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Here’s a great example taken by Gannett newspaper the Shreveport Times in Louisiana during the hurricane season (You can see the hurricane in the background, the Mogulus Studio on the laptop and the Sprint EVDO aircard)
As a follow-up to our previous post Who Powered YouTube Live?, we are glad to publish the unofficial peak concurrent viewers for the event. Akamai publishes concurrent live stream metrics for their full network on this page; we monitored it and took screen grabs prior to the event at 7:50 EST and at the the peak of the event at 9:10 EST. We were able to deduct that YouTube Live peaked at approximately 700,000 concurrent viewers.
This is an outstanding result for YouTube’s first live streaming event, and a clear confirmation of the potential of live streaming for YouTube and the internet as a whole.
This is great news for Mogulus and the entire live streaming community.
The evidence :
Full screenshots :
Over the last few days, there has been a lot of speculation in the industry about who will power tonight’s YouTube Live event– whether YouTube will announce their own live service, acquire a live streaming platform, or simply stream the event live using a CDN.
Any move by Google/YouTube in offering or acquiring a Live streaming service would obviously be very important to our company and live streaming industry – so as you can imagine I have watching the story very closely.
Earlier today, TechCrunch Editor Michael Arrington posted further comment on the speculation that YouTube might be partnering with Ustream.tv for this event and reached out to us for comments.
My answer earlier today :
“We are not powering it – although as you can imagine Mogulus would obviously be interested to partner with Google/Youtube.
If I was to speculate, I think that Youtube will use an established and traditional content delivery network (CDN) such as Akamai who can cover the Tokyo event too and build a simple Flash player themselves. Google would pay the CDN premium fees for bandwidth for it. They probably contracted multiple CDNs to ensure scalability and have insurance if one has trouble with the load.
Partnering with someone like ustream.tv who has not yet proven more than 80,000 streams nor has servers around the world could be risky for your first LIVE show- but who knows – this is only speculation – we will find out later tonight !”
The event has just gone live and by looking at the player and HTML code, we found that our prediction was correct. YouTube is not launching any live service and has chosen AKAMAI to stream this one-off event using a custom Flash player built by web agency Digitaria (See the publishing points used by the player http://live.youtube.digitaria.com/site/streams.xml – edgefcs.net is registered to AKAMAI)
So how do content delivery networks (CDN) such as AKAMAI compare to live streaming platforms like Mogulus?
CDN’s have been around for nearly 10 years and have been streaming live video for most of that time. CDNs like Akamai are behind the scene at Mogulus.com to help us scale our live streaming and on-demand capacity.
The difference between CDNs and Mogulus is that with CDNs:
(A) you must negotiate a full contract for weeks, with lengthy commitments
(B) there are no free options; you have to pay per gigabyte streamed
(C) you only get the network basics, and will need to build and integrate your own player
(D) you don’t get any Mogulus features like broadcast graphics, remote multi-camera mixing, server-based recording, etc.
Mogulus is a service that offers producers a turnkey solution to go live on their website within minutes and at no cost. Mogulus did not invent live streaming; we packaged all the things you need–including a CDN– into a free, easy-to-use solution.
You can compare this to YouTube. YouTube did not invent video on-demand, but they did make it easy enough for anyone to publish videos to millions–without any understanding of CDNs, player development or video encoding.
Mogulus does the same for live video.
As we roll out Mogulus Pro next month and continue to break scalability records, we believe that media companies will increasingly move towards white-label, turnkey solutions such as Mogulus for their live streaming– instead of building their own solution ‘from scratch’, each time, with a CDN.
A love affair – between vampire and mortal.
Although the full coverage will start at 6:30pm, tune in from 5pm onwards to catch the parade of arriving celebrities!
ABOUT TWILIGHT: Based on the #1 New York Times Best-Selling series with over 17 million books in print by Stephenie Meyer, TWILIGHT is a cultural phenomenon, with a dedicated fan base that eagerly awaits this movie. There are over 350 fan sites devoted to TWILIGHT, and it has been chosen as the New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, Amazon’s “Best Book of the Decade…So Far”, Teen People’s “Hot List” Pick, and The American Library Association’s “Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults” and “Top Ten Books for Reluctant Readers,” among others. Critically acclaimed director Catherine Hardwicke brings to life this modern, visual, and visceral Romeo & Juliet story of the ultimate forbidden love affair – between vampire and mortal.
Check out the international release dates.
With the latest release of the Mogulus Studio we have introduced the much requested feature of chat moderation. Producers now have the ability to ban chat room users for limited periods of time or permanently.
For more information on how to use this feature have a look at our user guide:
Marci Alboher from the NYTimes blog Shifting Careers, posted a great story on Columbia University’s Journalism School’s conference, The Changing Media Landscape. The event took place last night at Columbia University and was broadcast live with Mogulus!
Check out the article at:
Barack Obama gave his first post-election news conference today. TV Networks WUSA 9 and Kare 11 broadcast the event online, live from Chicago, drawing an audience of more than 8000 simultaneous viewers.
The recording of the video is available on WUSA 9′s website.
Major news networks have broadcast tonight the 2008 US Presidential Election with Mogulus. Established publications, TV Networks, and other top news sources have provided viewers with premium election coverage, some for more than 10 hours today.
This has been a historic event, and a premiere for many news institutions which have recently integrated online broadcasting to their editorial/coverage strategy. Mogulus has reached unprecedented diversity of broadcasts covering the same event, with an simultaneous audience peaking at 87,178, and we’re proud to have been the first choice for these professional journalists and reporters.
Here are some screenshots from a few of our channels.
In addition to our 24/7 network operation centre in Bangalore india, we are running a special support and monitoring operation in our New York office as we expect record traffic for the US election today.
Mogulus will feature exclusive election day coverage with a purely political grid on Tuesday.
More than 30 Mogulus channels will broadcast live, from the candidates’ headquarters, from Universities, from the polling stations, and from media gatherings such as CNN’s grill.
Gannett properties will be heavily covering election day from cities across the US:
-Battle Creek Enquirer
-The Des Moines Register
-The Lansing State Journal
-The Arizona Republic
-The Courier Journal
-Tampa Bays 10
-The Clarion Ledger
-The Daily News Journal
-Green Bay Press Gazette .
Other notable coverage includes:
Rocky Mountain News: streaming from the official Republican and Democrat campaign headquarters. In addition to the live footage, they will be interspersing prerecorded footage of voter interviews and other election footage.
Laura Flanders: GRITtv’s host will hold a special election day show from 12 to 2pm (ET) with the Nation magazine, Alternet, and The Media Consortium.
The Uptake: citizen journalism website will be having reports from Chicago, New York, Saint Paul, and many others.
GroundReport : NYC-based media platform will be featuring coverage from techPresident’s Election Night Boiler Room, YouTube’s Video Your Vote and twitter initiative VoteReport.
Maron V Seder: the successful duo will also broadcast a special show starting at 9.30pm (ET).
We will continue to update this list tomorrow. Check out our featured channels list.