eMedia's OTT Service

eMedia Network completes its high-quality, end-to-end, Over-the-Top/IPTV Network Service by partnering with Akamai.

"We needed a cost-effective, reliable, and simple way to deliver our OTT/IPTV content around the world.”

Mark Lobwein , Executive Chairman , eMedia Network

The Situation

eMedia Network is committed to providing its customers and partners with digital video and broadcast delivery services across multiple platforms at the highest possible quality. As a company with roots in traditional broadcasting, eMedia unveiled iON in 2015. The iON worldwide Over-the- Top (OTT)/IPTV platform specializes in digital video broadcasting, distribution and monetization of multicultural television, and radio content. Specifically, iON works with broadcasters and content providers to deliver top-quality television and radio programming to viewers and listeners on three continents: Europe, North America, and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand).

The Challenge

After ten years in the broadcast business, eMedia chose to embrace OTT/IPTV so its customers could access the high-quality video programming, along with value-added services, via the Internet. In fact, the company is an IPTV pioneer, having launched its first online video offering seven years ago.
As it migrated to IPTV, eMedia wanted to maintain the same streaming reliability and video quality it had achieved via satellite and cable. However, as it looked to expand its international presence and ensure optimal performance, eMedia was limited by its main Points of Presence in Zagreb, Croatia; Sydney, Australia; and California, U.S.A. At one point, the company considered working with multiple network operators in major regions to improve online video streaming performance but would have found itself burdened by significant vendor management. “We needed a cost-effective, reliable, and simple way to deliver our OTT/IPTV content around the world,” explains the company’s Executive Chairman, Mark Lobwein.

The Goals

eMedia Network needed to meet three key requirements to support its objectives for OTT delivery:

  • Satisfy business goals. Dedicated to changing the way online video content is delivered, the company wanted to increase access, lower costs, and improve quality.
  • Improve performance. eMedia needed to deliver broadcast-quality video content to satisfy and exceed consumer expectations.
  • Safeguard profit margins. Intent on adding numerous value-added services at no additional cost to its channel partners and viewers, the company wanted to cost-effectively address its international web performance needs.

Why Akamai

Selecting the Industry Leader

Over the years, eMedia has trialed just about every CDN provider. According to Lobwein, “While other vendors can improve performance in certain geographic areas, only Akamai could satisfy our requirements internationally.” By working with just Akamai, eMedia simplifies media workflow and management while covering its current and future needs. “Akamai is always one step ahead of marketplace trends, such as delivering content to handheld devices and working with emerging technologies, so it’s a smart partnership as we look to further innovate,” continues Lobwein.

About eMedia Network

eMedia Network has become a leader in the broadcasting industry. Since its inception, we’ve been committed to giving customers and business partners superior value in our service from full-time video, international broadcasting, and telecommunications to multimedia platforms and value-added application services.

iON powered by eMedia Network is a world-wide OTT/IPTV platform specializing in digital video broadcasting, distribution and monetization of multicultural television & radio programming. We deliver LIVE, CATCH UP and ON DEMAND content to every internet enabled device imaginable; empowering broadcasters/channel partners and wowing audiences around the world with interactive experiences leading the digital revolution. For more information about eMedia Network's OTT/IPTV platform iON, please visit www.i-on.tv.

About Akamai

Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world’s largest companies. Akamai’s intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone — and attacks and threats far away. Akamai’s portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn why the world’s top brands trust Akamai, visit www.akamai.com, blogs.akamai.com, or @Akamai on Twitter. You can find our global contact information at www.akamai.com/locations.