TVNZ drops CityLink as its distribution network

Orcon will no longer include TVNZ On Demand in its list of zero-rated websites

CityLink has taken a major hit by losing its flagship TVNZ content distribution network (CDN) contract to Akamai.

TVNZ said in a statement to Computerworld that the switch to Akamai happened at the end of June.

“We made this decision after a rigorous selection and testing process,” the statement says. “Akamai is widely regarded as the world leader in CDN video. They offered us the most compelling case around quality, simplicity of integration, ability to support additional services in the future, and price.”

Computerworld has been told the CityLink contract was worth around $500,000 annually.

The switch to Akamai may have unintended consequences for users of the service. Orcon says it has had to make some changes to its O Zone – a service that is zero rated and thus does not affect users’ data caps.

“We are sorry to announce that TVNZ On Demand, the A List and Biggie will no longer be part of the O Zone. TVNZ has changed its services contract, which has made it difficult for us to continue to zero rate the data,” Orcon announced in a statement following the contract changeover news from TVNZ.

iSky content is still zero rated.

TVNZ says it is disappointed by Orcon’s decision because [we understand] “it is technically feasible to continue our unmetered relationship”.

“It appears Orcon’s decision is a commercial one,” the company claims.

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