Taps Limelight's Magic for Podcast Delivery of Harry Potter Content

Limelight's CDN Provides Scalability for Fast Downloads of Popular Weekly

'MuggleCast,' Which Consistently Rank in the Top 50 iTunes Podcasts

Nov 08, 2005, 00:00 ET from Limelight Networks

    TEMPE, Ariz., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Limelight Networks, a leading
 Internet content delivery network, today announced it has been selected by, the most visited unofficial Harry Potter web site, as the
 platform for downloading podcasts and other digital content to the vast
 worldwide audience of Harry Potter fans. selected Limelight
 especially for the proven scalability of its high-bandwidth media delivery
 network which enables fast downloads of the extremely popular "MuggleCast," a
 weekly talk show dedicated to everything Harry Potter.  The MuggleCast has
 previously reached #1 in the iTunes podcast rankings.
     "After evaluating the available CDN platforms, we selected Limelight based
 on its solid reputation for cost-competitiveness, ease of implementation and
 reliability, as well as its scalability," said Damon Brangers, Senior Systems
 Manager of  "Our decision has been vindicated by Limelight's
 ability to unfailingly meet the strong demand for our MuggleCasts, which have
 polled among the top 50 iTunes podcasts since they began September, as well as
 for content directly accessible from, whose traffic exceeds that
 of any other Harry Potter web site."
     Said Lou Greco, Vice President of Sales at Limelight, "The Limelight CDN
 is designed for large audience delivery of media & entertainment to a complete
 range of devices, including PCs, portable media players and mobile phones --
 virtually any IP-connected device.  As such, it's the ideal infrastructure for
 providing global distributed delivery of popular content such as that offered
 by to it's fast-growing base of enthusiastic fans."
     "We're particularly looking forward to demonstrating the scalability of
 our CDN in providing downloads of the November 11 MuggleCast -- a live
 audience panel discussion with the Mugglenet team on the movie 'Goblet of
 Fire' before its premiere in New York City," Greco added.  This podcast from a
 Barnes & Noble in midtown Manhattan should be very popular with avid fans
 wanting exclusive insights on GOF from insiders at Mugglenet and
 The-Leaky-Cauldron, another Harry Potter web site.
     About is an unofficial Harry Potter fan site founded in 1999 by
 Emerson Spartz, the site's Webmaster who is assisted by a staff of 26. receives more than 20 million visits per month from fans in 153
 countries (and counting!), who spend an average of 8 minutes, 9 seconds on the
 site. MuggleCast is currently positioned at #1 on's Highest Rated
     About Limelight Networks
     Privately held Limelight Networks is the leading content delivery network
 for Internet distribution of video, music, games, and downloads.  Limelight's
 advanced content delivery network provides the world's top media companies
 high-performance, cost-effective delivery of media and software via the
 Internet, making Limelight Networks the content delivery network of choice for
 more than 400 world-class customers including Akimbo, ABC Radio Networks, Belo
 Interactive, "BuyMusic" @, DreamWorks, LLC, IFILM, Live365, Marimba,, NC Interactive, NPR, Real Networks Rhapsody, Radio Free Virgin,
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