We decided to take a look at the different content delivery networks out there and provide some of the information to our readers.
There’s nothing explicit on the site regarding API interfacing, but
they clearly are a leader in the industry and offer fully
customized solutions. They also have a very good sales and
technical team. They must be contacted to discuss the API
functionality, but they do offer the info below:
"Starting with an a-la-carte selection of the standard components
that comprise the world-class Limelight Content Delivery Network
(CDN), our service professionals can quickly shape and implement a
custom CDN that's right for you. Limelight's distributed network
architecture and versatile family of CDN products were designed
from the ground up to offer flexibility in the delivery of rich
media to enormous broadband and mobile audiences.
The custom CDN that Limelight customizes and creates for you can be
run on your own servers or you can host it on Limelight servers.
If, for technical, logistical or business model reasons, you need
to have dedicated servers at your own sites, Limelight's technology
makes it easy to CDN-enable them without the complicated
re-engineering required by some distributed delivery systems.
Brightcove is on par with Limelight as an industry leader when it
comes to offering the most advanced product list and support tools
for maintaining and delivering digital media. They received a good
amount of media attention when they raised over 50 million in
ActionScript API’s “that you can use to extend our players and
create your own functionality on top of the Brightcove service.”
is the starting point to their Developers Center and provides
access to all API information:
Brightcove's “How To” section, found below, seems particularly
Follow these short step-by-step walk-through of development basics
and common application functionality. Some How To's contain sample
code that you can download and work with locally.
• Embedding the Brightcove Player in your flash app
• ActionScript Basics with the Brightcove player
• Swap players in-page
• Adding simple search functionality to your app
• Creating closed captions with cue points
Make note however, that: For the time being, the APIs are being
provided but not actively supported by Brightcove. You're best bet
is to find help in the Brightcove forums or other networks
This could clearly cause some development issues when integrating
into a user's site.
ThePlatform which is owned by Comcast out of Philly seeks to “make
broadband video manageable.” It's really a CMS and a CDN in one
which makes it different than a Brightcove which is more focused on
delivery of content. Its broadband video ASP delivers proven media
management and publishing technology that supports a companies
business model with a versatile approach to the ideal technical
solution for your needs.
Refer to this link for
an overview of the services:
This is clearly an all-in-one solution, in addition to the fact
they have digital media professionals that can guide a customer
through the entire process:
In terms of API connectivity, they mention the following in
relation to their mpsFramework (note that there must be extreme
flexibility given the solutions they provide):
Akamai is probably the premier global IT services provider,
especially when it comes to the delivery of rich media content.
They effectively offer everything a website could possibly need in
terms of ground-up, all-encompassing customization:
Akamai Stream OS represents a very powerful Web-based suite of
configurable services and tools that ease the publishing of rich
media to the Web, map out detailed usage reports, automatically do
ad insertion, digital rights management, and eCommerce. These
services make it easy for content owners to manage and deliver all
of their rich media—including WindowsMedia, RealMedia, QuickTime,
Flash, MP3, software downloads, and electronic documents. Robust
rich media management and near real-time reporting empower content
owners to rapidly refine and optimize return on investment.
This entire online offering sits on the "tiny ;-)" backbone of
20,000 servers located around the world, which is something unique
to Akamai. Regardless, they certainly offer API connectivity, but
the product/services need to be researched by your CTO to get more
Lightningcast has developed the market leading software platform
for broadband marketing and advertising. They have enable the
owners as well as the distributors of broadband audio and video to
increase their revenue potential by providing seamless content and
ad insertion; CMS and reporting; auditing and targeting; a variety
of audience analytics; streaming operations and support; media
player enhancements; varying management of your media; and other
technologies to help you deliver your content.
The Lightningcast System is a hosted ad insertion, trafficking,
scheduling, auditing, and reporting platform used by major media
companies including AOL, Microsoft, Disney/ABC, Scripps Networks,
MTV and others.
I hope this helps people in choosing an appropriate Content
Delivery Network. Let us know your experience with any of these