Everyone knows that during Macworld Expo, the only A tickets are the Apple party Tuesday night (which this year featured a live performance by Third Eye Blind) and Steve Jobs’s opening keynote. This year, in addition to delivering another terrific show to the Mac faithful, Jobs also delivered a command performance of a different sort: the largest number of concurrent viewers for a scheduled, live Webcast.
According to Akamai, the company that serves the live streams for Apple’s QuickTime TV, at its peak the keynote had 35,407 simultaneous viewers accessing 5.3 gigabits per second of video at broadband rates. This tops Apple’s previous personal best of 21,000 simultaneous viewers at last summer’s Macworld Expo in New York City.
Broadband rates are defined as 300 kilobits per second, or those speeds are generally available over T1, Cable, DSL, and ISDN connections.
“Not only are we delivering more and more streams to more viewers,” said Frank Casanova, Director of QuickTime Product Marketing. “These sessions were all at T1 performance and quality.”
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