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Streaming and Digital Media by Dan Rayburn

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A   The Costs of CDN and Streaming Services 3rd Edition

Vendor Pricing and Customer Expectations

Executive Summary

If you’re reading this report, you want to know three things:

1.  What should it cost for streaming and media delivery services?

2.  What are the factors that go into any given cost?

3.  How does my cost compare to the industry?

Here’s the answer that the vendors will give you: “It depends.” They are right. There are many, many variables that impact the price charged by content delivery network (CDN) service providers to deliver media, either live streaming or on demand. They will give you a complicated algorithm involving bitrates, encoding formats, overall volume, security level, user geography, clip length, distributed storage, ...

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