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Swarmcast Gets Patent Approval, Unveils New CDN Service Product
[January 08, 2007]

Swarmcast Gets Patent Approval, Unveils New CDN Service Product

TMCnet Contributing Editor
Swarmcast, a leading developer and provider of solutions for video content distribution over the Internet, has been granted 136 patents pertaining to its swarming data transfer technology.

According to a recent announcement, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has sent the privately held company a notice approving the patent claims.

Earlier known as Onion Networks, the Minneapolis- and Tokyo-based Swarmcast was founded in 2001. The company ensures seamless distribution of on-demand high-definition video over the Internet. A brainchild of CEO Justin Chapweske, the basic grid-based delivery technology has laid the foundation of optimal large-scale content distribution. The present affordable broadcast quality solutions have been made possible by the open standards and years of fine tuning.

With the strengthening of its intellectual property portfolio, Swarmcast is now equipped to bring about further innovation in the field.

“We are very excited about these allowed claims and its validation of our hard work and innovation,” said Swarmcast CEO Justin Chapweske in a recent press release. “Cable and satellite TV have had dedicated spectrums for each HD channel - ensuring quality; until now, the Internet’s best-effort architecture couldn’t provide this. Swarmcast amplifies Internet resources and protects video quality, transforming today’s Internet into a viable alternative to satellite and cable.”

Swarmcast has seized the opportunity to introduce its new CDN Amplifier, a content delivery network (CDN) service product powered by its swarming technology. Swarmcast’s CDN Amplifier service is ideal for the distribution of live and on-demand HD-quality video over standard broadband and CDNs such as Akamai, Limelight, Savvis, and Mirror Image, in addition to all popular media formats, platforms and DRM. The solution allows content providers to regulate associated delivery costs without having to deploy supplementary infrastructure. It significantly accelerates the download speed of movies, music and video games. It also offers features like free software plug-in with a pay-as-you-go service model and pause and rewind for live events.

The CDN Amplifier integrates additional serving resources from multiple networks simultaneously thus overcoming the limitation of poor incumbent CDN performance. It thus leads to an enhanced viewer experience by ensuring highly robust data streams.

In sum, Swarmcast’s revolutionary new service supports global-scale audiences and boosts performance of high demand content.

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Divya Narain is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

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