Akamai is excited to announce new enhancements for customers with live video streaming use cases. Akamai customers have traditionally utilized a single configuration within Luna to provision a live streaming configuration. This has provided limitations around scale and flexibility especially for customers with more complex live or live linear streaming scenarios. With the latest releases of Media Services (v4.1) and Adaptive Media Delivery (v4.5), Akamai has improved the process using a more modular approach to provision live streams on the Akamai Intelligent Platform. Now customers using both products, will have separate configurations for each:
- A Media Services Live configuration to handle ingest of streams
- An Adaptive Media Delivery configuration to handle all live delivery features
This enhancement allows customers to take advantage of Akamai’s full range of ingest, liveOrigin™ and delivery capabilities going forward.
Adaptive Media Delivery- Live Optimizations
This article focuses mainly on the updates to Adaptive Media Delivery as part of the Delivery 4.5 release, which build upon the self service performance optimizations released as part of Delivery 4.4 for customers with video on demand use cases. Now Adaptive Media Delivery customers who also use Media Services Live 4.1 as their live origin will benefit from the following improvements when provisioning their delivery property:
- Simplified Product Configuration Process
- Enhanced Delivery Performance
- Improved Origin Offload
Simplified product configuration process
Customers using property manager to provision their Adaptive Media Delivery configuration for a live video use case will now experience a simplified setup process. Customers no longer need to fine tune configurations with optimal caching policies, tiered distribution, edge maps, advanced metadata and other complex settings. Instead, Akamai will help design the performance policy to fit the customer.
Once the live video use case is chosen, Akamai applies a series of “best practice” optimizations out-of-the-box. These settings ensure optimal performance for the base product i.e. appropriate HTTP & media format settings. As users continue to provision their live video property, they will be asked to answer a few questions about their use case, including origin characteristics, content characteristics and client characteristics. Based on the options selected in these categories, Akamai will apply “use case provisioning” settings to further optimize the performance for that particular use case.
To illustrate the customer experience let’s look at an example.
Let’s say you are an OTT video provider with a live linear channel lineup. Using the new Akamai self service tools to configure performance for an Adaptive Media Delivery property using property manager would look like the following:
Best Practice optimizations would automatically be applied to your Adaptive Media Delivery Live configuration for baseline performance.
As users continue to provision their live video property, they will be asked to answer a few questions about their use case, including origin characteristics, content characteristics and client characteristics. Based on the options selected in these categories, Akamai will apply “use case provisioning” settings to further optimize the performance for that particular use case.
Enhanced Delivery Performance
Customers with live video use cases will soon benefit from several enhancements that improve delivery performance. These include content compression of manifest files to end viewer client devices, optimal caching policies, support for Akamai’s Media Acceleration (requires integration of Media Acceleration SDK), and other prioritized performance settings which enhance throughput performance over the Akamai Intelligent Platform. These settings are applied to minimize start up times, latency and ensure a high sustained throughput to maintain high picture quality and minimal rebuffering for end viewers.
Improved Origin Offload
Customers with live video use cases will benefit from improvements that reduce the load on origin infrastructures through advanced caching and object chunking settings that are applied to a property configuration to improve response times to end viewer requests and improve origin offload.
For more information:
- A detailed Quick Start Guide for setting up live configurations using the new provisioning UIs for Media Services Live and Adaptive Media Delivery is available here.
- While these enhancements are initially available for Adaptive Media Delivery customers using Media Services Live 4.1, support will also be added for customers using 3rd party origins. Additional communication will be provided when available.