CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere, today announced that AfterBuzz TV, a producer of live and recorded "aftershow" webcast and podcast content for TV series of all kinds, is using AkamaiSola Media Solutions to reach a broader multi-screen audience. Coinciding with the launch of its new AfterBuzzTV.com website, the network is now leveraging Akamai to deliver all of its live online video programming to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets as well as personal computers.
The brainchild of television personality and host of Extra, Maria Menounos, and filmmaker Keven Undergaro, AfterBuzz TV is using Akamai's Sola Sphere cloud media delivery and storage platform to stream and offer podcasts of more than 55 programs per week. The aftershows are live "postgame" wrap-ups of some of the most popular series on television, which take place shortly after the newest episodes air. Each aftershow includes a studio host and panel of expert fans and insiders who discuss and offer insights around the latest episodes of programs such as "Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," "WWE Monday Night RAW," "American Idol" and "Survivor" among many others. Joining the panel of hosts, celebrities, either from the show or simply fans themselves, sit in as guests on the discussion as well.
"Akamai is helping AfterBuzz TV build and deliver an innovative programming model that otherwise wouldn't be feasible by giving us the ability to efficiently reach connected audiences with live, high-quality content," said Maria Menounos, co-founder, AfterBuzz TV. "Our aftershows attract passionate, highly engaged 'superfans' that want to extend the experience of their favorite shows and talk about the episodes beyond the regular viewing window. The Akamai platform enables us to grow the communities around our programs by allowing viewers to watch and engage on nearly any connected device they choose."
AfterBuzz TV also drives significant traffic to its podcasts, which are made available for download shortly following each aftershow. "Working with Akamai, we've been able to dramatically accelerate the download speeds for our podcasts," said Keven Undergaro, co-founder, AfterBuzz TV.