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Faster with Fastly: Better Streaming Quality with Castr x Fastly Integration3 min read

September 8, 2020 3 min read
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Faster with Fastly: Better Streaming Quality with Castr x Fastly Integration3 min read

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Castr recently integrated Fastly as our new content delivery network to optimize video stream performance and security.

At Castr, we are committed to improving the video streaming quality for content creators and the viewer experience. This week, we launched Castr’s integration with Fastly, a powerful edge cloud platform and content delivery network (CDN) to make it easier for our streamers to broadcast videos more rapidly and efficiently.

With their latest milestone — 100 terabits per second (tbps) of global capacity, Fastly’s edge cloud platform helps consolidate scattered video data, allowing you to stream high-quality video content, bridge the gap between you and your audience, boost video performance, and make the entire streaming experience much more enjoyable. 

What does this mean for Castr users?

Enhanced livestream performance

Increased capacity: Castr uses Fastly’s global capacity of 100 terabits per second to handle billions of requests a day. Their powerful global network enables a seamless and safe streaming experience, even as livestream usage increases: more viewers, more streaming devices, bigger video files, higher video resolutions, and greater security risks.

Decreased latency: Fastly decreases latency while fetching the latest data from the live input source. This helps improve response time, allowing your audience to view your streams as close to real time as possible.

Smoother streams: Fastly can define failover scenarios to make sure there’s no interruptions while streaming. On the technical side, Fastly consolidates multiple requests for the same stream in as little as one request back to the origin, preventing the origin from being overloaded with too many requests for the same content at the same time.

Content protection

Videos streamed on Castr are secured through use of Fastly’s content protection features including encryption keys, enabling secure video delivery to viewers through the use of: 

  • Edge authorization tokens
  • Media encryption that allows you to cache encrypted videos
  • Integration with multi-DRM providers to strengthen intellectual property protection

Streaming security

DDoS attacks prevention: Fastly’s distributed network handles volumetric and targeted distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. 

Traffic protection: with TLS encryption and authentication.

Security delivery and content targeting: shields your content from unauthorized users, identifies user locations, and allows or restricts access for certain viewers, countries, and even devices. 

Enhanced video on demand

Faster overall video experience: Combined with Castr’s VOD bucket, you can host videos effortlessly thanks to Fastly’s on-the-fly packaging (OTFP).

Better user experience

Optimize audience reach: You can leverage the in-band and out-of-band multi-language subtitles and closed captions to deliver content in multiple languages, increase your audience reach, and maximize the relevance of your video content.

Playback control: You can fast forward and rewind your streams almost right on the spot.

Easy video navigation: Streamers can display scenes from the video to quickly locate your preferred playback section.

Experience Quality, Speedy Streaming with Castr

Castr is an easy-to-use and versatile service for livestream, multistream, IP camera stream, and video hosting. If you have any questions about our product, feel free to reach out to our 24/7 Support. To learn about our plans, check out Castr pricing.



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