Wednesday, January 21, 2009

No kidding

We were able to live-stream the inauguration through CNN from about 11:30 until just after Obama took the oath of office. A few moments into his speech, the servers crashed. Looks like we weren't the only ones, according to ABC News website:
While more than a million people gathered on the National Mall to watch the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama, millions more peered at the screens of office computers and personal laptops, breaking records for views of live online video.
Shawn White, director of external operations for San Mateo, Calif.-based Keynote Systems, Inc., said that because of the huge demand for live video and audio, his company noted significant slowdowns on major media sites.
Keynote monitors the performance of Internet and mobile networks and, White said, their data indicated that between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ET, the Internet slowed by 60 percent because of the volume of online video viewers.
"It was the most popular and significant online streaming event in the history of the Internet," White told

I managed to find an audio stream at WNED-AM, and then watched the speech later at home ... streaming from CNN.


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