Monthly Archives: August 2012

Version 1.4 of MetaCDN is out!

We are pleased to announce the release of version 1.4 of the MetaCDN platform. Some notable updates for this release include:
  • MetaCDN Site Accelerator. MetaCDN can now accelerate your entire website – both static and dynamic content – to ensure your customers get blazingly fast load speeds every time they visit your site. Read more about it in our blog post here.
  • Caption support for media content. MetaCDN supports user-supplied captions such as closed captions (e.g. for descriptive audio) or subtitles (e.g. translation), to assist content owners with compliance for emerging accessibility legislation in the United States and other locations. Read more about it in our blog post here.
  • HTTP delivery override for video and audio streaming. By default MetaCDN delivers streaming video using the RTMP protocol, which gives the best experience for most users. However some users can have problems accessing content delivered using RTMP, as many corporate network firewalls block non-HTTP traffic. MetaCDN now allows users to choose their preferred video delivery mechanism.
  • Smarter video encoding.  MetaCDN now handles a wider variety of input video types with arbitrary aspect ratios. Users no longer have to specify the aspect ratio of uploaded video content – it is determined automatically.
  • Enhanced support for iPhone and iPad video sources. Videos shot on iPhones or iPads will now be auto-rotated so that they are correctly oriented when encoded and played back.

Turbo charge your website with MetaCDN Site Acceleration

Turbo charge your website

Turbo charge your website

Delivering a fantastic web experience to your customers across the globe begins with high performance web delivery. Consumers demand a rich and engaging web experience, however they are increasingly impatient and time poor. To maximise user engagement, clicks, conversions and ad views on your website, you need to ensure that your site is performing 24/7 in all the regions that you care about.

One of the most common customer requests we receive is how to quickly and easily accelerate entire websites. We have been listening. MetaCDN is very pleased to announce the release of the MetaCDN Site Accelerator. This service, launched as part of MetaCDN Version 1.4, accelerates your entire website – both static and dynamic content – to make sure your customers get blazingly fast load speeds every time they visit your site, from anywhere in the world. 

Global Coverage

We take the stress off your website, delivering your content from our patent-pending Cloud CDN, with over 55 points of presence (PoPs) spread across North America, South American, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle-East and Australasia. No matter where your users are, we have you covered.

There are two Site Acceleration tiers available – Standard and Advanced. The Standard tier delivers high performance global site acceleration for your website, with the peace of mind of automated failover within 90 seconds in the event of any loss of service, ensuring your website is always available.  Your website content will be delivered from 21 active & 34 backup points of presence, giving you a global footprint with local reach in every key region.

The Advanced tier delivers optimised global routing across all of our participating CDNs, as well as automated failover across these CDNs. Your website content will be available and deliverable from 55 points of presence (PoPs), giving you an extended global footprint with local reach in every key region. Your customers are dynamically served from the best performing CDN provider in each region, ensuring they receive the best possible user experience at all times.

Easy Integration

Easy Integration

You can set up an accelerated website within minutes. Simply tell us your website address (e.g. www.mysite.com) and we will immediately return an accelerated website link back that you can use throughout your website. 

Drop-in automated integrations are available for Content Management Systems (CMS) such as Drupal, WordPress and Joomla, which enables you to accelerate your entire website in a matter of minutes, removing the need for manual integration. Users of web servers such as Apache can also benefit from automated integration via a downloadable module. Read more about our available integrations here.

Try it now

If you are an existing customer, the Site Acceleration service is available right now – so log into your MetaCDN account and try it out. If you are a new customer, sign-up now to get access to smarter content delivery!

Closed Captioning support in MetaCDN

Legislation has recently been enacted in the United States and other regions to require the use of captions for newly created and aired video programming shown on the Internet after being shown on television. Captioning is a term describing the process of displaying text on a video screen to provide additional or interpretive information to viewers who wish to access it.

A common use of captions is to provide subtitles for movies, for instance English subtitles displayed on a French language video. However, it can also be used to provide descriptive audio for viewers that are hard of hearing or deaf. Descriptive audio describes to the deaf and hard of hearing all important audio content – including spoken dialogue and non-speech information such as the identity of speakers, their tone of speaking and even any significant music or sound effects using a combination of words or symbols.

The US legislation requiring captions is rolling out in phases based on the following schedule established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):

  • September 30, 2012: Prerecorded programming that is not edited for Internet distribution;
  • March 30, 2013: Live and near live programming that was recorded within 24 hours of broadcast on television; 
  • September 30, 2013: Prerecorded programming that is edited for Internet distribution.

Set Caption

MetaCDN is pleased to announce support for closed captions as part of our standard video encoding and streaming workflow, to assist content creators, owners and distributors. MetaCDN supports loading of subtitles from Timed Text or Subrip format files. Timed Text is a W3C specification for delivering captioning and video description for the web. You can find the spec here in the W3C site. SubRip is a common format for distributing Captions for DVD rips. It is the native subtitle format of the SubRip program.

View Captions

In MetaCDN Version 1.4, captions are supported for video content delivered via the Flash player. In a future release, MetaCDN will support caption display for content delivered via HTML5 and iOS.