Update: the BBC, Akamai and Level 3

Yesterday we linked to a post from ThinkBroadband which reported that the BBC had switched the primary CDN provider for its iPlayer from Akamai to Level 3. Dan Rayburn updates and corrects the story, noting that the BBC continues to work with Akamai (AKAM) and has added Level 3 as a second CDN partner.

For more information, see the BBC’s post providing an explanation of its rationale for the change in its iPlayer delivery scheme, emphasizing the importance of H.264 video compression in its decision.

Is it a good reflection on Akamai that the BBC has added Level 3 for the H.264 business? No, but for Akamai it’s a far sight better than losing the entire iPlayer business, and we wanted to make sure we corrected that impression.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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