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March 11, 2008

Highwinds Teams with Digital Rapids and Knack Networks to Create Advanced IPTV Solutions for Professional Media Firms

“Highwinds’ unique real-time analytics and reporting capabilities are a driving factor in our partnership with them,” said Brick Eksten, president of Digital Rapids Corporation.  “The metrics from the Highwinds dashboard support our goal of providing media companies with comprehensive end-to-end global broadcasting workflows, enabling a more complete solution for our customers.”

As a Highwinds reseller partner integrating Digital Rapids solutions, Knack Networks will have an advanced ‘industrial scale’ content delivery network for reaching its professional media customers.  The first phase of Knack’s network will be deployed in 12 major market areas in the Americas, with the capacity to deliver standard resolution live television to up to 250,000 simultaneous viewers.  This will be supported by two IPTV headends from Digital Rapids providing a capacity to ingest 600 live television channels, and by Highwinds’ 800 Gbps RollingThunder network and direct peering connections to over 700 ISPs and service networks in North America and Europe.  Knack’s content delivery will be monitored 24/7 by two Highwinds Network Operation Centers.

“Leveraging Digital Rapids and Highwinds technologies, we have engineered a future ready network specifically designed for distribution of live television and high resolution media,” said Stuart Ross, chairman of Knack Networks.  “Our platform can meet the most rigorous transport and distribution requirements that professional media companies have for both broadcast and broadband standards.”

"The synergies of this partnership will deliver IPTV solutions whose performance and scalability are unmatched in the industry," said Mark Hayes, VP of Marketing and Business Development at Highwinds.  “What’s more, the tight integration we are creating with Digital Rapids and Knack Networks will support instant account provisioning, giving professional media companies the agility to get up and running with their video content distribution in minutes, not days or weeks.”

Highwinds’ technology leadership

Highwinds is a multi-platform IP services and content distribution provider.  The Highwinds RollingThunder network was purpose-built in 2007 for a modern, high-change, media object hosting environment.  The RollingThunder network currently comprises 21 POPs spanning two continents, a large private peering infrastructure, and an 800 Gbps IP network and high-capacity backbone consisting of multiple redundant 10 Gbps links.

Internet content delivery is a core service that runs on the RollingThunder network.  The Highwinds CDN includes nearly half a terabit of CDN server capacity distributed geographically in North America and Europe and has worldwide delivery capabilities.  Highwinds’ CDN serves content in all the leading industry formats -- Windows Media Server, Adobe Flash Streaming Server, and HTTP downloads.


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