SOURCE: Akamai Technologies, Inc.

April 25, 2007 14:18 ET

Market News First Selects Akamai to Stream Live Financial News to Their Global Audience

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 25, 2007 -- Market News First has selected Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, to power the delivery of its 24/7 financial news broadcast. The Akamai Media Delivery solution will provide streaming services for Market News First's live broadcasts, available via

Market News First chose Akamai as its exclusive streaming service provider due to the consistently superior performance of the Akamai global distribution platform. Akamai beat out four other streaming providers in a head-to-head performance test for the Market News First win. In comparative testing, Akamai's streaming services demonstrated less buffering and faster start-up times resulting in a heightened viewing experience.

"As an online network that airs LIVE original content, MN1 requires more from a stream provider than traditional websites," said Willie Thompson, COO, Market News First. "It is imperative that we partner with a company that understands the unique needs of our IPTV network."

By leveraging Akamai's globally-distributed platform of 20,000 servers deployed in 71 countries, Market News First will gain the scalability to support unparalleled numbers of concurrent streams to a worldwide audience, as well as the ability to deliver its content in a cost-effective manner. Using the Akamai Media Delivery solution, Market News First is able to reach its audience, regardless of its size or location, with live, relevant financial news content.

"Broadcasters are increasingly looking to the Internet to extend the reach of their content to a wider audience," said Bill Wheaton, vice president of digital media, Akamai Technologies. "Market News First is a valuable information source for the financial community. By choosing Akamai as their exclusive streaming provider they will benefit from the reach and reliability of our platform to deliver the best possible live video experience to their audience."

About Akamai

Akamai® is the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online. Thousands of organizations have formed trusted relationships with Akamai, improving their revenue and reducing costs by maximizing the performance of their online businesses. Leveraging the Akamai EdgePlatform, these organizations gain business advantage today, and have the foundation for the emerging Web solutions of tomorrow. Akamai is "The Trusted Choice for Online Business." For more information, visit


Market News First ( is an IPTV network broadcasting live online coverage of market news. brings real market news to investors and features live interaction with companies from the AMEX, NYSE, NASDAQ, Over the Counter Bulletin Board and the Pink Sheets.

Through daily, live interviews, we keep you up to date on all the established companies and inform the investors of the newest opportunities within the market. Market News First offers one-on-one interviews with the presidents and CFOs of companies to deliver answers to the questions that investors may ask and provides them insight into the companies' present condition and future plans.

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