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Alex Balford

Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Akamai

Articles for Alex Balford

Best Practices for Premium Video Streaming, Part 6: Content Protection

New trends in content protection policies and new threats mandate new solutions. Here are the protections studios are demanding to keep premium assets out of the hands of pirates.

Best Practices For Premium Video Streaming, Part 5: Performance Testing

Advances in monitoring and analytics anchor superior OTT user experiences. Here's a road map for pre-event testing that will ensure high-quality performance across the board.

Best Practices for Premium Video Streaming, Part 4: Playback

Video playback is where the rubber meets the road. Make sure you're using a player that gives you all the functionality you need to successfully deliver your high-quality content to a fragmented device universe.

Best Practices for Premium Video Streaming, Part 3: Content Delivery

Steps for ensuring CDN performance meets audience expectations for OTT streaming

Best Practices for Premium Video Streaming, Part 2: Content Preparation

The second installment in a series looking at best practices for delivering premium video content, this piece explores preparing OTT video for delivery over content delivery networks.

Best Practices for Premium Video Streaming, Part 1

In this first installment in a series of articles looking at best practices for delivering premium video content, we look at managing the first mile.