Approximately 8 million viewers tuned in on +YouTube
to watch Felix Baumgartner's stunning #spacejump
, when the man reached 833.9mph during freefall. If the number is confirmed, YouTube will have broken its last livestream record by a factor of 16
(previous record: the London 2012 Olympic Games).
This is the future of live events. When something is allowed to broadcast free of geographic restrictions and artificial tape delays, the audience goes global. When traditional media is allowed to converge with social networks, anything can become a shared moment.
Great job Felix & #RedBullStratos
! And +YouTube
, for inexplicably handling such a huge number of concurrent streams without imploding.Edit:
The number has just been confirmed by YouTube - 8 million concurrent livestreams. Link: http://youtube-global.blogspot.ca/2012/10/mission-complete-red-bull-stratos-lands.html