operator CDN VOD Case Study

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Just as CDN technology evolves, so do the discussions at the Content Delivery Summit. Speaking at the recent Summit in New York City, Frank Childs, director of product marketing for the networks division at Akamai, started with a few words on that evolution.

"The first generation or previous generation of video-on-demand was largely closed systems, proprietary systems, had difficult scaling, certainly didn't have the reach to iPads and other IP-connected devices," said Childs. "Usually, involved QAM delivery or a managed IPTV system to a closed set-top. Certainly didn't offer off-net delivery as part of the solution. Also, didn't really address anything regarding over-the-top traffic, so you've heard a lot about how you contend with over-the-top traffic, in addition to delivering your own applications."

Childs then began his case study, which showed how one European operator uses a single operator CDN platform to deliver its VOD library.

"So that's what we're going to talk about today. We deployed about a year ago with an international operator in Europe, had about 3.5 million broadband subscribers, and their goal was to use a common CDN component to deliver all of their video-on-demand content. They didn't want to use the proprietary QAM-based delivery," noted Childs. "The delivery of the VOD content was to IP-enabled set-tops, so they did actually have legacy set-tops that were IP-enabled, but they also wanted to extend it to IP-connected devices including iPads, iPhones, Droids, PCs, and gaming stations."

For the full case study, watch the presentation below and download a PDF of Childs's presentation.

Using a Converged Operator CDN Platform for Next Generation Video-on-Demand

This presentation will look at how one cable company used a single operator CDN platform to deliver their VOD library to their own IP-enabled set top boxes, as well as extend that content to other IP devices including, PCs, game consoles, tablets, and smart phones, both on and off their network. The presentation will cover the way network operators and MSOs think about delivering video to their subscribers and how a managed CDN platform can also be used to better manage the experience for traditional over-the-top (OTT) video services.

Frank Childs, Director of Product Marketing, Networks Division, Akamai

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