Jet-Stream CDN experience

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November 4 1994: first webcast
Jet-Stream founder Stef van der Ziel pioneered his first webcast on the Internet, using server-push, HTTP keep-alive technologies to stream live video to viewers across the globe. Although there were just four viewers, this was the first time that someone without any backing from broadcasters or infrastructure providers or satellite capacity could broadcast digital video around the globe.

1995-1996: first Internet streams overload
Production of online coverage for a large pop music festival. Production included deployment of a streaming platform, live encoding, live video production, web portal design and interactive online services such as games and chat. The live stream was so popular it flooded several ISPs.

1996-1997: first CDN
Production of online coverage for multiple large pop music festivals. Production included deployment of a streaming CDN, live encoding, VOD encoding, live and VOD video production, web portal design and interactive online services. To offload the internet exchange and ISP peering points, and to serve out content in private dial-in networks such as ‘Het Net’, a streaming CDN was deployed with edge servers in multiple ISPs networks.

1997-1998: first web to TV project
Production of online coverage for multiple large pop music festivals. Production included deployment of a streaming CDN, live encoding, VOD encoding, live and VOD video production, web portal design and interactive online services. In addition to online streaming, a high quality stream was pushed to the Media Control Room of a broadcaster. This Internet live stream was embedded in a webpage containing dynamic metadata. This playout was converted back into PAL and was put on air by the broadcaster.

1998-1999: first broadband streaming
Production of online coverage for multiple large pop music festivals. Production included deployment of a streaming CDN, live encoding, VOD encoding, live and VOD video production, web portal design and interactive online services. Five stages were filmed and broadcast live simultaneously by a +40 staff crew under our supervision. VOD content was captured, edited, encoded and published. The VOD content was encoded in broadband quality video for First Mile TV, one of the first ADSL powered video trials in the world.

1999-2001: massive live streaming, enhanced user participation
Production of online coverage for multiple large pop music festivals. Production included deployment of a streaming CDN, live encoding, VOD encoding, live and VOD video production, web portal design and interactive online services. Eight stages were filmed and broadcast live simultaneously by a +50 staff crew under our supervision, for three days, covering over 10 venues and producing a separate talkshow channel. VOD content was mass-produced: every 12 minutes a new video clip was published online, during three days. Even though the streams were distributed by our CDN, we overloaded several ISPs' capacity because we generated over 20,000 concurrent viewers (pre-broadband age!). The portal offered enhanced user participation such as phone-to-web music singing, music industry rumors, online voting and chat.

2001-2002: Cable operator NOC CDN
A private encoding farm and a mini-CDN were designed and deployed for Essent Cable, so employees could switch and monitor live channels from other locations than their NOC. Thanks to this IP streaming environment, Essent Cable saved on expensive dedicated backbone capacity and the employees could monitor the streams from their desks and at home over a basic broadband cable connection.

2002: Enterprise CDNs for Universities, Hospitals and Governments
Jet-Stream deployed a variety of private CDNs for the public sector. These private CDNs are used to store and deliver educational audio and video material; to offload unicast Internet streams by retransmitting them via multicast over the private networks; to store and deliver footage of patients treatment and internals in a secure way and to broadcast live and vod recordings of government meetings, public meetings and debates both on private networks and the Internet.

2002: CDN federation
In 2002 Jet-Stream reached out to all major ISPs and broadcasters and discussed their future plans for online video delivery. The conclusion of this survey was that telecom operators and content providers needed to cooperate to scale and improve the quality of delivery. Jet-Stream initiated the VideoExchange project: the first project to discuss CDNs for telecom operators, working together in a federated model. The project was adopted by the AMS-IX and its major success was that ISPs and broadcasters became more open to cooperate directly and that CDN federation trials were started.

2002: Multi-ISP CDN
The Dutch public broadcaster encountered scalability issues when they were streaming important live events such as the Tour de France, the Olympics and the World Soccer championships. Jet-Stream pushed and joined a combined effort between ISPs, broadcasters and vendors that resulted in a permanent live streaming CDN in the Netherlands with edge servers deeply deployed inside multiple ISPs networks. Jet-Stream was responsible for deploying, monitoring and managing on-net edge nodes for various participating operators including @Home (now Ziggo).

2003: first three screens CDN
Mediakabel was the digital NOC service provider that enabled DVB television for many cable operators. Jet-Stream was hired to design the encoding and CDN infrastructure so the DVB live content and VOD content could be distributed to additional screens over IP: web (QuickTime, Real, Windows Media) and Mobile (3GPP and HTTP). Casema was the first operator to offer this as a service to existing customers so they could watch the high quality (2Mbps SD) content on their PCs via their broadband and mobile connections from Casema (now Ziggo).

2003: Content publishers outsourced CDN
Many content owners liked the idea of having a private CDN that gave them better control and transparency over their content and how it is distributed and delivered. They liked the Jet-Stream technology, our vision and our experience. However, in general they lacked the infrastructure, the experience and the resources to operate a CDN. Large broadcasters and publishers asked Jet-Stream to build a managed CDN for them. StreamZilla was born and is now a recognized leading, premium CDN for VOD and live streaming for web, OTT and mobile content. StreamZilla has been highly profitable since the start, while most other CDNs lose money on their video streaming services.

2004: first HD streams; The Connected Home
In 2004, many Fiber To The Home projects claimed that all households needed fiber instead of DSL or cable because HDTV required 19Mbps based on MPEG2. Jet-Stream demonstrated HD streaming from the new StreamZilla CDN, at just 5Mbps using H264. Jet-Stream published the Connected Home White Paper, stating that the last mile is not the largest problem for scalable video but that the Internet exchanges, transit links, peering links and backbones were the real bottlenecks. The conclusion was that DSL and copper cable were good technologies for HD video delivery, but operators needed to scale their backbones using CDNs.

2004: All-screens CDN
CAIWAY is an industry innovator in the cable industry. This relatively small cable operator was one of the first to introduce digital television. To extend their service to all screens, they hired Jet-Stream to deploy and encode a CDN infrastructure in their network. The business model is that the largest broadband package includes a free TV service for the web, including premium TV channels. The incentive for subscribers is to upgrade to the largest packages so they can watch high quality TV over their premium broadband connection. CAIWAY staff was trained to support their own CDN.

2004: Content publishers outsourced CDN with dedicated resources
In addition to the shared resources that CDN service providers in general offer, StreamZilla added the option to utilize all the StreamZilla operational services, but with an extra premium service: dedicated storage, dedicated servers, dedicated bandwidth. Demanding content owners felt that even a premium CDN like StreamZilla was not good enough, but did not need a fully private CDN. StreamZilla now services many customers with dedicated resources within the CDN. For instance, the SBS powered Veamer service (online video rental) runs on dedicated resources, to guarantee that any other user on the StreamZilla CDN will never influence their service. Their dedicated disks, servers and bandwidth guarantee that their end users can always enjoy the content that they paid for without the need to supersize a CDN.

2004: Large publisher switching between CDN models
Ilse Media -full daughter of publishing powerhouse Sanoma- exploits hundreds digital websites and mobile services. They wanted to extend their online dominance with a wide range of video services. Jet-Stream was hired to survey divisions about business opportunities, strategic position and technical requirements. Ilse Media (now Sanoma Digital) then hired Jet-Stream's StreamZilla CDN to start offering online video services in addition to their magazines and online brands. To gain more control over their CDN services, Jet-Stream built a private CDN in this customers preferred hosting provider's network and migrated the existing StreamZilla services to the new platform. The hosting provider is responsible for operating the network, housing and hardware. Jet-Stream is responsible for operating the software layer of the CDN, monitoring and servicing. Ilse Media self-provisions accounts and services on their private CDN.

2005: All-screens CDN
Multikabel (now Ziggo) hired Jet-Stream to design, deploy and support encoding and CDN infrastructure in their network. The business model is that the largest broadband package includes a free TV service for the web, including premium TV channels. The incentive for subscribers is to upgrade to the largest packages so they can watch high quality TV over their premium broadband connection. Live channels are delivered via multicasting with rollover functionality to unicasting. Multikabel staff was trained to support their own CDN.

2005: Broadcaster operated all-screens CDN
AVRO, a public broadcaster wanted to extend their traditional broadcasting service by adding extra television channels for digital television, web and mobile. Together with our partners, Jet-Stream designed and deployed a fully automated all-screens content management, encoding, playout and delivery platform. Editors could edit, manage, schedule, publish and deliver linear content and VOD content including two broadcast grade DVB channels, two live web channels and web VOD portals, all within a single, unified media production environment. Thanks to the Jet-Stream experience and easy workflow integration APIs the project was implemented in weeks. The private CDN guaranteed that the broadcaster had full control over delivery and had premium resources compared to shared CDN offerings.

2006: DVB-H mobile streaming
KPN planned to test DVB-H broadcasting. Nozema (now KPN) is responsible for the broadcasting antenna infrastructure but had no knowledge about video streaming. Nozema hired Jet-Stream to design and deploy the video infrastructure for the digital video broadcasting trial for handhelds (DVB-H). Jet-Stream built a 3GP encoding farm and a 3GP CDN that ingested the RTSP streams into the DVB-H transmission system.

2006: Enterprise global CDN
Endemol is one of the largest media concepts and production houses in the world and conceptualizes and produces many new television and entertainment formats. The company used to send new format pilots on videotapes to all their global offices for reviewing and pitching towards local broadcasters. This was slow, expensive and not secure. Jet-Stream advised to digitize and encode their entire library and built a custom fit CDN on top of the enterprise extranet. Putting their precious and secret content on a global CDN was not an option, besides global CDNs have no real footprint in many areas so a private CDN was a better fit. Endemol outsourced the daily operation to their external housing and operation partner, Jet-Stream provides 3rd line support.

2006: StreamZilla Europe
The StreamZilla CDN was so popular in the Netherlands that Jet-Stream decided to expand into Europe. New infrastructure and housing partners helped StreamZilla gain premium European performance over other CDNs and a new e-commerce store helped StreamZilla double traffic, customers and turnaround year after year. Hundreds professional content owners prefer StreamZilla to other CDNs because of our expertise, our advanced technology, the better control, the better transparency and our support. Each of these customers can integrate their fully unattended and automatic workflow without the need for support thanks to the powerful Jet-Stream self service system, the workflow APIs and documentation. StreamZilla outperforms global CDNs and regional CDNs thanks to the smart combination of infrastructure, technology and our experienced team.

2007: Managed outsourced telco CDN (‘CDN in a Box’)
Telenet is an industry leading cable operator. Telenet wanted to add online digital content services to its existing digital cable portfolio. In order to deliver premium and user generated content, Telenet asked Jet-Stream to propose a CDN environment. Because Telenet had limited server and operational resources, Telenet entirely outsourced their CDN to Jet-Stream: we built a private CDN for Telenet, housed within the StreamZilla CDN premises, fully operated and monitored by Jet-Stream. The Telenet private CDN has dedicated pipes into Telenets network so delivery quality into their network is guaranteed. One of the services that runs on the Telenet CDN is the user generated content portal GarageTV, which is more popular than YouTube in Belgium because the performance is better and there are no data limit restrictions for this Telenet owned service.

2007: Enterprise CDN
NAM (Shell and Exxonmobile) is a large oil and gas producer. This company operates a number of land-based and off-shore production platforms. NAM was celebrating 60 years of operation. The employees on the production platforms could not leave but wanted to attend the live event. NAM investigated satellite broadcasting but the off-shore production platforms had only one satellite dish, which could only be used for data exchange with NAM headquarters. Switching to another satellite would stop the 24*7 production which was absolutely no option. Jet-Stream deployed a private CDN on the NAM secure network so the event could be streamed and viewed over the limited capacity satellite data connections.

2008: OTT content provider operated CDN
Jet-Stream was asked by a US based venture capital firm to deploy a CDN for one of their startups in Russia. Similar to other emerging economies, they wanted to skip the closed and proprietary IPTV systems and go OTT all the way. The challenge in emerging economies is that in general bandwidth is limited, distances are extreme and bandwidth is extremely expensive. The OTT provider wanted a broadcast-like experience, so an intelligent CDN was required that could cope with extremely limited link capacity between 12 cities. The Jet-Stream CDN guaranteed them reliable internal distribution, delivery guarantee, capacity guarantee and performance guarantee.

2008: Cable operator on-net managed CDN
@Home (now Ziggo) is a large cable operator. They planned to introduce new hybrid TV and web content services, where companies, institutions and subscribers could ingest their own content which was published in parallel to a digital channel on cable and on the web, both live and VOD. To support this new concept, Jet-Stream was hired to design and deploy an on-net CDN. Since Ziggo did not have the operational resources, the CDN was deployed by Jet-Stream inside the Ziggo network, and is fully monitored and managed by Jet-Stream.

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