Aims for Better HD Experience With Akamai

Posted by at 2:18 pm on September 22, 2010 and Akamai have announced that has implemented Akamai’s HD Network to enable broader availability of high-quality online video. will be utilizing the Akamai HD Network to assist in providing the best possible online video player experience for its fans.

This season, the majority of video content on will be offered in higher quality and delivered across the Akamai HD Network, including Live: Thursday Night Football offering live look-ins to NFL Network’s eight-game package, video highlights of every NFL game and coverage of other NFL events. In addition, exclusive video contained within the new NFL Fantasy Football game will be offered in higher quality through Akamai’s HD Network. The enhanced content will be made available in multiple bitrates up to 3.2 mbps.

The incorporation of Akamai’s HD Network into the video player includes several benefits:

  • Akamai HD for the Adobe Flash Platform – is currently leveraging HTTP-based adaptive bitrate streaming for smooth playback. will offer video content in multiple bitrates ranging from 500 kbps to 3.2 mbps to maximize the video experience for each user based on their bandwidth availability.
  • HD Client Technologies -“ NFL is using a range of HD Client technologies from Akamai including Akamai’s Open Video Player and the Akamai NetSession Client. The Open Video Player is being used on select areas of the site to provide the benefit of a built in integration with Akamai’s HD Network. users are currently able to access higher quality content on by downloading the Akamai NetSession Client. Moving forward, NetSession will help NFL further optimize the end-user’s experience by feeding information about device capabilities into the algorithms used by the player to choose the best stream for individual users.
  • Media Analytics -“ Through Akamai’s robust Media Analytics product, the NFL will have access to QOS information that will allow for better insight into the viewing experience on, as well as aggregated performance data to measure the impact that higher quality video delivery is having on its viewership.

“NFL is pushing the envelope this season with their digital media strategy by offering so much of their content in high-quality. The Akamai HD Network offers the NFL a single platform for delivery of content along with unique intelligence and the ability to simplify complex processes in the network,” said Robert Hughes, Executive Vice President of Global Sales, Services and Marketing at Akamai. “We are thrilled to be working closely with them to help raise the bar on the video experience for their fans.”

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