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Brightcove tops OVP and CDN rankings, Akamai “lacking innovation”

ABI Research has issued its latest leaderboard for suppliers of Online Video Platforms (OVPs) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), with US firms dominating the top three slots.

Brightcove is named as coming top of both categories, followed by Ooyala then Akamai. There was however some difference in individual scores for implementation skills and innovation.

Ooyala was reported to have narrowly beaten Brightcove in terms of innovation, with Kaltura coming third. On implementation skills, Brightcove was followed by Akamai and then Ooyala.

Akamai’s positioning – ranking second in implementation but “lacking innovation” – is characteristic of the business model difference between CDNs and OVPs, according to ABI Research.

“Online Video Platforms (OVPs) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) have different roles in the video ecosystem,” according to Sam Rosen, practice director for TV & video at ABI Research.

“OVPs are a more comprehensive offering including content management system and advertising solutions, while CDNs are focused more on delivery.”

“However, both classes of competitors compete while re-selling each other’s products. OVPs, once thought of as serving only smaller enterprises, are having success in TV Everywhere with content owners not used to delivering video directly to consumers.”

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