Alex Balford

Akamai Releases Updates to Media Delivery Products: Media Delivery 4.3

Blog Post created by Alex Balford Employee on Nov 16, 2016

Release date:

Q3 2016



As part of the Media Delivery 4.3, Akamai has introduced new features spanning across key focal areas including product performance, self serviceability, cost efficiency, security and general CDN capabilities.


Delivery 4.3 focuses on enhancements to Adaptive Media Delivery, Download Delivery, and Object Delivery. Details on the features included in this release is provided below.


Feature Highlights:


Product Performance & Reliability


HTTP/2 Support

HTTP/2 is the first new version of the fundamental Web protocol in over 10 years, and is expected to receive widespread adoption. Akamai’s media delivery products now support baseline features of HTTP/2 such as multiplexing, which allows several requests to be sent in rapid succession on the same TCP connection, and responses to be received out of order. This eliminates the need for multiple connections between the client and the server.


Policy Safety Live Checks

A feature has been added to perform dynamic run-time checks on metadata to ensure its safe for deployment. The feature performs a Live Check Service for ARL metadata, purge and TAPIOCA policies prior to zoning and deployment.


Cost Efficiency


Shared Cert Now a Base Feature

Shared Cert will be added as a base feature of all Media Delivery, Download Delivery, Object Delivery, and Dynamic Site Delivery. This change ensures that all future HTTPS traffic delivered using these products over the Freeflow network is billed at the same rate as HTTP.

Cloud Interconnects

Akamai has completed its first public cloud interconnect with Google. A cloud interconnect involves a network integration at select locations, but is not a reseller relationship. The integration offers public cloud customers significant discounts on compute and storage egress if they use an interconnected CDN. While Google is the first interconnect completed, efforts are underway to add additional interconnects.   



Media Security Enhancements for Adaptive Media Delivery

Token Authentication now automatically supports both end user clients that support cookies and those that cannot support cookies or don’t allow 3rd party cookies. AMD customers are now able to automatically secure their content through Roku, Safari and other popular clients used for viewing.

  • Available across all supported delivery formats (HLS, DASH, HDS, HSS)
  • Support for On-Demand


Self Serviceability

Self Service Performance Configuration for Object Delivery

This feature "productizes" critical performance related optimizations that are currently applied manually by PS and Performance Engineering teams. This new feature provides customers a simplified way to enter details regarding their audience size, locations, catalog size, content type and delivery format. As a result, customers can now optimize their configuration to satisfy their use case.


General features

Beta Channel Support

Customers using Adaptive Media Delivery, Download Delivery or Object Delivery can now opt-in for access to Beta Channel, allowing them to quickly and easily adopt and evaluate Akamai beta capabilities. Beta Channel provides access to new beta capabilities as they become available and allows customers to subscribe to all features rather than having to adopt each beta feature individually.