AnimeNewsNetwork.Com Partners with Edgecast Networks to Unveil Streaming Video Service

Jul 9th 2008
Ad-supported Anime streaming service utilizes advanced features from leading content delivery network

LOS ANGELES, CA – July 3, 2008 – EdgeCast Networks, the superior, cost-effective rich media content delivery network (CDN), and AnimeNewsNetwork.com, the world's leading Japanese animation content website, publicly unveiled a new Anime video streaming service today. The content is being delivered around the world exclusively via the EdgeCast content delivery network. The service will be supported by video advertising and free for viewers.

AnimeNewsNetwork.com delivers 2.3 million unique visitors with over 19 million page views per month. Internet metrics firm Alexa puts AnimeNewsNetwork.com consistently in its top 1,500 websites worldwide.

EdgeCast Networks, utilizing their worldwide content delivery network, will power the streaming video services. The service will be among the first to leverage the new Adobe Flash Media Server 3 [FMS] platform to securely deliver near broadcast-quality h.264 video to end users on Windows, Mac and Linux environments. EdgeCast has implemented FMS security features such as RTMPe delivery, SWF verification, and token authentication throughout its global content delivery network, making this service possible while minimizing security risks such as piracy and stream ripping.

“I couldn't be happier with the level of service we've received from EdgeCast Networks,” said Justin Sevakis, AnimeNewsNetwork.com director of new media. “This service would not be possible if it weren't for the reliable delivery and support for the newest technologies that EdgeCast provides.”

The English speaking Japanese animation (“anime”) market has struggled in recent years despite a robust and growing audience, a fact largely attributed to internet piracy. An estimated 69% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 29 watch anime regularly, according to a 2007 poll. AnimeNewsNetwork.com's video player provides anime fans the speed and ease of internet delivery, while giving content owners the security and quality they require.

“Many of our prospects and customers have legitimate concerns about streaming license-protected media globally, due to perceived risks about piracy or other types of misuse,” said James Segil, co-founder and president of EdgeCast Networks. “But our robust security features give content owners and distributors full control over who sees what and when, eliminating the chances of licensing violations that threaten the integrity of the service. We're very excited to enable companies like ANN to stream licensed content with the peace of mind that everyone's rights are protected.”

Initially the service will include nearly three hundred trailers for various anime programs, as well as editorial video produced by AnimeNewsNetwork.com such as interviews, reviews and virtual tours of the anime industry's leading production studios.

About Anime News Network, Inc.
Founded in 1998, Anime News Network is the leading English source of up to date news on the anime and manga industries. From the in-depth coverage, analysis and commentary to the unparalleled resources of the online anime Encyclopedia, AnimeNewsNetwork.com is the most popular anime website in the world, in any language. Anime News Network also owns and operates the print publication Protoculture Addicts, the oldest English anime magazine still in publication. More information is available at www.animenewsnetwork.com/faq.

About EdgeCast Networks, Inc.
EdgeCast offers a superior, cost-effective global content delivery service that gives our customers competitive advantage in the delivery of digital media. Our world-class content delivery platform provides customers the cost benefits and flexibility of controlling their own content delivery network while liberating them from ISP contracts, capital investments and operational hassles. To learn more, visit www.edgecast.com.

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