Akamai Gains Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming Certification
Content delivery network (CDN) Akamai announced today that its global video delivery network is the first to have its HTTP dynamic streaming implementation certified by Adobe. This certification confirms that Akamai's live and on-demand streaming is fully compatible with Adobe Flash dynamic streaming run times.
Akamai will soon offer customers new HTTP dynamic streaming features designed to improve video quality on its Akamai HD for the Adobe Flash Platform product. This product has offered HTTP adaptive streaming for nearly two years. Adding in dynamic streaming should offer customers new capabilities without requiring any changes to their workflows.
The company points out that its "in the network" packaging sets its Flash offering apart. The Akamai HD Networks packages existing video based on Flash to the appropriate container automatically. The idea is to simplify workflows and give customers a faster time to market.
"We are delighted to be the first certified HTTP dynamic streaming network," says Rich Kennelly, vice president of media at Akamai. "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."
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