YouTube Streaming of Stunt Sets Record, With 8 Million People Watching

Oct 15, 2012  •  Post A Comment

An event streamed online over the weekend shattered a number of records — both for the event itself and for the online stream of the event.

Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s freefall from more than 24 miles above the Earth broke a 62-year-old record for a freefall from the highest starting point ever, becoming the highest, fastest and longest skydive of all time, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, YouTube’s coverage of the event also set a record by pulling 8 million viewers to the stream, the story reports.

The YouTube stream showed Baumgartner making his jump and breaking the sound barrier, traveling at 833.9 mph. The stream ran about 1 minute behind live coverage on Discovery Channel, but YouTube was able to draw so many viewers because Discovery aired the event only to U.S. viewers, the piece points out.

Other live stream records were held by the 2011 royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which drew 5 million viewers on two separate streams, and President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, which drew 7 million active simultaneous streams, the story notes.

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