Our load tests have shown that the
Sitecore.Analytics.Media.MediaRequestEventHandler reduces load time of media assets by a certain factor.
If we were to disable this handler, what functionality would we lose?
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Sitecore.Analytics.Media.MediaRequestEventHandler is responsible for tracking all media requests and storing that information in the xDB.
If you look at the
OnMediaRequest method, in there it gets the site context and tracker information and then tracks any page events or goals etc... that are associated with that media item/type.
If you disable that handler, it will prevent any tracking data from being written on media requests.