Published on October 14th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson0
YouTube Benefits From Baumgartner Record Jump With Record Of Their Own
Earlier this morning Felix Baumgartner set three world records with his phenomenal jump from 128,000 feet (more than 24 miles) above the surface of Earth and after seeing it later in the afternoon my first reaction was pretty much like everyone else’s – Wow!
However Baumgartner wasn’t the only to benefit record wise with his jump as some 8 million plus people tuned into YouTube to watch the whole event from beginning to end. They weren’t the only one streaming the event live but they were only about a minute behind the Discovery Channel’s live broadcast
But the reason Baumgartner’s amazing space jump was able to draw in so many online viewers is two-fold: One, the feat was only being aired on the Discovery Channel in the US, while any previous contenders for the most-watched live web video were usually broadcast worldwide on basic television, which more people have access to. And two, the previous livestream events were broadcast online through several digital streaming providers, effectively splitting their numbers up. Other web livestream record holders include the 2011 royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, which reached 2 million unique visitors on livestream.com and 3 million simultaneous viewers on Akamai, in addition to several other outlets. Before that, President Barack Obama set a record in 2009 during his inauguration as the 44th president of the United States (peaking at more than 7 million active simultaneous streams
Now in case you missed the event for whatever reason here is the full video of his record breaking jump.