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Penthera Named an Akamai Media Technology Partner in Recognition of Robust Mobile Video Solutions

Maker of Industry-leading Download2Go Technology is Solving Issues that Continue to Frustrate Consumers

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Penthera, the global leader in high-quality mobile video streaming software, today announced that it has been qualified by Akamai, the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences, as a Media Technology Partner.

/EIN News/ -- Penthera’s Download2Go™ and other solutions that optimize the mobile video experience have long helped leading TV networks and content hubs increase customer engagement. As part of the partnership, Akamai’s sales team will help identify opportunities amongst its extensive partner and customer ecosystem where Penthera’s products can provide additional value.

“Akamai is committed to helping its customers deliver high-performing video streaming experiences to their audiences," said PJ Joseph, Akamai SVP Global Media and Carrier Sales. "Viewers today expect to take their content on the go, which can often require a platform that supports download and offline playback. By working together, Penthera and Akamai will continue to solve the challenges of delivering high-quality video at scale."

As part of the vetting procedure for Akamai’s Media Technology Partner program, Penthera’s download technology was put through a rigorous testing and qualification process. Akamai tests to ensure that the software meets optimized content delivery qualifications, including device storage management, reporting, and digital rights management.

“Akamai is the backbone of the streaming video industry, working with the biggest names in TV, movies and video,” said Dan Taitz, Penthera President and COO. “We’re excited to work in conjunction with Akamai to reach and serve many customers around the world. Presenting an optimal viewing experience will reward content owners with deeper consumer engagement, elevating them above a crowded and competitive streaming marketplace. After all, in the battle for engagement, the first thing you have to be is available, and Penthera and Akamai’s solutions together ensure that an app is available to users 24/7/365.”

Penthera research indicates that a majority of viewers are frustrated with their mobile video experience at least half of the time, with many viewers eventually giving up and abandoning a video. Buffering remains the number one source of frustration, with 65% of viewers saying it makes it hard to enjoy the viewing experience.

The company has been the leader in solving these issues through its Download2Go and FastPlay solutions. Download2Go allows viewers to download episodes and movies and watch them whenever they’d like, even with less-than-optimal wifi conditions. Meanwhile, FastPlay is a buffer-free video launcher that starts live streaming the moment play is pressed, without the start-up delay that causes buffer rage. The Penthera software suite also includes a subscription product, allowing viewers to subscribe to content, which will automatically download onto their devices once it becomes available, as well as push notifications for when new content is available, and an embargo feature that helps avoid network crashes.

About Penthera
Penthera is a global software company that develops and deploys products facilitating the delivery of TV shows, movies and other video content over wireless networks to mobile devices. Led by Michael Willner, Chairman and CEO, and Dan Taitz, President and COO, Penthera’s Download2Go solution allows consumers to watch video content when they don’t have access to a suitable internet connection.

About Akamai
Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world’s largest companies. Akamai’s intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps, and experiences closer to users than anyone — and attacks and threats far away. Akamai’s portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access, and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics, and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn why the world’s top brands trust Akamai, visit www.akamai.comblogs.akamai.com, or @Akamai on Twitter. You can find our global contact information at www.akamai.com/locations.

Media Contact
WIT Strategy, for Penthera
Rich Cherecwich
rcherecwich@witstrategy.com

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