Apple claimed that Quicktime TV (QTV), which it launched at its Macworld event in New York this week, was the “first killer network on the Internet” to deliver high quality streaming video and audio.
QTV is based on Apple’s Quicktime 4 Player software, its open source Quicktime streaming server software, Apple and Akamai Technologies’ jointly developed streamed content delivery service, and content from providers such as BBC World, Disney and Virgin Radio.
The combination of Apple and Akamai’s technology provides the backbone of the network. The two companies integrated Akamai’s global Internet content delivery service with Apple’s Quicktime streaming server software, so that the offering would support Internet streaming.
Steve Jobs, Apple’s interim chief executive, said: “Quicktime TV is the first killer network on the Internet. Viewers are going to experience high quality video and audio over the Internet for the first time.”
QTV is available free of charge to viewers and the Quicktime player is available for free download from Apple’s Web site.
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