22 January 2009

A Historic Day -- for Online Video

Internet traffic in the United States hit a record peak on Tuesday, as millions of office workers accessed online video of the U.S. presidential inauguration ceremonies, The New York Times reports.

CNN, for instance, fed 1.3 million live streams simultaneously, part of a total of more than 21.3 million video streams provided through mid-afternoon Eastern time -- roughly four times the number of streams the news network's website provided during all of Election Day 2008.

However, the high demand for live video of President Obama's inaugural address created technical problems for some users, reportedly stemming from bandwidth capacity by internet service providers. "I didn't really get to see any of it," one frustrated user said. "Ultimately, I just saw frozen images."


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