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Seize control of network costs by normalizing traffic volumes during peak audience demand for sports and other live simulcasts

As Pay TV transitions from traditional cable, satellite and IPTV formats to HTTP-based delivery, maintaining service quality and reliability is essential, and last-mile broadband networks play a crucial role. Sports, breaking news, and other live events threaten to overwhelm last-mile networks due to the sheer volume of traffic generated when large numbers of viewers tune in. Akamai Licensed Multicast Solution helps Pay TV operators avoid costly network build-outs by improving efficiency, especially during high viewing periods or spikes in consumption.

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What is Licensed Multicast Solution?

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Akamai’s Licensed Multicast Solution ( LMS) is licensed software for Pay TV and network operators who seek to offer a diverse, higher-quality mix of services over their broadband networks — without having to overspend on network buildout.

Operators who offer these new services, and also deploy LMS, stand to benefit from higher viewer satisfaction, as well as cost savings:

  • Increased reliability, lower latency, and better picture quality, even during peak demand for higher-resolution live-streamed content
  • Improved network efficiency, even at higher resolutions such as 4K
  • Reduced need for expensive network upgrades or build-outs

Akamai LMS positions operators for a more graceful and seamless transition from traditional Pay-TV models to one that more easily supports the new and emerging ways in which viewers watch television and other streaming content.

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Integrate with any Unicast CDN

Ingest content from the Akamai Intelligent Edge™ or any unicast origin to deliver an optimal mix of over the top (OTT) and on-net originated content

Easy-to-Integrate Client SDK

Support both multicast and unicast streams through integration with the set-top-box player software and user interface

Uses Existing Multicast Network

Integrate with routers, optical termination equipment, and other multicast-enabled infrastructure used for other services

Support for Virtualized Infrastructure

Drive network agility and efficiency all the way to the edge by deploying LMS as a virtual network function (VNF)

Flexible Deployment

Deploy LMS as a standalone solution or in conjunction with Aura Licensed CDN, optimizing the content mix between unicast and multicast-assisted ABR

Common Management Framework

Aura Management Center (AMC) centrally manages LMS and Aura LCDN with scale-out configuration and real-time fault monitoring and analytics

Modular Approach

Multicast Controller, Multicast Generator, and Client Data Collector work in conjunction with Client SDK and AMC for a complete solution

Multicast-assisted Adaptive Bit Rate (M-ABR) Codecs

Combine multicast efficiencies with the quality made possible through the use of HLS, MPEG-DASH, and other formats used for all-IP delivery

Address a Common Scaling Problem

Save the cost of network upgrades or build-outs by reducing the number of streams required to deliver popular broadcasted events such as sports

Maximize Quality for High-audience Events

Deliver high-definition and even 4K HDR content with low latency without imposing undue stress on access networks

Consolidate Network Resource

Transition from single-purpose cable, satellite or IPTV to an all HTTP-based service model — one that provides maximum flexibility and cost savings

Avoid Additional Multicast Investment

Use existing last-mile multicast-enabled network elements without having to enable multicast on core elements

Increase Service Reliability and Reach

Make it possible for viewers to watch their favorite shows, even from outside their home service area or when on-net resources are overloaded

Live Event Simulcast

Reduce latency and optimize quality for live events with multicast-assisted Adaptive Bitrate (M-ABR) delivery

Migration from Traditional Pay TV Models

Reduce costs by leveraging high-bandwidth fiber broadband access

Avoiding Costly Network Build-outs or Upgrades

Use existing network resources more efficiently when simulcasting high-audience sports, breaking news, and other live events

Optimizing Service Mix

Integrate OTT and on-net originated content over a single connection