What CDN streaming service is like?

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Although the vast majority of content delivery networks are used for sending static assets (images, CSS, JavaScript), dynamic content delivery can also be accelerated with the help of specific CDN networks. Over the past years, live streaming has become a frequently demanded feature, this is why many providers started offering dynamic CDN solutions. What are the peculiarities and advantages of this option?

Spheres of application

CDN video streaming is widely used for broadcasting:

  • concerts;
  • sporting events;
  • lectures;
  • annual meetings and ceremonies;
  • contests.

You can manage several simultaneous streams (channels), which makes CDN ideal for multisession conferences. Using video templates you can have overall control over live stream and embed it on your website professionally. With a quality streaming CDN, you will find publication of a live stream simple. Supporting Flash Live Media Encoder (FLME) and Wirecast and other useful software, a good CDN will set a live stream up in a few seconds.

Advantages and features

Since streaming CDNs are only being implemented by some providers, they are not ideal – every solution has its pros and cons. When choosing a CDN for live streaming, pay attention to the following characteristics and peculiarities:

  1. The price of service. Pretty often, providers charge per active streams (channels), but some charge only for data usage at standard rates. Make a decision based on your needs and the frequency of broadcasts. If there’s an opportunity to use a free trial, don’t hesitate and go for it.
  2. Reporting features are not present in some new networks. However, you will definitely need reporting capabilities to find out how the stream is assessed, and who your audience is. The reports are similar to media reports and are pretty simple to understand.
  3. Compatibility with mobile devices is crucial, because almost half of Internet users access websites via smartphones and tablets. Make sure that at least the most commonly used devices on iOS and Android will play your stream: HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) should be fully supported for that.
  4. The level of customer support should be good enough to back your project up in case of failures in network or servers. Unless you’re a tech savvy developer, you will need professional technical assistance sooner or later. A decent provider should be able to render it around the clock.

Last but not the least is the location of edge servers: choose a CDN (content delivery network) with servers places as close to your target audience as possible.

Vadim Kolchev

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Vadim has graduated from Moscow Institute of Entrepreneurship and Law as finance and credit specialist. Prior to starting to work in hosting business directly, he occupied various roles in several companies, including but not limited to banking sphere and sports. As of 2015 he works for INXY Holding, with SpaceCDN being a vital part of the hosting branch of its business. Being tech enthusiast, he has started writing articles about dedicated servers, CDN, storage solutions and other hosting services long ago, and since then accumulated a lot of experience and knowledge in the field. Building hosting sales and support departments from scratch has added even more experience and knowledge and allowed to see the business from the inside and build required expertise. Now Vadim is CPO and COO of a successful hosting business. Having several important interviews and publications at platforms such as Hosting Journalist and Forbes, he continues to share knowledge about this branch of technology that has become not only his job but also a passion.

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