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uarlive
Level 7

Hosting for video files

Hello. I am new to the forum and to Roku development. I had a question about hosting video files for the Roku channel. What services can I use? Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you.
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RokuKevin
Level 7

Re: Hosting for video files

It's common to use CDNs to host the video content. Popular choices include:
Limelight Networks
Akamai
Level 3

There are others...

--Kevin
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uarlive
Level 7

Re: Hosting for video files

thanks i appreciate the answer.
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flingsoft
Level 7

Re: Hosting for video files

I will also add a vote of confidence in HDDN. They are part of the NetDNA architecture but have a pay as you use it approach. We use them heavily and have had no problems (not an employee or anything, just an advocate after trying the others). Also, you can consider things like Amazon S3 or EC2 as well. It all depends on the file types and of course, the cost you are willing to absorb to achieve the results you need.
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flingsoft
Level 7

Re: Hosting for video files

Here are some others we considered:

Akamai
CacheFly
Limelight
EdgeCast
Rackspace (Cloud)
SparkCDN
SimpleCDN (now migrating into MaxCDN)

I can tell you that the big guys (Hulu and Netflix) both run on the Akamai infrastructure.

Hope that helps!
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Anonymous
Level 8

Re: Hosting for video files

Another option is a Online Video Platform for hosting and management of your content. Here's a list of ones that we've spoken to or are working with:
Brightcove
Ooyala
Kaltura
Endavo media
The Platform
Unicorn Media
Castfire

Patrick
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SolveLLC
Level 7

Re: Hosting for video files

I'd steer away from SimpleCDN. The cost may be tempting, but let me put it this way, we'd sue them if we could find an actual physical address to serve the summons.
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jalmberg
Level 7

Re: Hosting for video files

How about S3/Cloudfront? I like it because we were able to develop a completely custom solution around it that really fit our client's needs. The cost is fairly reasonable, too.

We haven't tried to hook it up to Roku, yet, but are investigating that possibility. Any problems with it?
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uarlive
Level 7

Re: Hosting for video files

i will let you know. we are working on a solution that will use either amazon or rackspace cloud.
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jeepsterryan
Level 7

Re: Hosting for video files

We currently use Amazon Cloudfront exclusively. If you want a simple to use pay as you go solution, they work great. The only downside for us has been the lack of statistics. Amazon only provides virtually unreadable log files. The streaming of videos has been very reliable.
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