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#Limelight Networks(R) and #iStreamPlanet to Deliver ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Using Microsoft #Silverlight(TM) and IIS Smooth Streaming

Limelight Networks, Inc (Nasdaq: LLNW) today announced that the company is working with iStreamPlanet to provide delivery services for Netflix’s free online screening of the “The Wizard of Oz,” occurring tomorrow, Saturday, October 3, 2009, powered by Microsoft Silverlight and Internet Information Services (IIS) Smooth Streaming.

Announced in September, Netflix and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group will make the newly restored 1939 classic available online – free to be viewed by anyone in the United States for a 24-hour period. The film will be available to “Watch Instantly” from www.netflix.com/wizardofoz.

“Microsoft is excited that Silverlight and IIS Smooth Streaming HTTP streaming technology are providing the opportunity for all of the U.S. to see this beautiful, newly restored version of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” said Steve Sklepowich, director for Silverlight at Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft continues to work with partners like Limelight and iStreamPlanet to deliver rich, highly secure online experiences to audiences that, when combined with Silverlight DRM, helps to ensure the online video stream is protected.”

Limelight Networks will provide all content delivery services for the event. Leveraging Silverlight and its global platform, the company will provide HTTP adaptive streaming services to deliver high quality video streams of the movie to the PC, available for anyone in the U.S. to view. Additionally, Limelight will enable Netflix members on an unlimited plan to “instantly watch” the film in hi-definition on their TVs via a range of Netflix ready devices.

“Limelight Networks is pleased that our global platform and robust Smooth Streaming infrastructure are enabling a beloved and iconic film like ‘The Wizard of Oz’ to be enjoyed by anyone in the U.S. – from their PC or the Netflix-ready connected device of their choice,” said David Hatfield, senior vice president, Limelight Networks, Inc.

The desktop viewing experience will be enabled by a Silverlight 3 media player, developed by iStreamPlanet. The player includes support for Silverlight DRM powered by PlayReady, and iStreamPlanet will also provide license delivery services for the event. The event marks the first instance of PlayReady being used to protect IIS Smooth Streaming content. In addition, iStreamPlanet is providing IIS origin services and integration with Limelight’s CDN for the movie and for clips from a free live concert hosted by Netflix earlier this week in New York’s Central Park.

“As a leader in Smooth Streaming and Silverlight 3 development, iStreamPlanet is pleased to enable the desktop viewing experience through our player, and aide in protecting the content from unauthorized use via our PlayReady rights management services,” said Randy Levine, senior vice president, iStreamPlanet. “We are pleased to be working with partners Limelight Networks and Microsoft to provide this groundbreaking technology for such a high profile event.”

“The Wizard of Oz” will be available from 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, October 3 to 9:00 a.m. Eastern the following day.

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