GridNetworks has combined the best of traditional, hosted networking, and content technologies, with a unique, sophisticated type of peer-to-peer client software. The result: GridCasting, a managed Internet television service. GridCasting can stream or download full screen, HD-quality programs and movies to millions of computers and living room screens without buffering or interruptions. GridCasting is based on a hybrid set of technologies that include the GridCast Connector and Grid Network Control a network-hosted system that orchestrates real-time service management and network-friendly video streams. Grid Network Control and GridCast Connectors work in tandem to ensure that millions of viewers can simultaneously watch television programming from Internet broadband connections without re-buffering or interruptions.
After a viewer makes a programming selection, television images are initially streamed or downloaded directly from Grid Network Control to ensure a HD-quality experience from the start. Within a few moments, Grid Network Control transfers the video streaming responsibilities to a virtual network of GridCast Connectors that are available at that time to complete the interaction. If a viewer seeks, fast-forwards, or changes channels, GridCast Network Control again automatically steps in to ensure the viewer continues to enjoy HD-quality Internet television.