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13/08/2010

Akamai And Brightcove Join Forces On Global Online Video Experiences

Akamai Technologies, a leading provider of cloud optimisation services, and Brightcove, a leading online video platform, has announced a wide-ranging alliance to drive quality, performance and innovation in the online video industry.
The agreement between the companies is designed to bring together two of the most widely-used cloud-based platforms for professional online video to create a powerful, end-to-end offer that makes high-quality video publishing and distribution easily available for businesses and organisations of all sizes.
Brightcove will provide the Akamai HD Network as a bundled component of the Brightcove online video platform service.
Brightcove offers a comprehensive solution for video content management, encoding, publishing, monetization and analytics, while Akamai's HD Network provides customers with global reach, full adaptive bit rate streaming, faster start-up times, and interactivity for their online video assets.
The two companies have a combined customer base that includes the leading media, ecommerce and enterprise companies, as well as small businesses around the globe.
The integrated solution is designed to give customers a fast seamless path to leverage the proven advantages of Akamai's HD Network and Brightcove's feature-rich online video platform to deliver high quality, adaptive bit rate video across Flash and iOS devices.
Paul Sagan, Akamai President and CEO, said: "We've already seen a tipping point with adoption of high definition video online and now we're seeing similar customer interest in seamless ways for enterprises big and small to use video to attract, engage and retain online audiences.
"Our alliance with Brightcove is important because it is designed to enable companies to have easy access to the high quality made possible by the Akamai HD Network and they will now have it instantly and around the world."
Jeremy Allaire, Brightcove Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: "Online video has become as ubiquitous as text on the Web, creating increased demand for high quality video experiences across all screens. Brightcove and Akamai share a strong commitment to online video quality and providing the best user experience possible and together we expect to set the standard for innovation in the industry and accelerate the adoption of new technologies throughout the world."
Brightcove is now a part of the Akamai HD Network partner ecosystem. Akamai's HD Network was developed with the goal of delivering the highest quality experience at broadcast audience scale¹ across the industry's most popular devices, platforms and runtimes and enabling content owners to increase audience engagement and expand revenues through higher quality video playback and interactivity.
Akamai's HD Network was further designed to deliver live and on-demand content while leveraging an infrastructure of tens of thousands of HTTP servers deployed globally in ISP servers. Further information is available at: www.akamai.com/hdnetwork Akamai is also now part of the Brightcove Alliance partner ecosystem. The Brightcove Alliance is a global ecosystem of more than 200 leading technology and distribution partners who have integrated with the Brightcove online video platform, as well as solution providers building customer websites and video applications using Brightcove. Through the Brightcove Alliance, organisations worldwide have access to a broad range of expert partners, pre-integrated technologies and services to support online video initiatives of any size and scope in every market. Further information is available at: www.brightcove.com/en/partners (KMcA)
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