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8 Things to consider when choosing a CDN
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When choosing to buy CDN service there are a lot of factors which go into play.  Obviously, you want the best service for the best price.  Use the following as guide to help you when interviewing CDN service providers.

1. Bandwidth needs
What are your bandwidth needs?  Are you going to use 50GB/month or 50TB/month?  CDNs charge by GB transferred (in most cases).  If you’re only delivering a small amount of traffic, it may not be necessary to purchase CDN service.  You might be able to get away with upping your current web host provider from a shared environment to a dedicated environment.  Maybe it’s time to move to a business class web host, instead of that $5/month provider you’re using now.

It doesn’t make sense to pay a Tier 1 CDN thousands of dollars a year to deliver 4 videos.  If you’re having so much problems with your video or software downloads, then look at the root cause and fix it!

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Silverlight Beta 3 Released
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Microsoft's Silverlight 3 goes into beta

By David Meyer, ZDNet UK | 2009/03/20 11:26:01

Microsoft has released a beta for the third version of Silverlight, its rich-media plug-in for web browsers.

The beta version of the Flash rival was announced on Wednesday at Microsoft's Mix 09 event in Las Vegas. Silverlight 3 makes it possible for the first time to run Silverlight web applications outside the browser.

Enhancements include native support for H.264 video and Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), as well as support for high-definition and 3D graphics. Graphics processing unit (GPU) acceleration is also supported.

Microsoft also announced that French IT company Soyatec, a member of the Eclipse Foundation, will produce a community technology preview of Eclipse Tools for Silverlight (Eclipse4SL) for Apple's Macintosh, so Mac developers can create rich internet applications (RIAs) for the Silverlight platform. In a statement, Microsoft said its funding of this venture demonstrated its "continued commitment to openness and interoperability".

Silverlight 3 includes more than 60 controls with source code, including new layout containers and auto-complete, tree-view and data grid controls. So-called "deep linking" is now supported, so pages within RIAs can be bookmarked.

The out-of-browser capabilities found in Silverlight 3 are analogous to what can be achieved with Adobe's AIR platform.

According to the Silverlight website, out-of-browser Silverlight applications will use the security features of the .NET framework, running "inside a secure sandbox with persistent isolated storage".

Microsoft says such applications have "most of the same security restrictions" as normal web applications, and can therefore be run without the need for security warnings or prompts.

 
Dragonfruit Studios Selects the Kaltura
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Dragonfruit Studios Selects the Kaltura Open Source Online Video Platform to Power Video for the Company’s Multi-Platform Properties

Dragonfruit’s First Implementation of Kaltura is for ApollosPad.tv.

Atlanta, GA and New York, NY, May 26, 2009

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Dragonfruit Studios, a multi-platform entertainment studio and media company, announced today that it has selected Kaltura, Inc. (http://www.kaltura.com), developer of the first open source online video platform, to power www.apollospad.tv, the site of the web-based comedy series Apollo's Pad it manages together with Galleon plc. Billed as 'The Most Finest Night Club and Puppet Show on the Internet', Apollo's Pad is aimed at the young-male demographic with short, funny, satirical, and highly irreverent comedy episodes.

The Apollo’s Pad site leverages Kaltura’s dynamic video player, premium encoding for high quality video display and streaming, video distribution features, and Kaltura’s management console to upload and manage all of the show’s content.

“We conducted a rather thorough evaluation of a number of different options for a video management, presentation, and distribution platform. Kaltura rose to the top in every category of the evaluation - against serious competition,” said Melissa Honabach of Dragonfruit Studios.  “As an emerging media, entertainment, and branded entertainment company, we look to Kaltura as a platform with which we can create and deliver a broad range of properties and programs and believe it to be a serious competitive advantage and point of differentiation."

Dragonfruit Studios and Kaltura are already working on several additional online shows to be launched this year.

“There is an increasing amount of original high-quality content that is created especially to be broadcasted online,” said Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman and CEO.  “Our open source platform allows content creators and publishers like Dragonfruit Studios to create custom video experiences for online viewers in the most flexible and cost-effective way.  We are delighted to be working together, and are looking forward to our upcoming implementations with this great partner."

About Dragonfruit Studios

Dragonfruit Studios was founded in 2008 by Michael Koziol and Melissa Honabach as a multi-platform entertainment studio and media company. The company currently has a number of entertainment projects at various stages of development.   Additionally, Dragonfruit Studios has a joint venture relationship with Galleon Holdings plc - a London-based entertainment company. Under the relationship, Dragonfruit has full worldwide digital rights, including distribution, advertising, branded entertainment, and general exploitation for Apollo’s Pad; U.S. broadcast right for Apollo’s Pad; and U.S. broadcast and digital rights for Super Soccer Star.

About Apollo’s Pad

Apollo's Pad is a multiplatform entertainment property aimed at the highly coveted yet elusive young male audience offering them unique, broadcast-quality comedy entertainment online and via mobile devices. The property features a series of webisodes set in the fictional Apollo’s Pad nightclub and a cast of characters modeled after different musical genres. The future plans for Apollo’s Pad involve more aggressive and broader distribution across global digital entertainment networks; brand integration with the property, characters, and music videos; and the growth of the Apollo’s Pad community.


Apollo’s Pad was created by Galleon Holdings plc, which owns the intellectual property related to the property.

 

About Kaltura

Kaltura provides the world's first Open Source Online Video Platform.  With more than 25,000 active publishers, Kaltura's flexible framework empowers any site with advanced video functionality.  Founded in 2006, Kaltura’s open source code is available as a free Software Development Kit and as downloadable packages for leading platforms – such as Drupal, WordPress and MediaWiki.  Kaltura also provides supplementary paid services including maintenance, support, integration, professional development, streaming and hosting, ad serving, content syndication, and aggregation of related third party services.  Since its public launch, New York-based Kaltura has won numerous awards, such as Microsoft and TheMarker’s ‘Most Promising Start-up in Israel’ for 2009, TechCrunch40 People’s Choice award, Mashable’s ‘Open Web’ award, AlwaysOn’s top 250 global company and top 100 media company awards, and TV Week’s 5 Video Startups to Watch in 2009.   For more information, visit www.kaltura.com.

 
Influxis Introduces the First 3D Flash MMO Chat Environment
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Influxis LogoInfluxis Introduces the First 3D Flash MMO Chat Environment


Santa Clarita, CA (PRWEB) May 26, 2009 -- Influxis, the leading Flash Media Server specialist company, has built and released the first Flash 3D massively multiplayer online chat application for the Adobe Flash Media Server (FMS) using a framework combination of custom code, FMS, and the Away3D platform, a real-time 3D engine for Flash. The application is called Massiva 3D and introduces the never before seen possibility of having a 3D multi-user chat environment over the Adobe Flash Player plug-in, a media player already installed on 98% of computers in the world.

Flash Media Server specialist Influxis creates a new 3D chat application for the Adobe Flash Player. Customers can create any kind of world they want - can be a beach scene, an alien world, or an online club The application's possibilities are endless, and this is only the beginning. We hope that early adopter developers will be able to take this beta application and extend its capabilities even further. Our full release of the application will include even more game-like functionalities and options.

Our team of FMS developers are eager to use the latest technologies to try new things, and with Massiva 3D, we are crossing into a new untapped territory for our business by having a pre-built application for creating 3D chat environments We believe this kind of innovation along with our one-to-one developer support is what sets Influxis apart in the industry. Our customers trust us to have or develop the solutions necessary to make their wildest ideas for collaborative applications come to life.

While currently in beta release, Influxis designed the Massiva 3D application to allow for branding opportunities and customization of the 3D environment including custom avatars, buildings, objects, and weather. "Customers can create any kind of world they want - can be a beach scene, an alien world, or an online club," said Paul Blakely, Influxis VP of Marketing. "The application's possibilities are endless, and this is only the beginning. We hope that early adopter developers will be able to take this beta application and extend its capabilities even further. Our full release of the application will include even more game-like functionalities and options."

Early adopters of the Massiva 3D application have compared its functionality to a simplified version of Second Life, a virtual world developed by Linden Lab accessible through the Internet. However the key difference many developers and companies are excited about is the fact that Massiva 3D does not require the end user to download anything other than the Adobe Flash Player which nearly all computers in the world already have. This means the Massiva 3D application can be accessed directly from from any web browser such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc. and via any operating system whether PC or Mac.

"Our team of FMS developers are eager to use the latest technologies to try new things, and with Massiva 3D, we are crossing into a new untapped territory for our business by having a pre-built application for creating 3D chat environments," said Blakely. "We believe this kind of innovation along with our one-to-one developer support is what sets Influxis apart in the industry. Our customers trust us to have or develop the solutions necessary to make their wildest ideas for collaborative applications come to life."

More information, screenshots and a demo of the Massiva 3D application are available on the Influxis website at: http://influxis.com/applications/massiva/.

About Influxis:
Influxis is an official Adobe hosting partner and specialist for the Adobe Flash Media Interactive Server. Since 2002, Influxis has built an international FMS hosting network and a series of customizable pre-built Flash applications. With a reputation for exceptional customer service and value, Influxis provides extremely reliable connections and low latency speeds via an international network of FMS servers in the U.S., U.K., and Germany. All accounts include an account management interface and access to a series of pre-built Flash applications. Customers include advertising firms, financial institutions, major international and domestic network studios, software development companies, professional sports organizations, automobile manufacturers, and more. To learn more about the Influxis' worldwide Adobe Flash Media Interactive Server hosting services: http://www.influxis.com.

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