When delivering OTT video content such as your Streemfire Live TV channel, one of your options is to use a CDN. Despite the general versatility of CDNs, some providers specialize specifically in video content delivery. To help you find the CDN provider that best aligns with your content distribution needs, we’ve compiled a list of our top 4 personal favorite CDN providers:
What is a CDN?
A CDN (Content Delivery Network) is a global network of servers that transports big files across the internet. To accomplish this, a CDN creates multiple copies of an original content file and stores them in each server populating its network. When a user requests access to content, the server located nearest to him or her transmits a copy.
Why use a CDN?
Video files, like the kind used for live streaming via Streemfire, will make up 82% of all internet traffic by 2022 (Cisco, 2018). Video files require a lot of storage and bandwidth to be transported via the internet, but thanks to the structure and scalability offered by most CDNs, video content can thus be distributed quickly and efficiently all over the world. This is especially true of the CDN market’s leading providers, which can provide seamless, high-quality content delivery regardless of internet traffic.
Despite the general versatility of CDNs, some providers specialize specifically in video content delivery. For that reason, we’ve compiled a list of our top 4 personal favorite CDN providers to use with Streemfire:
DaCast is a video hosting platform that specializes in video delivery. Through DaCast, users gain access to AKAMAI, a high-performing CDN known for the extensive size of its network. The platform also provides a few other features relevant to video streaming, including a video interface with access to DaCast’s html5 player. The platform’s premium subscription starts at US$125/m and comes packaged with 6000 viewing hours.
As one of the market’s leading providers, Wowza offers a vast selection of video streaming services. This kind of variety allows consumers to configure the package that best suits their needs, but for the purposes of streaming a Streemfire TV channel, the Wowza Streaming Cloud 24 x 7 is among the most beneficial. Since there are no further transcoding services needed when using Streemfire, the base price is US$60/m instead of US$500/m per TV channel. Wowza also charges US$0.55 for each GB data used when transporting content within the CDN.
Livestream, a video platform recently acquired by Vimeo, is used to broadcast live video. Its design is aimed primarily at companies and brands looking for a secure way to distribute their live streams to as many viewers as possible. With Livestream connected to your Streemfire account, you can integrate its media player into your homepage, set your stream to a specific audience with geo blocking, and even secure your stream with a password. Pricing for a premium subscription starts at US$70/month.
IBM Cloud Video (Ustream)
Formerly known as Ustream, IBM Cloud Video is a video streaming platform acquired by IBM back in 2016. It offers an html5 player and channel customization while allowing users to add live elements to their streams, such as live polling. Standard subscription plans start at US$99/ month, include up to 100 viewing hours, and support broadcasting resolutions up to 720p. A full HD experience, however, is only supported by enterprise subscriptions.
We hope you enjoyed reading about our favorite CDN providers for video delivery. All 4 are perfect for distributing your Streemfire TV channels quickly and effectively – and if you haven’t tried Streemfire yet, don’t forget to claim your free demo account today!
Cisco. (2018). VNI Global Fixed and Mobile Internet Traffic Forecasts. Retrieved from Cisco: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/service-provider/visual-networking-index-vni/index.html