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- Akamai HD Network ensures high quality video on demand streaming for the Festival's global audience
CANNES, FRANCE – May 15, 2012 – Akamai Technologies SARL (NASDAQ:AKAM, news, filings), the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere, today announced that the Akamai HD Network will provide online video coverage of the 65th Cannes International Film Festival to all mobile-connected attendees and also to official Cannes International Film Festival website visitors.
In 2011, for the first time in the event's history, Akamai delivered movie trailers and related on-demand content to iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry devices across the Akamai Intelligent Platform's HD Network. Following the resounding success of the initiative, the red carpet events, new films and trailers will again be offered via streaming to all connected and mobile devices.
By simplifying the process of HD delivery to mobile and tablet devices, Akamai has lowered the barrier to new content experiences, allowing festival directors and burgeoning filmmakers alike to define their digital strategy without having to master every element of digital distribution technology, and enabling digital marketing at every stage of the distribution cycle.
"The Cannes Film Festival is one of the industry's most prestigious events and our relationship stretches back over many years and has seen Akamai delivering the Festival's Internet content from as early as 2000," said Stuart Cleary, EMEA Product Director of Digital Media at Akamai. "We are honored to once again be streaming trailers of films being screened at the event – as well as content from the proceedings and awards presentations – to fans and film enthusiasts, allowing them to experience the atmosphere and excitement of the globally recognized film festival alongside those actually attending the event. And, as the Festival has embraced the digital age and all the opportunities it presents, we're very proud to be an integral part in enabling that to happen."
Part of Akamai Sola Media Solutions, the Akamai HD Network is a cloud-based technology platform for live and on-demand video streaming which scales on-demand to support the largest online events by managing millions of simultaneous streams. Supported by the Akamai Intelligent Platform, the Akamai HD Network enables the economic online distribution of content to the broadest possible array of devices, delivering rich, high-definition quality video to any device at broadcast-size audiences.
Daily on-demand video coverage and film trailers from this year's Cannes Film Festival are available at www.festival-cannes.com.
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