Akamai Selected as Netflix Content Distribution Network Partner

Akamai Technologies, Inc., the leader in powering
video, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today
announced it has been selected as the primary content delivery network
for movies and TV episodes streamed instantly over the Internet by
Netflix. Akamai gives Netflix a strong foundation for the continued
growth of its ability to stream instantly, including Netflix’s planned
expansion to stream to one country outside the U.S. later this year.

By the end of 2009, almost half of the 12.3 million Netflix
members had instantly watched a movie or TV episode on either a computer
or TV via a Netflix ready device. Netflix projects that number will
grow dramatically this year and in the years to come. Netflix chose
Akamai’s global distribution platform for its highly scalable
performance and storage capacity to ensure uninterrupted streaming of
hundreds of thousands of movies and TV episodes during peak times.

"Netflix changed the way Americans watch movies when we
started sending DVDs in the mail to subscribers in 1999. We’re
revolutionizing movie watching a second time by instantly streaming
movies to Netflix members’ TVs and computers via the Internet," said
Andrew Rendich, head of Netflix operations. "We chose Akamai as our
primary content delivery network because we need a strong partner to
deliver movies instantly and to be able to meet our ever-increasing

"Akamai’s solutions are a perfect fit to support Netflix as it
undergoes a strategic business model shift from traditional DVD
shipment to streaming," said Robert Hughes, Executive Vice President of
Global Sales, Services and Marketing at Akamai. "Netflix is
well-positioned to profit from the video streaming wave, especially as
more Internet-connected televisions, devices and video game consoles
enter the market. The growth of online movie services, long-form video
and higher quality content puts the Internet to the test, and Akamai has
the architecture and scalability to succeed."

Akamai offers a service layer to bring content in HD-quality
to the edge of the Internet, closest to end users. By distributing
content closer to the edge, with servers less than 100 miles from all
end users, Akamai’s service allows for the fastest, most reliable
delivery path from the server to the user. This delivery approach
improves the performance and reliability of HD files, one of the
essential requirements for instant download and delivery of movies,
which results in an uninterrupted, smooth playback viewing experience.

The Akamai Difference

Akamai provides market-leading managed services for powering video,
dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having
pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai’s services
have been adopted by the world’s most recognized brands across diverse
industries. The alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai’s
global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the
scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed
online. Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable place to
inform, entertain, interact, and collaborate.

Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act

The release contains information about future expectations, plans and
prospects of Akamai’s management that constitute forward-looking
statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ
materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a
result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the
effects of any attempts to intentionally disrupt our services or network
by hackers or others, changes in Netflix’s technologies or to Akamai’s
streaming technologies such that they are no longer inter-operable,
failure of our services to operate as expected, a failure of Akamai’s
network infrastructure, and other factors that are discussed in Akamai’s
Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other
documents periodically filed with the SEC.


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