The following is an excerpt from Peter Kafka | October 14, 2012 | allthingsd.com |
Daredevil Felix Baumgartner is currently headed to the outer edge of the Earth’s atmosphere in a balloon-powered space capsule. When he gets to 120,000 feet, he’ll jump out and attempt to parachute back to the planet and set a new world’s record.
Meantime, I believe that Baumgartner, his sponsor Red Bull and YouTube have already set a record: By YouTube’s count, there are more than two million live streams of the event going out around the world. (Update: Baumgartner is getting ready to jump, and the audience has grown: At 1:50 pm ET, we’re at 6.3 million streams) The previous record for a single Web video service: Around 500,000 concurrent streams, which Google served up during the Olympics this summer.
(Thanks to Eugene Wei for reminding me that Barack’s Obama inauguration in 2009 set a different Web video streaming record: Web video utility Akamai reported that it served a peak of seven million streams to different Web video outlets, though not all of them were live video.)
There are a couple reasons this….
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