Akamai has tapped Encoding.com’s cloud-based transcoding platform as a preferred service for its customers ahead of the company shutting down its Media Services on Demand transcoding service.
Ahead of retiring MSOD transcoding, Akamai is recommending its customers to transition over to Encoding.com before April 2019.
"As Akamai continues to focus on product leadership and innovation in high-performance content delivery, we're ending MSOD, our complementary VOD transcoding product, and working with existing customers to transition to Encoding.com for those services," said Shawn Michels, director of media product management at Akamai, in a statement. "Encoding.com has worked with Akamai for several years and is closely integrated with the Akamai NetStorage and Adaptive Media Delivery products to ensure a smooth transition path for our customers."
To make it simpler to recreate existing workflows with Encoding.com, the company is making Akamai customers’ presets available in its API and UI. Customers can also instruct Encoding.com to deliver transcoded and packaged video content directly to the specific Akamai storage directories for immediate publishing. Encoding.com has also integrated Akamai's NetStorage to give video content a smoother transition between the two platforms.
"Video is a critical medium for businesses across many verticals, but especially those in the entertainment industry," said Jeff Malkin, president at Encoding.com, in a statement. "We are thrilled to work closely with market leader Akamai in providing customers with a best-of-breed solutions and seamless transition."
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The transition will mostly affect broadcasters, cable MSOs, media companies, OTT services, telcos or any other content distributors currently using Akamai’s transcoding services. Encoding.com said it will offer a similar service including features like playout & graphics, closed captioning, adaptive packaging, DRM and multilanguage audio.
Akamai last year decided to not release its live transcoding feature, choosing instead to “focus our efforts on the innovation of new products while maintaining and building upon the quality of existing products.”