Akamai Technologies has announced that Sky Italia, Italian pay TV provider which is fully owned by 21st Century Fox with over three million combined active users has selected its Media Delivery solutions to enhance online viewing experience, especially for its Sky Go video service on mobile.
Akamai, a leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications said that using its NetStorage cloud-based storage platform together with high-speed file transfer solutions from Aspera, an IBM company, Sky saw an increase in file upload speeds by up to 650 percent. Akamai added that in-order for Sky to cope with the demand and an increasing amount of content offered via mobile devices, Sky needed to improve the upload speed of titles onto its storage systems.
Vincenzo Roggio, Distribution Platform Design & Development Engineer, Sky Italia
With a 2500-movie library, almost five million subscribers to our satellite channels and more than two million weekly downloads, it is important that we are able to offer new content in the fastest and most effective way without affecting quality. Since we added Akamai's new Aspera high speed file upload service to our NetStorage platform, we have dramatically increased upload speed, resulting in an optimized content management workflow.
Doug Tilford, senior vice president & general manager, EMEA, Akamai
There are numerous challenges that media companies such as Sky face when launching new online and on demand services. The close integration between Aspera and Akamai creates a complete system that makes it as easy as possible for Sky to turbo charge its upload capabilities, allowing subscribers to access a continuously updated video library featuring thousands of titles, which they can instantly download and view whenever they want, even from mobile devices.