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72 Million Live Streams in 188 Countries on YouTube; App Engine Server 32,000 Requests Per Second for the Royal Wedding

Times have definitely changed: while the only viewing platform for the wedding of Charles and Diana was television back in 1981, but the last royal wedding had us watching the live stream of the service and procession on YouTube – with the British Monarchy’s official YouTube channel TheRoyalChannel receiving almost 28 million views.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are YouTube’s newest megastars. “The Royal Wedding was live streamed 72 million times around the world to 188 countries. The total streams on April 29, 2011 reached 101 million as romantics around the globe tuned in to watch the fairytale ceremony, the procession and the final balcony kiss,” revealed YouTube blog.

“The Official Royal Wedding web site generated over 2,000 requests per second, serving 15 million page views from 5.6 million visitors on the day of the wedding. Since the launch on March 2, there’ve been approximately 37.7 million page views from 13.7 million visitors to the site, which was hosted on Google App Engine and built by Accenture.

Despite this load, the web site ran smoothly, serving off Google’s shared platform without disturbing the other 200,000+ apps, which collectively serve over 1.5 billion views per day.

However, from a load perspective, the really busy Google App Engine app was the YouTube Royal Channel site. This app’s traffic peaked at 32,000 requests per second (!) – with an additional 10,000 requests per second during the 10 seconds around the kiss(es),” revealed Google App Engine team.

Live streams were highest in the UK and the US, but looks like love was in the air across the channel as well. The top 5 countries viewing the live event online were:

  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • France

[Source: YouTube blog]

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