While Akamai has been streaming video over the net for years, it realized a couple of years ago even its network wasn't up to the task for all the high definition video on the way. To that end it's been reworking its infrastructure and today announced the launch of the Akamai HD Network with a live inaugural stream from its Network Operations Center -- you can watch a rebroadcast at the read link, but we'd recommend watching grass grow and waiting for a watched pot to boil as more interesting activities. While they may not be experts at providing the content we want to see -- leave that to partners like Epix HD -- when it comes to actually delivering it, anyone this passionate about bandwidth, servers and streaming must know what they're doing.