Uh-oh: Oprah's streamed New Earth Event runs short on bandwidth

Uh-oh: Oprah's streamed New Earth Event runs short on bandwidth

Summary: Last night's inaugural, Skype co-sponsored  webcast of Oprah Winfrey's Oprah.com New Earth Event scored 500,000 simultaneous log-ins.

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Last night's inaugural, Skype co-sponsored  webcast of Oprah Winfrey's Oprah.com New Earth Event scored 500,000 simultaneous log-ins.

That would be all well and good, but the gathering multitudes resulted in 242 Gbps of information moving over the 'net at the same time.

This morning, Oprah.com is posting a statement acknowledging resulting delays in viewing the webcast, and noting that work is continuing to find a specific cause for what happened.

The statement says in part:

Harpo Productions, Inc., Move Networks and Limelight Networks recognize that interactive Internet broadcasting to a mass audience is still an emerging medium, and we're proud to have been pioneers in pushing the industry forward. We deeply regret that some of our audience did not have an optimal viewing experience and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. The first session of the webinar will be available in its entirety for viewing on Oprah.com or for downloading as a podcast on Oprah.com or iTunes (later today).

Topics: Mobility, Browser, Hardware

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  • Just another instance of BAD PLANNING

    Shame on these guys for not knowing that when you attach the name "oprah" to an event... you get slammed. Just look at obama!

    242Gb is a lot of bandwidth though.. they should of done streaming mirrors around the globe. Bad Planning.. period
    Been_Done_Before
  • RE: Uh-oh: Oprah's streamed New Earth Event runs short on bandwidth

    I could not get a full screen view and also the conversations kept freezing up on me about every fourth word. I finally gave up on watching. I entered on website for a seat--my location is Ottumwa Iowa.
    dascha1
  • Um.. Is it Victoria's or Oprah's secret then?

    Lesson learned - borrow a billion and give away a billion, but
    don't put it all into New Media. That would be the foolish
    thing to do with your cloud.
    dascha1
  • RE: Uh-oh: Oprah's streamed New Earth Event runs short on bandwidth

    This was not a bandwidth issue and you should correct
    your article accordingly...

    From Shelley Palmer:

    "What actually happened? According to an executive closely
    tied to the project, they were up to about 800,000 users
    when a logical error in the caching servers caused the
    system to crash. It is important to understand that the only
    way to ever find a coding error like this is to put a system
    truly under stress. You can???t simulate 800,000 users in the
    lab, you need to play with live ammo. Kudos to Oprah and
    her team for pushing the envelope this hard.

    The crash was not caused by a lack of bandwidth, an
    overwhelming number of users or any infrastructure issues
    at all. It was a simple coding error ??? nothing more. The
    error was identified and is now fixed. It is entirely possible
    that next Monday???s webcast will enjoy over a million users,
    maybe more."

    http://www.shellypalmermedia.com/2008/03/07/oprahs-
    webcast-the-state-of-the-art-but-not-what-you-think/
    jmdgls
  • I'm speechless on this one

    http://tinyurl.com/3t225n

    Will miss his reporting.
    dascha1
  • RE: Uh-oh: Oprah's streamed New Earth Event runs short on bandwidth

    It seems to be good solution
    http://voipsipsdk.com/Download.aspx
    it.ragester
  • RE: Uh-oh: Oprah's streamed New Earth Event runs short on bandwidth

    What's the saying..."you get what you pay for"!
    2bees