Akamai, Inlet Technologies team for starring role at Cannes Film Festival

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Akamai Technologies and Inlet Technologies are getting leading roles at the Cannes Film Festival. The two U.S. tech firms will partner to deliver online video coverage of the event, which enters its 63rd year, on the official Cannes International Film Festival website.

With help from Inlet Technologies, content delivery network Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM) will stream content from the proceedings and awards presentations, as well as trailers of films being screened at the event. Daily on-demand video coverage is available at www.festival-cannes.com and video trailers can be viewed at www.festival-cannes.fr/fr/trailers.html. Both areas of the site will utilize the Akamai HD Network for Adobe Flash Platform. Content will be encoded in 8 bitrates and delivered in up to full HD resolution.

 "The Cannes Film Festival is a highlight of the movie industry calendar," said Suzanne Johnson, Director of Marketing for Digital Media, at Akamai. "The Akamai HD Network lets viewers all over the world enjoy the smoothest possible video experience - adapting to their specific Internet conditions. We are very proud to have been selected to power the video experience for this year's festival."

Digital delivery of film has grown dramatically across the Akamai network, the company said, as the entertainment industry continues its shift towards a digital distribution model. Akamai customers are delivering HD quality movies on Akamai's distributed edge delivery network that it says is specifically tuned for optimal delivery of HD files online. Traffic across Akamai's network associated with the delivery of full-length feature films has seen triple digit growth since November 2009.

Inlet's Fathom advanced encoding platform, meanwhile, will be used to prepare all content being streamed from the event.

"The Festival's encoding requirements this year were sizable, with an unprecedented amount of content being made available for fans," said Don Bossi, Inlet CEO.  "Fathom's fast throughput and automation make it the perfect solution for bringing content of exceptional quality to the Festival's many fans around the globe."

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