Akamai To Stream PGA Championship

Akamai Technologies announced that it has been chosen as the exclusive provider to Turner Sports for streaming the 91st PGA Championship, which will be held Aug. 13-16.

The event will be given 18 hours of television coverage on TNT, with four video streams also available on PGA.com.

“Turner Sports is known for its innovation in presenting content across multiple platforms, and this is another example of that strategy,” said Tim Napoleon, chief strategist for digital media at Akamai. “Organizations like Turner Sports are leading the charge with live streaming and taking the fan experience to a whole new level to mobile devices. Streaming the PGA Championship live to the iPhone and iPod touch brings a personalized and high-quality experience to even more golf fans, no matter where they are. With increasingly better connectivity over WiFi, we’ve reached the point where high definition experiences are no longer limited to the PC.”

According to Akamai, the company’s HTTP Streaming for iPhone system being implemented uses variable bit rate technology to deliver high quality live and on-demand content.

The event will originate at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.