The Digital Concert Hall has, quite possibly, the highest demands of any OTT (over the top) video content provider in the world. No other service provideslong form HD video to their viewers in every country on the planet for on-demand and live content in three different transport formats (Flash/HDS (HTTP Dynamic Streaming), Apple/HLS (HTTP Live Streaming) and eight different bitrates up to 2.5 mbps. Not even YouTube does that.
All CDNs assume that a sufficiently large number of users are requesting a sufficiently small number of objects.
While most large CDNs (content delivery networks) are excellent at dealing with the complexity and the scalability of video delivery, they all assume that a sufficiently large number of users are requesting a sufficiently small number of different objects (files, video fragments, etc.) Their caching mechanisms are pull-based, meaning the first user to request a specific object has to download it from the origin – in our case Ireland. Only the second user benefits from the CDN's edge cache. No matter how much these CDNs try to optimize to their customers' needs – multiple Origins, higher TTL (time to live), cache pre-warming or multi-tier caches – they all operate under the same basic premise: the first user is the pawn.Read More