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Video & streaming

Rapid delivery is key to providing broadcast-quality video experiences on any device, anywhere. Fastly’s edge cloud platform is built for performance: with a multi-terabit-per-second capacity, we scale to meet the most demanding video and streaming needs.

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Video on demand (VOD)

Fastly’s edge cloud platform is designed to cache and rapidly deliver both frequently requested and long-tail, on-demand videos. With cache hit rates of 97% or higher, we significantly reduce load on your origin while accelerating time to first frame (TTFF) globally. Our on-the-fly packaging (OTFP) feature facilitates immediate playback, enhancing viewer experiences across multiple devices and platforms.

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On-the-fly packaging

Fastly’s on-the-fly packaging (OTFP) delivers a faster overall viewing experience. We support just-in-time transmuxing to the most popular streaming formats (Apple’s HLS, Adobe’s HDS, and MPEG-DASH) for any resolution at any frame rate. Since we only package the portions of video that viewers play, they can start playback immediately instead of waiting for the entire file to be packaged.

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Content protection

Fastly protects your video content in a number of different ways. Edge authorization tokens validate in-flight requests on our edge cloud platform before content is served to your viewers. Media encryption protects both HLS and MPEG-DASH streaming formats at rest, allowing you to cache encrypted videos. Fastly also integrates with multi-DRM providers like ExpressPlay for intellectual property protection.

Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) preparation

Dynamic Ad Insertion (DAI) preparation

Fastly supports DAI workflows through several features that provide more granular control over how your video is packaged. Timed metadata injection lets you embed metadata that signals a player to play ads and track performance or engagement at specific points in the video timeline. Content preconditioning automatically prepares your video manifests for ad insertion, removing a time-consuming bottleneck in your ad workflow.

You can also enrich viewer experiences with video delivery insights which expose server-side engagement metrics. By better understanding how your audience interacts with your video, you can implement a more profitable DAI strategy.

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User experience & accessibility

We support both in-band (EIA-608 and CEA-708) and out-of-band (WebVTT) multi-language subtitle and closed caption delivery. This allows you to maximize the reach and relevance of your video content. With Trick Play, we let your viewers fast-forward and rewind almost instantaneously. You can also display scenes from the video during navigation, which helps viewers quickly locate their desired playback section for a better viewing experience.

Video on demand

Live streaming

We’re optimized to deliver millions of concurrent, high-quality live streams to viewers while enhancing performance. Our platform supports delivery of all major HTTP video streaming formats — including live, linear, and user-generated video — on any public or private headend deployment. We partner with best-of-breed vendors to improve the flexibility and scale of live streaming workflows. Our service puts you in control — using our API, you can self-provision and configure your live delivery in minutes.

Live video delivery

Our edge cloud platform enables you to deliver live video over common HTTP streaming formats, including Apple’s HLS, Microsoft’s HSS, Adobe’s HDS, and MPEG-DASH. With the power of Varnish Configuration Language (VCL), you can easily define failover scenarios ensuring viewers don’t experience interruptions, even if you have operational issues. And with our full-featured API, you can seamlessly integrate Fastly into your existing architecture and workflows to get up and running quickly.

Enhanced performance

Fastly’s Dynamic Site Acceleration (DSA) keeps connections between our POPs and your infrastructure open to decrease latency associated with fetching the latest live chunks from origin. You’ll see improved response times for your viewers, letting them consume your stream as close to live as possible.

Our request collapsing feature further enhances performance by consolidating multiple requests for the same live stream down to one request back to origin. This prevents your origin from being bombarded with millions of requests for the same content. Reducing origin load also helps save on infrastructure costs.

Streaming partnerships

We partner with best-of-breed solutions to offer joint customers an enhanced end-to-end video workflow. We have built-in integrations with infrastructure-as-a-service providers like Google Cloud Platform and video workflow management services like Wowza Media Systems.

Since our powerful edge cloud platform is fully programmable, partners can also build key application components directly on our infrastructure. This simplifies deployment for joint customers while reducing infrastructure costs for partners.

Platform features

Fastly provides a number of common features across our video and streaming services. Real-time logs and analytics deliver rapid insights into how users are consuming your video and streaming content. You can analyze engagement, proactively identify issues, and take immediate action. Our massive distributed network is ideally suited to handle both volumetric and targeted DDoS attacks. Traffic is also protected by TLS encryption, with authentication at our network edge to minimize performance impact.

Platform features

Secure delivery

Protecting your content from unauthorized users is critical. Fastly supports HTTP streaming video over Transport Layer Security (TLS). Edge authorization tokens are generated within your application and users are authenticated at the edge, removing the burden on your servers. You can use content targeting to identify user locations and prevent content delivery in unauthorized regions or restrict certain devices from playing videos.

Fastly also protects your video and streaming content from disruptive DDoS attacks. Our powerful globally distributed network blocks both volumetric and complex application layer attacks at the network edge.

Origin peering

For customers who need to support large spikes in video or live streaming traffic, Origin Peering offers dedicated bandwidth. We provide one or more Private Network Connections (PNI), each with a 25 or 100 gigabit per second connection between your origin and Fastly Origin Shield POPs. Traffic is sent across these secure private paths rather than going over the public internet, effectively reducing latency.

Real-time everything

Fastly lets you interact with and analyze your video and streaming services in real time. You can deploy your own configurations through our web interface or automate changes via our API. Edge Dictionaries allow you to define and modify business logic — like packaging settings for different devices, users, or networks — instantly at the edge of our network, without deploying a new configuration. And our real-time logs give you quick visibility into how users are consuming your video so you can proactively fine tune your settings.