Services that provide media contents such as dramas, movies, and animations over the Internet are called OTT (Over-the-Top) services. Early OTT services came in the form of set top boxes which connected to your TV. The ‘Top’ from ‘over-the-top’ refers to a set top box or other similar devices. We then saw new platforms for the service appear on the scene, and content distribution expanded into mobile devices, broadening the scope of OTT.
OTT platforms can be divided into ‘real-time broadcast’ and ‘VOD’ types. Real-time broadcast type OTTs, which service terrestrial broadcasting in real-time, include Tving and Wave, and VOD-type services include Netflix and Watcha Play.
The data center: storage for OTT platform contents
It’s easy to mistakenly think that OTT service content just exists somewhere out in the Internet, since accessing this content doesn’t require downloading. But the truth is, massive storage is required to provide OTT platform services. And that massive storage is provided by the ‘data center’, a gargantuan online data repository.