So did you tune in this morning for all the coverage of the Royal Wedding? If you didn’t, I’m sure you’ll end up being in the minority. In fact, Royal Wedding coverage has already broken at least one record.
Livestream.com reports that it set a new record for concurrent viewers online.
The company says that its live coverage of Prince William and Kate Middleton‘s wedding surpassed 300,000 concurrent viewers at 6 a.m. EST on Friday.
Livestream CEO Max Haot says he expects “at least 2 million” unique viewers by the time the live broadcast is over.
Akamai, the company that hosts some of the web’s largest news sites, is also now reporting that the Royal Wedding broke some other live streaming records as well. A company spokesperson says that “concurrent live streams of Royal Wedding on Akamai surpassed the 1.6M peak set by World Cup in June of 2010.”
That having been said, however, the Royal Wedding wasn’t quite the biggest event in internet history. While the 4.6 million page views per minute reported by Akamai today does exceed the total for Barack Obama‘s inauguration, they are still below the record 10.3 million page views per minute set last June when a World Cup qualifying match and the longest Wimbledon tennis match in history were going on at the same time.