The live U2 streamed concert
happened earlier in the week,
and the Internet is still alive. Barely, maybe, but it's still humming
along. In what's being described as the largest concert to ever be
streamed over the 'Net, U2's 360 Tour stop at California's Rose Bowl
was beamed out live over the Google-owned media streaming site, and now
that the numbers are in, we're even more impressed.
We tuned in for the first 80% of the show, and outside of a few blips
and bloops here and there, the show was as smooth as butter on a
standard cable broadband connection. Frankly, we were amazed at what we
saw. The quality was top notch for being such a big attraction, and U2
has now confirmed exactly how many people tuned in.
The Sunday night show, which began around midnight Eastern Time, showed
the world's biggest band in front of 97,000 in-house fans. All told,
over ten million streams were connected in 188 countries. Just in case
you weren't aware, that's a lot of simultaneous connections, and that's
an awful lot of bandwidth. We're hearing that around 700,000
connections were attached at the same time during the show's peak, and
considering just how well the site held up under the pressure, we'd
love to see more concerts streamed in this manner. Particularly given
the sky-high ticket/parking rates these days.