Last Friday’s Royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton has broken online streaming records touting the largest ever live online audience, new reports have revealed.
Whilst finalised figures have yet to be revealed, the 400 million viewers Google was expecting to the watch the Royal wedding via the official YouTube feed alone was more than enough to topple the previous live streaming record held by President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 which had an estimated 70 million online viewers.
Further confirming the Royal wedding’s record breaking credentials Akamai, a major online traffic carrier announced that William and Kate’s big day broke its own record of 1.6 million concurrent live streams held by the 2010 football World Cup and Livestream said its online feed for the Associated Press and CBS also broke records.
The rocketing user interest in coverage of the Royal wedding caused a number of key online outlets to struggle to meet demand as the BBC website intermittently displayed an error message saying it was experiencing “abnormal traffic.”
A BBC spokesperson addressing the issues announced: We are experiencing some technical issues with BBC Online due to the sheer weight of traffic, which may cause the site to be slower than normal in some cases."