Crunchyroll Implements Akamai to Enhance Dynamic Digital Experience of Content to Its Customers
Leading online anime distributor inks deal with Akamai to raise the bar for its users and members
San Francisco, CA (June 9, 2009) — Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leader in powering rich media, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today announced that Crunchyroll, an online video service and community that offers full-length episodes and movies of Japanese anime and Asian entertainment, has implemented Akamai's Media Delivery solution to increase the speed and quality of its video delivery to users worldwide while still provide the highest quality of security available online for content holders of both simulcast and non-simulcast titles. Akamai is delivering all of Crunchyroll's online video, including some titles offered in High Definition (HD) streaming online. More information can be found at: http://www.crunchyroll.com.
Akamai has been pioneering HD video streaming on the Internet for years and content owners are quickly seizing the opportunity to bring HD content online. Global publishers and content owners now see the value derived from delivering online video content in the highest quality possible, including longer viewing times, more repeat visitors and the ability to attract premium advertisers.
“Crunchyroll's distribution channel and partnership program delivers content to over five million online community members worldwide,” said Crunchyroll's CEO Kun Gao. “This partnership with Akamai enables us to deliver a higher quality and a better digital experience for all of our global visitors, in support of both our general users and Crunchyroll's Anime Members. In addition, it provides the utmost in online security to protect the contents of our partners from illegal downloading and distribution. Fans can enjoy content, delivery speed and quality while License Holders can trust that Crunchyroll provides THE high level of security for their content.”
“We look forward to working closely with Crunchyroll to bring its fans a higher quality of digital experience,” said Tim Napoleon, Chief Strategist, Digital Media at Akamai. “The use of online video is growing rapidly and companies need to be prepared to handle the influx of traffic on their sites. Crunchyroll's website is incredibly dynamic – from thousands of videos to interactive games to user forums. Akamai's vast experience working with companies similar to Crunchyroll to serve up video fast and reliably, regardless of where the user is coming from, allows us to quickly meet Crunchyroll's business needs and allow them to offer the highest quality site possible.”
Crunchyroll is an online video service and community that offers full-length episodes and movies of the very best in Japanese anime and Asian entertainment. Crunchyroll's content is provided by Asian media leaders including TV TOKYO, Shueisha, d-rights, Fuji Creative Corporation, Pony Canyon, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Toei Animation, Gonzo, Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation America and many others.
Crunchyroll was founded in June 2006 and has offices in both San Francisco
and Tokyo. Crunchyroll is a pioneer and innovator within the Japanese anime
industry and the only video service in the world to offer hit programs like
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN, GINTAMA and many others online to its subscribers within
one hour of their Japanese broadcast. Crunchyroll is a member of the
Association of Japanese Animation (AJA) and the Licensing International
Merchandisers' Association (LIMA) and is funded by leading venture capital
firm, Venrock. More information can be found at its website
Akamai® provides market-leading managed services for powering rich media, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been adopted by the world's most recognized brands across diverse industries. The alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed online. Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable place to inform, entertain, interact, and collaborate. To experience The Akamai Difference, please visit www.akamai.com.
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