Internet TV, Better Quality Than Broadcast: Akamai’s Hafez

LAS VEGAS — Remember your old 56Kbps modem, screeching along and laboring to buffer a video clip, in the early days of internet media? Well, those days are gone. Now, television networks want to deliver round-the-clock TV channels over the internet – and the quality can be even better than cable TV, according to one technology exec. […]

 

Video Viewing Analytics Drives Ad Buys and Consumer Insights

LAS VEGAS — Analytics on consumption and delivery of video across a content distribution network can help inform ad buys, ensure safe travel of video, and prevent fraud, says Michael Fay, VP Product Management and Operations at Akamai in an interview with Beet.TV. “Whether linear or OTT or file-based, analytics are important. You need analytics for trouble shooting and for quality […]

 

Consumers Have Started The Journey To 4K: Akamai’s Fay

LAS VEGAS — Most parts of the industry seem to think it will be a while before 4K, super-high-definition content is being streamed en masse. But network company Akamai says it can see consumer bandwidth increase positively toward that time. “We’ve started seeing growth not only in traffic on the network but growth in individual bitrates,” Akamai product management […]

 

Akamai Thinks Differently For 4K Video Future

LAS VEGAS — 4K TVs were all the rage at the Consumer Electronics Show – but 4K content for those shiny new screens was not so much in evidence. The chicken-and-egg problem likely involves the realization that, today, broadband pipes just aren’t big enough to deliver next-generation TV quality en masse. “We know that customers […]

 

Growing Demand For Video Quality Tests Networks: Akamai’s Michel

AMSTERDAM — Networks are going to have to get smarter in the future if they are going to cope with booming demand for high-quality video, says network technology group Akamai. “Demands of audiences are going to increase, expecting broadcast-levels of quality,” Akamai product marketing director Kurt Michel tells Beet.TV at IBC Show. “Quality means more […]

 

Akamai Wants To Turn Consumer Gadgets In To Video Nodes

Akamai is commonly thought of as the content powerhouse in the sky, thanks to its online server capacity. But soon it wants to start turning consumer devices in to a video delivery network. Elaborating on October’s announcement, in which Akamai struck a relationship to add its software to Cisco routers, its media SVP and GM Bill Wheaton […]

 

Akamai Casts Its Diagnostics Eye Over More Video Services

Time was, Akamai was a plain old content delivery network. Then it began offering video distributors Sola analytics tools to track audience behavior and quality of video service. Sola‘s latest addition this year, Viewer Diagnostics, aims to tell advertisers and video service operators just how well end users are experiencing their video. “We can see […]

 

Akamai Puts Video Transcoding In Its Cloud

AMSTERDAM — Akamai may be best known for helping speed up the flow of internet packets of all kinds using its distributed network technologies. But the Cambridge, MA-based outfit is also zeroing in on the booming online video industry. In this video interview with Beet.TV at the IBC show, EMEA product director Stuart Cleary says […]