MLB Advanced Products' Inzerillo on the challenges of streaming video: 'It's like trying to live on Mercury'

Streaming video on the Internet is like trying to live on Mercury, according to Joe Inzerillo, executive VP and CTO at Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM).

"The planet is completely inhospitable," Inzerillo told The Verge. "Every day all you're doing is [fighting] a battle for survival in a place that really does not want you. Streaming video on the internet is sort of like that."

Inzerillo's comments are noteworthy considering MLBAM's growing role in the delivery of online video. After serving as the backend technology services provider that launched HBO Now, MLBAM is now taking over all video and digital operations for the National Hockey League. Other MLBAM streaming video clients include WWE, Watch ESPN and CBS' March Madness On Demand, among others.

The Verge offers a detailed profile on MLBAM's growth here.

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