Not willing to be forgotten the Netflix/Level 3/Akamai story, Limelight Networks (NASDAQ:LLNW, news, filings) has also spoken up today. In a post on their corporate blog, the company noted that there also “a primary CDN provider” for Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX, news, filings), the deal is also a multi-year one that expands in 2011, and they are already storing all 20,000 titles. Thus, while the information we have is surely incomplete, it does seem to suggest parity between the Level 3 and Limelight contributions toward Netflix’s streaming services in 2011. Of course, Limelight and Level 3 are very different companies with different strengths and weaknesses, and hence probably will be utilized in complementary ways rather than dividing things straight down the middle.
What’s been interesting has been the fiery opinions burning beneath Netflix’s streaming choices. CDN traffic shifts around a lot, but this particular dust-up has provoked a rather fiery response. I suppose it is because Netflix is the darling of the street and the media right now, and that Akamai may have gotten a very rare short end of the stick as well. But then, with as big a marketshare as Akamai has, they can take it. It would be wrong to suggest that the CDN marketplace just got more competitive though, it’s always been a tough neighborhood – it’s just this time the cameras happened to be in the neighborhood.
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