BitGravity, the world’s first and only content delivery network (CDN) purpose-built to deliver HD and SD video-on-demand and live streaming, and HD Cloud, an enterprise-class video transcoding provider, announced a partnership in which BitGravity will offer its customers on-demand transcoding services provided by HD Cloud. BitGravity customers will be able to upload and transcode videos through an interface powered by HD Cloud, and have the encoded files placed into their BitGravity account.
“One of our primary goals is to offer value-added products and services on top of our carrier-grade global network,” said Mangesh Pimpalkhare, Vice President of Product Management at BitGravity. “HD Cloud represents the first partnership in our ecosystem of integrated solutions from trusted, high-quality third-parties that enable our customers to go beyond delivering better video experiences by solving problems, saving time, and generating more revenue with BitGravity. We partnered with HD Cloud because they offer high-quality transcoding services, support a wide range of formats, and are affordable.”
“HD Cloud is pleased to enter into this unique alliance between an enterprise-level cloud service provider and a global CDN,” added Nicholas Butterworth, CEO of HD Cloud. “BitGravity has been a leader in video delivery and now their customers will have a simple interface for managing multiple sites, encoding profiles, and encoding jobs that result in extremely high-quality encoded files. It will be simple for customers to transcode from many formats, such as the ability to transcode MPEG2s to FLVs for Web delivery or FLVs to h.264s for iPhone and iPad delivery.”
Wowza Media Systems, the media server software company, announced that it has partnered with CDNvideo, a Moscow, Russia based content delivery services provider (CDN) that has deployed Wowza Media Server 2 platform to immediately offer a complete suite of video streaming services. The Wowza-based services include live streaming, as well as video-on-demand delivery of content such as movie trailers and full length movies to mobile and desktop users.
Wowza Media Servers are deployed in CDNvideo-owned points of presence spanning Russia, Ukraine and Western Europe, delivering services for small-to-medium size businesses and large enterprises with packages starting at 300 Rubles (app. €9 Euro). CDNvideo’s services benefit content owners with its high performance and the flexibility to monetize video via multiple self-administered channels, including paid SMS messages and embedded video advertisements.
“Our CDN was built with a goal of delivering a three-screen, secure, high-quality video experience, and as importantly, to offer economically attractive pricing to our clients” said Yaroslav Gorodetsky, Chief Executive Officer of CDNvideo. “Deploying Wowza technology enables us to accomplish these goals.”
Wowza Media Server, the unified media server, enables simultaneous streaming to any screen — the desktop, mobile and the living room — delivered to popular players and devices, including Flash, Silverlight, Apple iPhone/iPod, Android, Blackberry, IPTV set-tops and more
“Wowza Media Server has become the premier media server choice for service providers,” commented Alex Dobrushin, Chief Marketing Officer at Wowza. “Wowza-powered cross-platform services are in high demand and we are excited to bring its benefits to customers in Russia, CIS and beyond trough our partnership with CDNvideo.”
Highwinds, a leader in content delivery, network and IP services, announced that it has acquired Internet infrastructure service provider BandCon, based in Costa Mesa, Calif. The BandCon Content Delivery System is a natural fit with Highwinds’ multiplatform IP service offerings, including its content delivery network (CDN). The acquisition validates Highwinds’ success as a profitable and rapidly growing global provider of content delivery and network services.
“We are pleased to be able to leverage our balance sheet strength and financial success to make an acquisition of this magnitude,” said Steve Miller, chairman and CEO of Highwinds. “Over the past decade, BandCon has earned a great deal of industry respect. I continue to be impressed by the BandCon team, their experience and their dedication to customer service.”
The BandCon Content Delivery System is a set of Internet infrastructure and delivery products which complements Highwinds’ content delivery, network and IP services portfolio. As a result of this acquisition, BandCon and Highwinds customers now have access to an international network with 2 terabits per second of edge capacity and more than 70 POPs (points of presence) worldwide. The combined company now offers a full range of services including:
▪ Content Delivery Services
▪ Hosted IP Services and Software
▪ IP Transit and Transport Services
▪ Content Storage and Protection Services
▪ Colocation and Peering Solutions
“The acquisition of BandCon is highly accretive and significantly boosts the scale of Highwinds’ content delivery, network and IP services business,” said Steve Liddell, recently appointed president of Highwinds Content Delivery and Network Services.
Both companies are privately held and thus the terms of the deal will not be disclosed. BandCon founder and CEO Ari Benowitz will stay on as chief revenue officer of Highwinds and report to Steve Liddell.
Wowza Media Systems, the media server company, announced that GS Neotek, one of the largest Content Delivery Networks (CDN) in South Korea and a Wowza Streaming Partner for more than a year, has upgraded to the Wowza Media Server 2 software. The upgrade has made an immediate impact for SBS (Seoul Broadcasting Systems), a GS Neotek customer that has successfully streamed the World Cup games to mobile customers on Apple iPhone/iPad and Android devices.
With Wowza Media Server 2, GS Neotek now has a unified delivery platform for live and on-demand video and audio streaming services encompassing a multitude of player clients and devices, including Flash, Silverlight, Android, and iPhone/iPad devices. Wowza’s industry-leading 10 Gbps per-server performance further enables GS Neotek to reduce its costs through lower media server and operating system licensing fees, and by eliminating the need for multiple client-specific media servers.
“GS Neotek has long been recognized as the best partner for delivering high-quality online video in South Korea and today we expand our vision,” said Nogi Yoon, manager of GS Neotek. “We chose Wowza Media Server 2 because it is easy to deploy, extremely cost-effective, and supports a diverse variety of players, platforms and devices. Wowza is the only solution we have encountered that offers high performance and an agile architecture that can evolve with the changing media delivery landscape. The result is that our customers can deliver reliable video to consumers on three screens — living room, mobile and desktop.”
Many companies in the media and e-learning markets, including such industry heavyweights as Naver, Ongamenet and Seoul Broadcasting Systems (SBS), rely on the GS Neotek-Wowza infrastructure for delivery of their content to multiple devices.
“Wowza’s partnership with GS Neotek illustrates our joint commitment to innovation and to providing customers with high-quality, enjoyable video streaming experience no matter the player or device platform they use,” said Dave Stubenvoll, CEO and co-founder, Wowza Media Systems. “We are very excited to expand our partnership with GS Neotek to further boost Wowza’s already formidable presence in the burgeoning South Korean market.”
As the industry’s first truly unified media server, Wowza Media Server 2 provides a cohesive software platform capable of simultaneously delivering video from a single encoded source to a multitude of clients and devices, including Flash, Silverlight, and QuickTime, IPTV set-top boxes, as well as the world’s leading video-friendly mobile devices including Android and Blackberry phones, as well as the Apple iPhone and iPad.
Highwinds, a content, network and hosted IP services business, announced that the National Association of Broadcasters selected its content delivery network (CDN) for the second consecutive year to deliver video from the annual NAB Show. Video highlights from the 2010 NAB Show, that took place from April 10-15 in Las Vegas, were delivered to online audiences over Highwinds’ CDN during and after the event through the NAB Show web site at www.nabshow.com.
Highwinds worked closely with the National Association of Broadcasters and Digital Rapids, who provided onsite transcoding technology again this year. Video of the event, including daily highlights, studio segments, and attendee and exhibitor interviews, were made available for on-demand distribution to worldwide audiences over Highwinds’ CDN. NAB offered more online video coverage than it had in previous years, with new event footage and segments.
Highwinds owns and operates the fastest growing CDN on the planet, delivering live and on-demand video from some of the world’s largest broadcasters to global audiences over its high-performance RollingThunder network. Customers gain intuitive self-provisioning features and superior content command and control with Highwinds’ StrikeTracker console and open APIs, enabling the immediate propagation and streaming of all video uploaded to Highwinds’ network.