Pixvana Inc. today announced a partnership with Akamai Technologies to deliver enhanced virtual reality video experiences through its SPIN Studio VR content creation and delivery platform. Pixvana’s SPIN Studio users will now be able to distribute VR content via Akamai’s secure content delivery network (CDN), reducing latency and improving responsiveness for viewers. Pixvana plans to show SPIN Studio as part of Akamai’s innovation demonstrations during the 2017 NAB Show, booth SL3324, April 24-27 in Las Vegas.
A key benefit of SPIN Studio is Pixvana’s field-of-view adaptive streaming (FOVAS) technology, which adjusts focus in real time to deliver 50-megapixel quality within eyeshot at HD bit rates. Akamai technology further enhances FOVAS by pre-caching FOVAS tiles at servers close to the user, accelerating playback and improving viewer experience.
“Pixvana's SPIN is a technology that improves VR experiences right now on many different headsets and network conditions, and it's also positioned to work well with future technology,” said Nelson Rodriguez, Global Director, Media Industry Marketing at Akamai. “Combining SPIN with our globally-distributed CDN can offer customers an open-standards-based platform to deliver powerful, high-quality VR content to audiences worldwide.”
“Akamai is the industry leader in content delivery network services. Our customers are already pushing the boundaries of VR video. We’re thrilled to be using Akamai’s CDN technology for SPIN Studio, which will help our customers reach wider audiences with gorgeous-looking VR video,” said Forest Key, CEO and Co-Founder of Pixvana. “Low latency is imperative to feel truly immersed in a VR experience, and thanks to Akamai we are now even closer to that goal.”
At NAB, Pixvana will also debut a special trial version of SPIN LaunchKit (a combination of SPIN Studio and the SPIN SDK), exclusively for Akamai customers. This version of SPIN LaunchKit will allow media partners, developers, and other Akamai customers to create custom high quality applications for viewing VR content anywhere. For more details and to sign up for a free trial, please visit: pixvana.com
Pixvana Inc. is pioneering a cloud-based platform for virtual and augmented reality. The Seattle-based company is backed by Madrona Venture Group and Vulcan Capital. Pixvana’s founders have proven startup success in media technology, and hail from senior product and engineering leadership roles at Apple, Adobe, Microsoft, and Lucasfilm. For more information visit www.pixvana.com