Press for Brightcove

Online video platform Brightcove said the first half of its year has seen its global customer base double to more than 1,800 publishers, putting more distance between itself and the other nearly five dozen companies in the category. And, it said, it plans to introduce more product enhancements in the second half of the year while also building infrastructure and publisher support.

Yesterday morning, Brightcove and Akamai (AKAM) announced an alliance to work together giving Brightcove another CDN besides Limelight (LLNW) to deliver traffic over, and giving Akamai customers the ability to use Brightcove's video platform service. Unfortunately, when the deal was announced, instead of fellow bloggers being interested in getting the story accurate, many of them stated that Brightcove was leaving Limelight for Akamai, which is not accurate.

Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud optimization services, and Brightcove, the leading online video platform, today announced a wide-ranging alliance to drive quality, performance, and innovation in the online video industry.  The agreement between the companies is designed to bring together two of the most widely-used cloud-based platforms for professional online video to create a powerful, end-to-end offer that makes high-quality video publishing and distribution easily available for businesses and organizations of all sizes.  Brightcove will provide the Akamai HD Network as a bundled component of the Brightcove online video platform service.

Brightcove Inc. and Akamai Technologies are expected to say today that they will establish Akamai HD Network as the default content-delivery system for Brightcove video. The Brightcove platform is used by organizations, media companies, and other businesses to publish and distribute video on the Internet. Until now, most of the content has been delivered by Limelight Networks, based in Tempe, Ariz. Under the new arrangement, Akamai will become the default service, but Brightcove will continue to offer a choice of six delivery networks, including Limelight.