updated 04:57 pm EDT, Sun October 14, 2012
Over 8 million simultaneous streams of skydiving record attempt
Google has broken a record for streaming a live event. A 120,000-foot parachute jump by Felix Baumgartner on the Red Bull Stratos project saw over 8 million simultaneous live streams running through YouTube, alongside live television coverage of the balloon's launch, the skydive, and the landing.
The previous highest number of simultaneous streams was set during Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, notes All Things D, where Akami served a peak of 7 million streams, although not all were of live video. Google's own previous record for live streaming was for 500,000 concurrent streams during the recent Summer Olympic Games.
Baumgartner jumped from his balloon capsule at a height of 128,097 feet, and reached a speed of 833.9 miles per hour (373 meters per second) during his freefall period. Although still needing to be verified by the FAI, his top speed of Mach 1.24 during the descent places him as the first man to break the sound barrier while skydiving, along with other related records.