CDN Provider Fastly Enhances Its Live Streaming and Video-On-Demand Portfolio

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Fastly (NYSE: FSLY), a CDN provider delivering a global edge cloud platform, has announced advancements to its comprehensive portfolio of live streaming and video-on-demand services.

Lee Chen
“COVID has drastically accelerated the quantity and frequency of live streaming viewership that we were already seeing pre-pandemic,” said Lee Chen, vice president of corporate development and strategic partnerships at Fastly.

As organizations continue to experience a shift from in-person to online, the need to deliver high-quality, low-latency content in a secure and scalable way has become more crucial than ever before, stated Fastly. The CDN provider’s enhanced ‘Live Event Services’ and video-on-demand features would enable developers to respond to a recent rise in live streaming events influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to preparing for long-term video streaming trends.

“COVID has drastically accelerated the quantity and frequency of live streaming viewership that we were already seeing pre-pandemic,” said Lee Chen, vice president of corporate development and strategic partnerships at Fastly. “The gap between those investing in streaming technologies and those who are not, is widening and becoming more prominent than ever before. Having the correct set of tools and technologies is essential for businesses to accelerate their digital transformation and stay ahead of their competitors.”

Fastly’s Live Events offering would now include:

  • Media Shield with Origin Insights – Technologists can optimize multi-CDN deployments and reduce streaming costs, while gaining real-time analytics and visibility into the egress data collected from the origin infrastructure to Fastly’s Edge Cloud.
  • Live Event Monitoring – Organizations can rely on a team of Fastly experts to monitor, alert, and troubleshoot complex issues throughout high-profile, mission-critical events. This would enable a faster, more consistent viewer experience.
  • Capacity Reservations – Organizations can “easily” reserve additional bandwidth to prepare for high-traffic events.
  • Real-time Observability – Technologists can gain real-time insights into how their users are consuming streaming content. This would empower them to proactively identify and fix potential issues.

Accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of video-on-demand users is projected to be up by nearly 50 million at the end of this year, stated Fastly. The CDN provider’s video-on-demand services now include:

  • Device Detection – Video engineers can write logic to tailor content for a variety of device types, improving delivery quality and user experience.
  • Enhanced On-the-fly Packager (OTFP) – Organizations can cut costs associated with duplicating content for different packaging HTTP streaming protocols. Enhancements include multi-language audio and additional DRM partner integrations.
  • VPN/Proxy Detection – Enhanced programmability at the edge enables organisations to detect when VPNs and proxies are being used to bypass content protection.