Akamai Technologies has announced the Akamai HD Network, its next generation video delivery offering and platform to deliver HD video online to viewers using Adobe Flash technology, Microsoft Silverlight, and to the iPhone, at broadcast-level audience scale. The Akamai HD Network supports live and on-demand HD streaming with a personalized and interactive online experience that matches HDTV.

Leveraging the global scale of Akamai’s EdgePlatform of more than 50,000 servers in 70 countries and more than 900 networks, the Akamai HD Network enables content providers to deliver more HD content. The Akamai HD Network is a streaming platform that leverages the following functionalities:

  • Adaptive Bitrate Streaming – Streaming process that is designed to enable uninterrupted playback at HD bitrates that adjusts to fluctuations in available bandwidth;
  • Instant Response – Immediate response to viewer interactions with the video player, including sub-second time-shifting (such as pause, rewind, seek and play commands) video startup times, and stream switching;
  • HD Video Player – Open, standards-based video player;
  • HD Player Authentication – Authenticates viewers entitled to watch.

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