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January 9, 2003


Silicon Valley, CA The CDN (Content Delivery Network) market for streaming media services generated about $90 million in audio and video commercial contracts related to the media sector in 2002, according to the industry report published by research consultancy AccuStream Research.

The new research study, CDN Streaming Media Market Share Report, contains a detailed cost analysis and commercial market value associated with delivering streaming audio and video media in the entertainment, news and information sectors in 2002.

Following a year of market consolidation, financial upheaval at both the CDN and carrier levels, the CDN segment stabilized during 2002.

Traditional entrants like AOL, Real Networks and Akamai captured significant streaming media market share, and newer providers like Speedera (video) and LimeLight Networks (Internet Radio) made substantial gains.

Abundant bandwidth at the carrier level allowed CDNs to price streaming contracts more aggressively in 2002, which made the market for streaming distribution services far more competitive between larger and smaller providers.

The report details streaming contracts and market share break outs by provider, total and streams served or tuning hours delivered by CDN, market pricing dynamics, how deals are being done, what CDNs have captured market share in specific content areas, plus audience and usage trends that are driving the entire industry--all targeted information bandwidth providers need to understand when allocating investment and sales resources.

“The reduction in bandwidth fees and maturation of the CDN pricing model coincides with a growing base of broadband users and a corresponding move by key content brands to more aggressively exploit their audio and video franchises,” commented Paul A. Palumbo, the report’s principal analyst.

“CDN providers have established global distribution services with sophisticated applications—including P2P layers--to enable a wide range of ad-supported, sponsored, subscription and hybrid streaming media initiatives with attractive cost structures.”

AccuStream Research publishes the monthly reports iBroadcast Stream Report, iBroadcast Avails Report, iBroadcast Wireless and Mobile Content Report, plus other annual and semi-annual streaming media reports with extensive data and analysis.

Contact: Paul A. Palumbo,
(831) 393-1953

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