Video streaming software provider Bitmovin announced the launch and immediate general availability of Bitmovin’s Live Encoder running on distributed cloud platform Akamai Cloud Computing.

Bitmovin said the move is intended to help streaming services deliver better live viewing experiences across a host of use cases including sports/eSports, news, online fitness, eLearning, religious services, large-scale events, corporate communications, and political campaigns among others.


Stefan Lederer, Bitmovin

Bitmovin’s Live Encoder also supports several ad monetisation models, including 24/7 linear television channels and free ad-supported television (FAST) channels.

Dan Lawrence, vice president of cloud computing at Akamai, said: “Bitmovin can help its live-streaming customers deliver higher-quality viewing experiences, and reduce and better control costs by running Live Encoder on Akamai Cloud Computing. Placing and executing Live Encoder’s critical compute functions closer to end users can realize lower latency streaming while maintaining the high quality of service that consumers have come to expect and demand from streaming providers. It can also help dramatically reduce DTO fees in many cases. Collectively, we believe this meets the industry’s desire to continue raising the standards of live streaming, provide lower and more predictable operational costs, and more opportunities to monetise content.”

Stefan Lederer, CEO and co-founder of Bitmovin, added: “Our Live Encoder elevates live streaming, eliminating sub-par image and audio quality so audiences can enjoy truly immersive live experiences. It’s a huge honour to announce our Live Encoder is running on Akamai Cloud Computing, which will help organisations of every size accelerate the quality of their live streaming workflows and deliver world-class viewing experiences.”

The Bitmovin Live Transcoder running on Akamai comes by way of Bitmovin joining the Akamai Qualified Computing Partner (QCP) Program. The programme is designed to make solution-based services that are interoperable with Akamai Cloud Computing services easily accessible to Akamai customers. The services are provided by Akamai technology partners that complete a rigorous qualification process to ensure they are readily available to deploy and scale across the globally distributed Akamai Connected Cloud.